Academies of Inspiration sprang from Stanley Park High, a school created under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. It was charged with being innovative in all aspects of schooling and providing an exemplar for others seeking inspiration. Designated a One School Pathfinder in 2006, the school was relocated in 2012 and rebuilt in award winning premises in the London Borough of Sutton, south London and is proud to serve the local community. Set within a highly selective local authority, the school comprises 1200+ students, including over 90 in its unique Opportunity Bases for Autistic Spectrum Condition. Stanley Park High features a ‘schools-within- schools’ structure and has developed inspirational innovations in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment that collectively enable all learners to be active and successful participants in their own learning.
A commitment to achievement and progress according to students’ ability.
A steadfast commitment to democracy, social justice, fairness and equality.
All children have access to fully inclusive and excellent comprehensive education and that there is no selection based on ability, aptitude, faith or gender.
The uniqueness of each child being known, valued and celebrated.
Strong, nurturing relationships are viewed as both fundamental to effective learning, and fostering respect for self, others and the community.
All children can thrive, no matter what their personal circumstances.
A total commitment to the development of the whole child.
On 1st December 2016, Stanley Park High became an Academy – one with big ambitions. The school continues to be known as Stanley Park High, the first school in the Academies of Inspiration Trust. It is planned, in time, to partner with other carefully chosen schools who share our vision. This may be as members of our Trust, or informally as a growing and mutually supportive network.
Stanley Park’s path to conversion has been a long one, involving an accolade as TES Secondary School of the Year 2016 and a 'good' Ofsted inspection. We believe that the future provides a measure of independence to sculpt our own future, and stay true to our values and ethos in difficult times.
Stanley Park High characterises the type of school we would like to partner – we are a popular school with an innovative curriculum, oversubscribed for admissions and known to international partners for our resourcefulness and imagination in everything linked to education – teaching, environment, staff training and development. We are ready to share our journey with other schools and organisations, especially those who share, or would like to share, our vision.
The Trust Members are regarded as guardians of the constitution, who ensure that the charitable objects of the Trust are fulfilled.
The Trustees are responsible for strategic planning; the overall performance of the Trust, including the accounting and legal obligations; they oversee the performance and standards of the Trust and delegate many powers to Local Governing Bodies. The Trust and the school follow a delegated model of leadership with staff at all levels being actively involved in key decisions.
Finance and Audit Committee
This committee ensures that that financial processes and procedures are robustly followed with different parts of the Trust, assesses risk and risk management, and helps develop forward planning.
The Trustees delegate powers for governance to the school's Local Governing Body. The extent of delegation is set out in the Scheme of Delegation, 'update of Scheme of Delegation in progress'.