The Black Pear Trust Welcome
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to find out more about The Black Pear Trust. We are a small trust who hope to expand to ten schools over the next few years. We work personally and collaboratively with all our stakeholders so our intention is to stay within a manageable number of schools within a workable distance. Our Trust Motto, Growing Excellent Learning Communities Together, reflects our inclusive philosophy that everyone within our community has a role in learning, starting with our children and their parents and growing to other schools and higher institutions. We set high expectations for all our children and believe that enabling them and their wider community to achieve is everyone’s responsibility.
We welcome all children to our schools. Welcoming and embracing all learners increases the expertise of our teaching staff who work to make a difference to the lives of every learner.
Parents are our children’s first teachers and we encourage parents to share their knowledge of their children with us. Our schools run an open door policy encouraging parents to work in partnership with the schools. We provide workshops within our schools to support parents in helping their children succeed. Our schools send home regular newsletters to keep parents informed and parents meetings are held once a term.
Schools within the trust work together, share professional development and best practice, however we also work collaboratively with a number of schools within Worcestershire, and nationally, on various research projects. Our Black Pear ITT Alliance is an alliance of good local schools who train teachers to an excellent standard. The transition from primary to secondary school is an important life transition that can affect children’s attainment and wellbeing in the longer term. We work with the local secondary schools to minimise the impact of major changes that all children experience during transition to high school that can negatively impact on their learning. We also work with local secondary schools. The transition from primary to secondary school needs to be managed well to ensure that children’s attainment and wellbeing are supported. We work together to minimise the impact of changes that all children experience during the transition, which otherwise could negatively impact on their learning.
Higher Education Institutions
We are proud to work closely with a number of higher education institutions. Worcester University class us as an outstanding partner and we work with them to support teacher training and to provide good quality continuing professional development for our staff. University College Birmingham support our teacher apprenticeship scheme, through pedagogy and professional studies. We are excited to be working with Warwick University on a research project to encourage children from disadvantaged backgrounds to be successful in applying to university. Our work with higher institutions enables us to keep all of our practitioners aware of current advances in education.