ESF
The Emmanuel Schools Foundation

About Us

Welcome

The Emmanuel Schools Foundation (ESF) provides centres of academic excellence where staff and students have the opportunity to achieve their personal best. Beginning with Emmanuel College in 1990. The Foundation has sponsored academies in Middlesbrough – The King’s Academy, which opened in 2003 – and in Doncaster – Trinity Academy, which opened in 2005 – and in Blyth, Northumberland – Bede Academy, which opened in 2009.

The Foundation creates an environment and provides the facilities for young people to develop their academic, moral and spiritual potential to the full. It is our desire to produce students who are well rounded, wise, confident, able young people who reach their full potential and go on to higher education and to significant careers.

ESF believes economic regeneration, prosperity in the North East and full and satisfying lives can be achieved by the development of the able young people within Foundation Schools.

The Foundation has the vision and the passion to create the right environment for our staff to achieve high professional standards as well as giving our students the very best start in life.

Mission Statement

To provide a centre of academic excellence where all students and staff have the opportunity to work hard to achieve their personal best.

To encourage personal, moral and spiritual development within a Christian framework.

To create a disciplined, sensitive environment where everyone is equally valued.

Core Values

Board of Directors

The Board’s principal activity is the operation of the Foundation’s four schools. The current directors are:

Name Role
Nigel Robson Chairman
Martin Oldknow Trustee
Mark Pike Trustee
Donald Hutton Trustee

Any letter intended for the Board of Directors please direct to Miss C Taylor, Company Secretary, Trinity House, Bede Academy, sixth Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 2SY

ESF Declarations

ESF Board Attendance

The Emmanuel Schools Foundation (ESF) structure.

The ESF Trustees sit together as the ESF Board which has responsibility for protecting the interests and assets of each ESF school as well as ensuring the ethos and values of ESF are maintained.  The ESF Board is responsible for group strategy, management and governance of ESF together with financial and educational performance of the schools.  The ESF Board is accountable for all statutory functions.  Many of these functions are discharged on behalf of the ESF Board by the Executive.

At a local level, trustees delegate governance functions to a Local Governing Body (“LGB”) at each school. Trustees have complete discretion over what is delegated to each LGB.  They may, for example, decide to delegate all functions to a school that is performing well and only a few to those that need greater support.  The details of what has been delegated from the ESF Board to the LGB’s are detailed in a scheme of delegation for each LGB.  ESF has three clear schemes of delegation which set out the functions delegated to the LGB at each school, any School Improvement Board (SIB) or Academy Improvement Board (AIB).

The schemes of delegation are as follows:

LGB scheme of delegation

SIB scheme of delegation

AIB scheme of delegation

Our Schools

The Emmanuel Schools Foundation (ESF) provides centres of academic excellence where staff and students have the opportunity to achieve their personal best. Beginning in Gateshead with Emmanuel College in 1990, the Foundation includes three academies – in Middlesborough (The King’s Academy which opened in 2002), in Doncaster (Trinity Academy, which opened in 2005), and in Blyth, Northumberland (Bede Academy, which opened in 2009).

ESF was originally sponsored by Sir Peter Vardy who, in 2010, asked United Learning (UL) to take on the strategic oversight of the schools.

The Foundation creates an environment and provides the facilities for young people to develop their academic, moral and spiritual potential to the full. It is our desire to produce students who are well rounded, wise, confident, able young people who reach their full potential and go on to higher education and to significant careers.

ESF believes economic regeneration, prosperity in the North and full and satisfying lives can be achieved by the development of the able young people within Foundation Schools. We have the vision and the passion to create the right environment for our staff to achieve high professional standards as well as to give our students the very best start in life.

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The work we do

The ESF central team provide professional support and services to the schools within the Foundation. These include:

Human Resources

Human Resources 

Payroll

Payroll Services

Finance

Finance 

It Support

IT Support

Web Site Design

Web Site Design

Project Management

Project Management

Business Development

Business Development

Catering

Catering

The above services are also available to schools outside of the Foundation. Please enquire for further details to info@esf-mail.org.uk or telephone 01670 543566.

