Our Vision


To provide an exceptional education that is inclusive and challenging for all and which provides wider opportunities for the children within the Epping Forest Trust to flourish.



 We have an uncompromising ambition to use (The) Power of Collaboration to provide outstanding provision through:

  • An inclusive, unrelenting focus on high quality first teaching
  • A rich, broad and stimulating curriculum 
  • A high aspiration for all children regardless of their background to achieve their best possible outcomes
  • A wide range of experiences to develop the whole child
  • An environment where good mental health and wellbeing is nurtured
  • A safeguarding culture to respond to our local context and the needs of our pupils
  • Strong foundations for the next stage of education or employment



To achieve our vision, we will endeavour to:

  • Ensure schools retain their distinct character and are integrated into their local community 
  • Enable schools to be autonomous in their day-to-day operations
  • Recruit and develop high calibre staff
  • Deliver a programme of high quality professional development
  • Offer a range of leadership opportunities
  • Use an operating model that encourages contributions from all staff
  • Use evidence-based, forward-thinking approaches to education
  • Work with external partners
  • Listen to parents and the wider community
  • Promote positive staff health and wellbeing
  • Run financially efficient schools
  • Ensure fair allocation of opportunities and resources
  • Have strong governance to support and challenge
  • Maintain safe and stimulating premises
  • Nurture a diverse network of faith and non-faith schools that promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. 



We will uphold the following values:

  • Personal: confidence, a sense of achievement, enjoyment, resilience, ambition, curiosity 
  • Relationships: hope, compassion, kindness, connection, belonging
  • Teamwork: respect, tolerance, working together for excellence
  • Service: being a responsible citizen in our community



We expect the following behaviours from everyone in the Trust:

  • Challenge and Support
  • Collaboration
  • Commitment
  • Co-operation
  • Motivation
  • Openness and communication 
  • Responsibility
  • Tolerance and Respect



We aim to achieve the following priorities over the next three years:

  1. Quality of Education

All schools have access to a stimulating and creative curriculum which is grounded in robust education pedagogy with clearly articulated principles of high quality teaching and learning with coherent intent, informed implementation and positive impact on ensuring excellent outcomes (attainment and progress) for all pupils.

  1. Health and Wellbeing

Having a clear health and wellbeing strategy for all stakeholders; all staff to be effective trauma perceptive practitioners.

  1. Workforce Development

Ensure Professional Development is research-informed and progressive for all stakeholders; all staff participate actively in lifelong learning and taking ownership of the development of their talents and skills, through an evolving National and Trust provision.

  1. Governance

Build upon existing strong governance to develop robust Local Governing Boards that support and challenge schools.

  1. Finance and Operations

Realise the financial and operational benefits of being in a Trust by using shared expertise and economies of scale to support all pupils fairly; enable schools and therefore the Trust to be efficient

  1. Technology

To use technology to facilitate a fully effective and collaborative Trust for all stakeholders.