Welcome to Southport Learning Trust

I am delighted to welcome you to Southport Learning Trust and share our vision and values and clarify the means by which we can achieve our aims.

We are a developing Trust established in 2017 for the sole purpose of supporting school improvement in our local family of schools and contributing to the concept of system leadership. This is an exciting phase of our development as we look to grow our central Trust provision to support all our schools in raising standards through common principles.

Our driver is a firm belief that collaboration is the best way to achieve this aim and we have generated evidence of success in our record to date.

Our desire is for strong  leadership and Local Governing Bodies focused whole heartedly on improving the life chances of children supported by an experienced and diverse Trust Board as set out within the parameters of our scheme of delegation. All schools growing into our family of schools are expected to commit to the spirit of collaboration and generosity that characterises our Trust.

We are determined to demonstrate that local schools, working together with talented leadership and staff, can create the conditions for all our students, no matter what their starting point, to achieve the combination of skills, qualities, qualifications and aptitudes that will enable them to thrive in a complex world.

I am privileged as an experienced educational leader, who has always believed and driven local and national collaboration, to be leading the Trust supported by a highly skilled Trust board and Headteachers, central team, senior and middle leaders who are fully engaged with supporting our vision.

Thank you for your interest.

Ian Raikes CEO Southport Learning Trust

A Vision for Southport Learning Trust

  • Every student in Southport Learning Trust schools’, without exception, will leave school with the values, skills, qualities and aptitudes that will enable them to thrive in society, combined with the highest possible learning outcomes and examination results; and
  • Each school will be the school of choice for their local community and the employer of choice for the best professionals; so that
  • The Trust has a national reputation for excellence.


Mission Statement

We are Southport Learning Trust.

We are committed to investing in the future of our Trust and the local area.

We create a climate of excellence through the collaboration and engagement of the diverse and exceptional nature of our schools.

We ensure our community flourishes in a globally aware setting which recognises the value in unique pathways to academic and moral success for all.

At the heart of our culture is the recognition that for everybody to thrive and excel they must find enjoyment and commitment to learning.

We are Southport Learning Trust. We invest in you.

Our Values


We trust in our own ability and our potential to make a difference. We trust in the professional ability of our colleagues.

We trust in the ability of our students – knowing that they can and will succeed if we create the right conditions for their success.


We respect and value our staff, encourage and support their development and reward their performance.

We respect the thoughts, feelings and ambitions of every member of our community.

We respect the differences of others and promote equality, understanding and tolerance.


We are optimistic about the future and what it holds for ourselves, our schools, our colleagues and our students. It is through this optimism that we are resilient and persevere to achieve success in everything that we do.

We expect all members of our community to demonstrate these values in their interactions with colleagues, parents and students and in their service to the Trust.