We have applied to form a Multi-Academy Trust of three secondary schools serving the communities of Tameside and over approximately 2700 children and young people. Our Academies are partnered currently with eleven local primary schools and we intend to grow this model.

This process has involved statutory consultation with parents and staff and internal consultation with our many children and young people.

Our mission – if the consultation proves to be positive - is to lead educational excellence in a family of great schools in which to learn, teach and belong. Ours are or are to be high performing Academies which maximise student achievement, develop character, value diversity and promote tolerance. We will ensure that Trust students have high aspirations, realised through our collective endeavour. students learn together in happy and orderly communities across the towns.

For further details of the process, please read our update, at the bottom of this page.

Our Mission

Our Trust will host a family of great community-based schools in which to learn, teach and belong.

Our Core Educational Purposes

  1. Our Trust will become known for imbuing in our learners positive character traits and enquiring minds and for the talent and professionalism of our staff.
  2. Through a cycle of creative self and peer improvement, any school with us for three years or more will be in the top 25% of similar schools nationally for the academic progress of its learners.
  3. Students in our Trust will receive a distinctive trust-wide community and educational dividend in the form of co-curricular electives where significant additional opportunities will be made available to our students, starting with Year 7.

Get Set For TRET

This is a very exciting time for the development of schools in Tameside.  Our proposed Multi-Academy Trust is in the process of development.  As part of that process there is consultation with students, parents and staff, where all with have the opportunity to help forge a strong Trust identity, consider the benefits for our schools and communities of working and sharing together and assuage any concerns that may arise in the meantime.  Please read later updates on our planning.


In our Trust each school’s Headteacher will be empowered to lead her/his school to improve the life-chances of the students in her or his charge, supported by a Trust Executive Headteacher (who will also lead one of the schools) and a Chief Executive Officer that will lead improvement, innovation and educational impact.  Between them, they will maintain and further enrich the distinctive place of each school in the heart of its community but align in key educational and leadership areas where the schools will be stronger together.


There will be three levels of governance, accountable not only to the Department for Education but for the schools and communities they serve. They will hold the CEO and Headteachers to account and ensure that the Trust operates as a charity and a limited company should do.  

The members will meet twice a year.  They will set the overall purpose, ethos and strategic direction of the Trust, making key appointments to ensure each of these is upheld.  The Trust will not be able to expand without their approval.

The Trust Board will be made up of committed and values-driven volunteers with considerable leadership, educational and business expertise, and will meet four times per year.  It will form the board of directors of the charity, over-seeing the day-to-day running of the Trust.  The board will be assisted by two committees:  the Audit Committee (which will check that the Trust complies with all relevant legal obligations and regulations, both operationally and financially) and the Talent and Human Resources Committee (which will work with schools to recruit, train, develop and retain the very best teachers, support staff and leaders).

Local Governing Bodies will meet around six times a year, and will study the performance of each school in detail, holding the Headteachers to account for the performance and culture of their school.  They will make recommendations to the Trust Board as appropriate.

The Trust scheme of delegation and register of interests will be available in our Trust ‘on-line’ library, if consultation and RSC approval should follow.   There will be a very clear and rigorous Governor Code of Conduct, again available in our library.

Trust up-date

Tame River Educational Trust (TRET) Developments:  2021-22 Opening

These are very exciting times as we move closer to the launch of our Tame River Educational Trust and this is the first update of this calendar year on the planning taking place between Alder Community High School, Droylsden Academy and Mossley Hollins High School to co-construct our Educational Trust.  As you will be aware, our aim is to launch next year and this ambition remains on track. Regular meetings involving the Headteachers and Chairs of Governors are taking place and many of these meetings include the DFE Project Lead, the Local Authority and our solicitor. 

As you know, Alder Community High School intends to transfer to a sponsored Multi-Academy Trust.  There will be no changes to the school name or uniform. We have long ago agreed our mission and core educational purposes and these sit perfectly with our current school values and priorities.  

Let’s remind ourselves of this mission and purpose:

In the Tame River Educational Trust our family of community-based schools will share the same mission and educational purposes, promoted and supported by our Sponsor:

Our Mission:

Our Trust will host a family of great community-based schools in which to learn, teach and belong;

Our Core Educational Purposes

  1. Our Trust will become known for imbuing in our learners positive character traits and enquiring minds and for the talent and professionalism of our staff;
  2. Through a cycle of creative self and peer improvement, any school with us for three years or more will be in the top 25% of similar schools nationally for the academic progress of its learners;
  3. Students in our Trust will receive a distinctive Trust-wide Community and Educational Dividend in the form of Electives as part of a co-curricular offer, starting with Year 7.

These are ambitious.  But they are not mere aspirations on a bit of paper.  We aim to be there, together, with the support of all staff, students, parents and the community, in 3 years from the launch date, at the latest.  Regardless of socio-economic context or history, each school will be committed to the above, as will be any new school joining us in the future.  We will be stronger together. 

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