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Our Communities and Local Partnerships

The HfL MAT works within all the communities which our academies serve; the MAT’s central office is based in Stevenage and our preference is for our academies to generally be located within an hour’s travelling time. Our communities vary in terms of rural and urban settings and affluent and deprived contexts. As an employer we welcome staff who have deep knowledge and understanding of schools and academies and their communities and how best to bring about improvement through proven collaborative methods.

We know it is important to use our contacts and local knowledge to succession-plan and recruit strong, effective and skilled academy governors where they are needed, deploying effective governors including NLGs to support governing bodies and to induct new governors.

We plan to encourage and build on existing community partnerships and broker and strengthen others.  The HfL MAT is outward facing, ensuring that partnerships with health, the police, social care, the business community and creative organisations are contributing to the wellbeing, personal development and career opportunities for all children educated in the MAT as well as helping our pupils to develop a strong sense of the importance of community, volunteering and serving others alongside other important core British values.

We see the wider community as part of the rich resource upon which our academies will be encouraged to draw upon to stimulate curiosity, widen opportunities and deepen learning.

All academies in the MAT will benefit from access to the Parent2Parent programme which supports parents to engage with and help their children to learn.

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