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Growing educational excellence

Find out more about the multi-academy trust, our core values and our connections with local schools

The University of Portsmouth Academy Trust (UPAT) has been established to improve educational outcomes and life chances for local communities in Portsmouth and the Solent region.

UPAT is committed to inclusivity, lifelong learning and ensuring our learners are equipped to succeed at every stage.

In January 2021 the UPAT formed a multi-academy trust with:

  • Milton Park Primary School
  • Woodcot Primary School
  • Cottage Grove Primary School

The Trust will build on the unique characteristics and diversity of each member organisation. Our shared mission is to build capacity to support and grow educational excellence across the region, working with other schools and colleges, Academy Trusts and education providers.

Core values

The heart and soul of UPAT is summed up in 3 core values: Belonging, Being, Becoming.

Belonging

Every school and college in the Trust will be a place where each student feels they truly belong. A safe, respectful learning community where diversity thrives and all are voices valued. A community where everyone enjoys opportunity and choice in their learning. In which students are nurtured and resilience is built through guidance and reassurance. Together, we will never give up on anyone.

Being

We’ll offer every student space and time to develop and express their own identity, as they make meaning of the world. The foundation for growth is our confidence that everyone in our community has capability and competence. We promote a range of learning and development styles, encouraging all kinds of learners to harness their unique intelligence and find their niche.

Becoming

Ambition will underpin our culture of innovation – ambition to always achieve more for our whole community. We’ll foster creative approaches to learning and development. We’ll promote important qualities of perseverance, independence and autonomy. Our students will communicate openly, listen with empathy, think flexibly and critically and strive for accuracy.

Opportunities for schools and pupils

The University of Portsmouth Academy Trust will ensure that schools and their pupils will be exposed to a range of initiatives and events aimed at increasing participation in Higher Education. Pupils and their families will be encouraged to engage with the University from an early age through special events, while staff will benefit from development and progression supported by the School of Education and Sociology in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The University’s core commitment includes guidance on teaching, learning and education management, school improvement development plans, and wider support from the School of Education and Sociology. 

The University will provide the following core offer to all schools in the Trust:

  • Schools’ Senior Leadership Teams (SLTs) to have University access to agree initiatives involving University staff and/or resources.
  • Guidance on teaching, learning and education management, including school improvement development plans, with support from the University’s School of Education and Sociology.
  • Help to plan and design the most relevant and engaging curriculum for local children and young adults.
  • Co-ordinated collaboration with other academies in the Trust, to share expertise, ideas and resources.
  • Advocacy for your school/college and the whole Trust – nationally, regionally and in your community.
  • Support to develop the role of the local governing body.
  • Expert assistance from the University’s professional service teams (Finance, Legal, Human Resources, Estates and Communications).
  • Opportunities to negotiate access to specialist University departments, so you can enhance your curriculum.
  • Regular trips and access to University departments and their resources.
  • Schools’ leaders and teaching staff will have access and opportunities to engage with University teams and departments to further support curriculum development, teacher training and CPD.  Schools will benefit from research-led training, teacher placements, conferences and teaching and learning events, and partnerships with the University’s School of Education and Sociology.