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C.I.T - Community Inclusive Trust. Where learning comes first

How do I contact you?
https://citacademies.co.uk/contact-us/

How many schools are in the Trust and where are they?
The Community Inclusive Trust (C.I.T) currently has 15 academies across Lincolnshire. The Trust consists of 6 mainstream primary schools, 9 special schools, and a Teaching School – LEARN Teaching School Alliance.
Read more at: https://citacademies.co.uk/welcome-to-c-i-t/

When was C.I.T formed?
The Trust was formed in September 2014, founded by two outstanding schools, Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF) – Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School.

What are your vision and values?
All members of C.I.T are accountable for our values, which are:
TRUST – We underpin all relationships with trust.
RESPECT – We celebrate all individuals, organisations and cultures.
OUTSTANDING PROVISION – We develop excellence in learning that is at the heart of the community.
PERSONALISED LEARNING – We will nurture and inspire everyone.
Read more at: https://citacademies.co.uk/our-vision-and-values/

What is a Multi-Academy Trust?
A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) operates more than one academy school. Academy schools are directly funded by the Department for Education and independent of Local Authority control. C.I.T challenges and supports its academies to provide the highest levels of education and care for their pupils. Across C.I.T we work together through the sharing of staff, expertise, pooling of resources, and the development of each other’s strengths so that all employees and pupils have the chance to reach their full potential.
Read more at: https://citacademies.co.uk/our-vision-and-values/

How many pupils are in the Trust?
Currently, CIT educate and care for over 2,000 pupils. Over 1,400 primary school pupils and almost 700 SEND pupils.

How many staff are part of the Trust?
Currently, CIT employ over 700 people.

What does the Teaching School do?
Two of C.I.T’s ‘outstanding’ schools; Sandon School and Ambergate Sports College lead the Teaching School, LEARN TSA. Working alongside and in collaboration with the other Teaching Schools within Lincolnshire, they specialise in all areas of Special Educational Needs and as such, their aim is to support all schools to ensure that all pupils across Lincolnshire with SEN receive an outstanding education.
Read more at: https://www.learnteachingschool.co.uk/

How do you maintain high standards?

As members of C.I.T our purpose is “To put learners first every time”, this requires us to maintain the highest standards of education and care for all children and young adults within the C.I.T family. To achieve this, every effort is made to meet our mission statement – to provide an educational environment where learners come first.
The Community Inclusive Trust ensures that each school within the Trust has a Health Check on an annual basis. Health Checks form the basis on which the school’s trajectory is measured, and is used to assess a full range of school activities.
Read more at: https://citacademies.co.uk/health-checks/

Where do I find information about Safeguarding and Policies?

You can find all of our Safeguarding information here: https://citacademies.co.uk/safeguarding/
All of our policies can be found here: https://citacademies.co.uk/cit-policies/

What services are offered to schools within C.I.T?
The C.I.T Support Hub offers a comprehensive suite of services including:
• School Improvement
• Professional and Leadership Development
• Safeguarding Support
• Finance – accountancy/auditing, monitoring and budget setting packages
• HR and Payroll
• Central Fundraising Team
• PR & Marketing
• Health and Safety
• Estates Management
• ICT
• Projects and Conversions
• Legal
• Performance Management
• Health Checks
• Condition improvement Bids (Over £5m secured during 2017/18)
• Facilities

What makes the Trust unique?
C.I.T is a family of schools. We work together. The Trust has a Support Hub working for the schools delivering a suite of services.
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The Trust also believes in offering over and above a national curriculum to all pupils across the Trust. With this in mind, since C.I.T was formed, grant bidding has been viewed as an essential role to benefit schools and the pupils directly. Over £950,000 has been raised so far by the Fundraising Team, funding successful projects across individual schools in the Trust such as outdoor classrooms, minibuses, playground equipment, sensory rooms, and Forest Schools.
Read more about our Forest Schools: https://citacademies.co.uk/forest-schools/

What do you specialise in?
C.I.T specialise in SEND and mainstream Primary provisions. We believe there is a need to inject choice into the present arrangements for primary schools and special educational needs. We understand the focus of the unique role of mainstream primary education in improving the life chances of all children.
Read more at: www.citacademies.co.uk/why-join-cit/

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