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Welcome to The Vine Trust Group - Past, Present and the Future


The Driving Force 


“The Vine Education Trust aims to be an exemplar in an education system where young people outside traditional school can reach their full academic and vocational potential.”

The Vine Education Trust is part of the Vine Trust Group which is best described as a Community Development Trust that is actively engaged in economic, environmental and social regeneration. For over 20 years the Vine Trust Walsall has designed innovative ways of engaging and progressing young people. They have recognised that there are young people of all abilities who might not otherwise reach their full potential in traditional school environments.


The Studio School will also be supported by Queen Marys Grammar School a leading education establishment in Walsall. They aim to support pupils to achieve their full academic potential.

The Group is actively involved in partnerships and alliances with the community, voluntary, private and public sectors. As a development trust we occupy the space where the business, public, community and voluntary sectors meet.

In addition to the Vine Education Trust, the Vine group has two other distinct social Enterprise and Youthwork subsidiaries click here for more information


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History 


The Vine Trust has been in operation since 1989, emerging as a direct result of the farsighted vision of local churches. The aim was to implement a system where 8 others had failed, to create an environment in support of the youth of Walsall who were increasingly seen as a burden to society in general.

For over 20 years the Vine Trust Walsall, now a Community development Trust, has designed innovative ways of engaging and progressing young people. We have recognised that there are young people of all abilities who might not otherwise reach their full potential in traditional school environments. Consequently we set up 2003 'Second Chances' Independent school. A registered 14 - 19 school that offers pupils, parents and schools an effective alternative that offers a more 'hands on' approach to learning, tailored to students' individual needs and aspirations.

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The Board of Governors 


The Governing Board has overall strategic control of the Trust. In order to ensure effective control, the Board has delegated control of policy implementation and performance monitoring to other Committees of the Board and the Board members of our subsidiaries.
The Board and Committees operate in an open and accountable way. We embrace the fundamental need to set high standards of conduct and probity and this is embedded within the Code of Conduct for Members and Staff. In order to ensure that Accord maintains a high level of governance, we have a Governance Committee consisting of staff and Board/Committee members, which meets on a regular basis to monitor and further improve our governance.



Mr Kevin Davis


Kevin is Chair of Governors, and Chief Executive Office of the Vine Trust Group the School Sponsor.

Dr Phillip Begg


Has been a Group Trustee since 2008 with particular responsibility for education. He is an Associate Dean of 'Wolverhampton University School of Health', and a Chair of the Training Primary Care Trust Community Health Board.

Mr Gerry Denston


Is a former teacher and now an education business consultant, responsible for steering through the introduction of the New Diplomas in local colleges and secondary schools.

Mr Tim Swain


Is the Head Teacher of Queen Mary's Grammar School in Walsall

Mrs Martina Rogers


A retired teacher

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Head of Studio School


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Deputy Head of Studio School


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Personal Coaches

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Learning Coaches




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Our Ethos? 



Whilst the Walsall Studio School is not a faith school, we recognise the heritage of faith that has supported many schools throughout the country through the years. The school will build on this heritage to provide holistic education to enrich the learning experience of every student.

Spiritual and moral development is a powerful resource within a school's environment, reflecting the diversity of culture, ethnic background and experience in the local community.

So what exactly is meant by 'spirituality'?

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) defines it this way:

"The development of a sense of identity, self worth, meaning and purpose. It is about the development of a student's 'spirit'. Some people may call it development of a student's 'soul', others as the development of 'personality' or character"

SACRE - the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education - believes:

"That spirituality is concerned with 'whole child' development, taking an holistic view of education. A school that continues to address spiritual development will find that children become more 'ready' learners, willing to co-operate and contribute within the school community."

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Our Mission is 


The Vine Education Trust aims to be an exemplar in an education system where young people outside traditional school can reach their full academic and vocational potential.

The Trust achieves its mission by:
Promoting a learning culture via the development of a wide range of learning opportunities and training programmes, which will equip
young people with confidence, aspirations, skills and the qualification required to achieve their goals and to sustain employment.

Key Drivers



Re-Engagement and Progression


Addressing the wide spread disengagement from traditional schooling which has resulted in an unacceptable number of students either dropping out of school or failing to attend regularly.
A student centred approach that will support each individual student to fulfil their potential within a personalised, yet holistic and integrated learning programme.



Innovative Approach to the Learning and Teaching Experience


Developing the skills and qualifications students need to succeed.
Giving young people a first-hand insight into the working world.
Developing non traditional facilities conducive to individual success.



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The Curriculum


Promoting a learning culture via the development of a wide range of learning opportunities and training programmes, which aim to equip young people with confidence, aspirations, skills and the qualification required to achieve their goals and to sustain employment

Vocational


In partnership with major employers, we have developed a number of social enterprises that engage and progress the disaffected learner.



Personalised


Our school personalises its curriculum to meet individual students needs.



Accredited


We believe that our students are entitled to have all their achievements recognised and accredited and described in a way that others can understand. Our schools offer approved and transferable qualifications that recognise, record, communicate and celebrate achievement.



Holistic


Personal and Social Development is a key component of our curriculum. Our tutors provide students with initial support and advice, whilst our professional guidance team offers a more in-depth service on careers and personal issues, working to recognised quality standards.



Excellent Facilities


Enjoy our cutting-edge facilities equipped with the latest technology and
encapsulated in our friendly learning environment.

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