There are 8 schools in the Trust, split between the vibrant and multicultural area of Newham and the picturesque town of Southend on the Essex coast. Our values unite us, and our differences provide more opportunities than challenges.
The Learning in Harmony Trust was established as a multi-academy trust on 1st September 2014. The Trust is largely Newham based but also has primary schools in Southend-on-Sea. The founder members were Sheringham Primary School and John F Kennedy Special School. These were joined by Upton Cross Primary School and Hartley Primary School in September 2015 and April 2016 respectively. In the autumn term 2016, the Trust extended its activities to Southend-on-Sea with Blenheim Primary School and the Federation of Greenways Schools joining. Drew Primary School, also in Newham, joined us in January 2017 .
Southend and Newham are easily connected, and the partnership across the two regions rose from historical and successful relationships between the schools, and it brings many opportunities for staff and the children to understand and learn from different settings. Newham is a thriving borough in East London, renowned for being the host of the London Olympics and one of the youngest and most ethnically diverse districts in the country. Southend is a smaller yet vibrant coastal town, famous for being the location of the world's longest pleasure pier and is within minutes of the beautiful Essex countryside.
For us, learning in harmony doesn't mean all schools have to be the same. We are proud to have both similarities and differences as schools, and see this diversity as a strength. We are bound together by our belief that, by working in partnership as one organisation, we can make a significant difference to the children and young people in our schools.
We are keen to extend our partnership further, with other schools who share our values, and we expect to further increase our number of schools in the near future. As we do so we are determined to maintain and enhance a central structure that sustainably supports all our schools. We want to be big enough to do all the amazing things we want to do, but small enough to still know each other very well.
We want to be big enough to sustainably do all the amazing things we want to do, but small enough to still know each other very well.
As a group and as individual schools, we continue to identify and share best practice externally and to use this to improve the provision for all pupils. Internally, we see ourselves as mutually accountable for each other's schools, and therefore really engage in sharing, challenging and supporting each other - while still giving each one plenty of space to explore individually and retain each school's own very unique characteristics.
As in other Multi Academy Trusts (MATs), the Learning In Harmony Trust has taken responsibility for the running of its member schools from the local councils, and we are directly funded and overseen by the Department for Education.