Academic

Discovery Alliance

The purpose of the Discovery Alliance is to facilitate a closer working relationship between 6 Academies for the benefit of the pupils and families we serve. The Alliance consists of 5 Primary and 1 Secondary Academies in Middlesbrough:

The Discovery Alliance is a new pioneering model of Academy Trust, called ‘Umbrella Trust +’, about which the DFE said:

A Ground Breaking model of school to school support and collaboration with the interests of all children at its heart

There will be shared working in each of the following areas:

  • Attendance strategies
  • Discipline and behaviour strategies
  • Standards and expectations in Maths and English
  • Literacy development and improvement
  • Numeracy development and improvement
  • Effective engagement and support for the most disadvantaged pupils and their families
  • Engagement with all pupils and their parents
  • Years 6 to 7 transition arrangements
  • Cross-phase SEN provision
  • Cross-phase Gifted and Talented provision
  • Cross-phase activities and events

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Press Release

Converting to an Academy allows us to work with other schools in a creative and purposeful way, promoting high standards for all our pupils whilst still maintaining our own individual ethos. We are really excited about this new chapter in the life of our school.Rose Wood Academy’s Head Teacher, Mrs Sinclair

It’s taken 18 months or more in the planning process to agree what we’re going to do but now we’ve got the benefit of having six schools together in an umbrella trust. This is a wonderful opportunity for the school to begin the next part of its journey and to work with the local schools Hemlington Hall’s Head Teacher, Mrs Edmonson

Achievement

Emmanuel College, Gateshead, has been an Ofsted “Outstanding” school for its entire 24-year history, a record it is believed no other school in England has achieved. It is the North East’s leading state secondary school in several measures including: the benchmark five GCSEs at A*-C grade including English and mathematics; the highest percentage of students achieving the English Baccalaureate; and students’ progress in mathematics.

The King’s Academy, Middlesbrough, marked its tenth anniversary with its best results to date and a £1.2m investment in Sixth Form and performing arts facilities. In its first decade, the academy was placed among the top 10% of schools in England for added value and as been the “most improved” school in the North East. The academy welcomes four times the average percentage of students with special needs with provision described as “exemplary” and “outstanding”.

Trinity Academy, in Thorne, near Doncaster, has won countless accolades since opening in 2005, including being the “most improved” school in Yorkshire and in England over three years. Attendance is currently at its highest ever level and there is widespread recognition that the academy has had a profound and lasting impact on aspirations among young people, their attainment and the opportunities it offers them, being singled out as “a beacon of hope” by Lord Adonis in 2007.

Bede Academy, in Blyth, was one of the first all-through academies in England, with children aged from three-18 when it opened its new buildings on two sites in 2009. Within two years, it was raising aspirations and making good progress towards raising standards and attainment was already reaching significantly higher levels.

The GCSE and A Level results of last year’s Y11 and 13 students set a host of new records for Emmanuel.  Students have now learned that their hard work has earned them the top spot in the North East for:

  • the benchmark five GCSEs at A*-C grade including English and mathematics, with 91 per cent of students achieving the target, a figure that puts the college in 16th position nationally;
  • the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) with 63 per cent of students gaining the required C grade or higher across English, mathematics, a science, a foreign language and a humanities subject. The next best state school stands at 52 per cent, and Emmanuel’s achievement puts it 21st nationally;
  • progress in mathematics, a key government target, achieved by 95 per cent of the yeargroup, placing them first in the North East and 19th across England.

Jonathan Winch congratulated students on their achievement, adding: “At Emmanuel we put character first, knowing that achievement will follow. It’s a privilege to work with young people who give so much back. They richly deserve these fabulous results.”

The college also has one of the highest percentages among state schools in the region for students achieving at least two As and a B in so-called ‘facilitating subjects’ at A level, and a record eight students won places at Oxbridge.

Performance

Performance

Joining Our Team

Our Team

Patricia Rowland Finance Director & Head of Support Services

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Patricia joined the foundation in January 1992 with previous private sector experience as management accountant gained from within… Read More

Joy Saini Head of IT

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Joy has 14 years’ experience in Information Technology in both the private and public sector. He joined ESF… Read More

Alison Seaward-Birchall Head of Human Resources

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Alison joined ESF in April 2013, with a remit to provide specialist HR advice, guidance and practical support… Read More

Vacancies

Contact & Location

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