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Welcome to Avonbourne International Business & Enterprise Academy Trust

‘Inspiring wonder and intellectual curiosity’

AIBET was established in June 2012, and is a multi-academy Trust spanning four educational establishments. AIBET provides a family of academic establishments for students from 4 to 19 years of age:

  • Avonwood Primary School (mixed 4 - 11)
  • Avonbourne College (secondary girls 11 - 16)
  • Harewood College (secondary boys 11 - 16)
  • Avonbourne 6th Form (mixed 16 - 18)

About Us

Our Vision

Our principal aim is to ‘inspire intellectual curiosity and wonder’ through the provision of educational opportunities which enable young minds to play a part in creating a future which has opportunities for all and encourages aspiration and determination. We believe that in an environment which treasures courage, compassion and ambition and prompts a desire to think globally; ethical and sustainable futures are born. We are deeply committed to our community both locally and internationally.

AIBET is a Multi Academy Trust and has a proven record for educational improvement and research. In recent years it has established an excellent reputation for bringing about rapid and sustainable results including leading Harewood College to ‘Good’ for the first time in the school’s history. The Trust has also opened a Primary school, (Avonwood) and Sixth Form since its formation in 2012. Enterprise and creativity is a core ingredient of our work and can be clearly seen in our innovative approaches to curriculum, teaching and learning.

As an International Trust, we believe strongly in the development of strong partnerships overseas and the Trust has both led and participated in international research. We have a range of consultants and trainers and a wealth of experience which includes advisory work on the opening of schools overseas, school leadership training and courses on pedagogy. Research projects are plentiful and many of the staff have contributed to national and international forums for the development of new and exciting pedagogical approaches to learning.

Everything we do has the child clearly and firmly at its heart. We believe passionately that every child should have the right to a good and progressive education which equips them to meet the demands of tomorrow. We believe too that a group of like-minded institutions can change the future for many children. This is why we will always extend an invitational hand to any who wishes to learn with us and join our family.

Working for us

Car Parking

Free car parking is available on site. Staff are allocated to a ‘zone’ and issued with parking permits, spaces are on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

Catering Facilities

We have a fantastic chef and 2 kitchen teams who prepare fresh home cooked meals every day. There are Canteens in Avonbourne and Harewood Colleges providing a range of hot and cold food, and hot meals are also provided daily for Avonwood Primary. The food is home cooked, reasonably priced and very tasty! We operate a cashless catering system for staff and students across the Trust.

Childcare Vouchers

We participate in the childcare voucher scheme, which provides tax benefits to working parents.


We are extremely proud of the Continual Professional Development programme at AIBET.  Our innovative system ensures that staff are both supported and challenged to drive improvement as accredited by the Investors in People, Gold Award.

All staff are expected to actively pursue their own professional development and are supported by many strategies we have put in place. Please see the CPD tab for more information.

Eye Tests

Periodic eye examinations can be claimed for by frequent users of Display Screen Equipment.  We provide assistance in the purchase of spectacles if they are deemed necessary.

Pension Scheme

As a contracted member of staff you will be automatically enrolled into either the Teachers’ Pension Scheme or the Local Government Pension Scheme (whichever is appropriate).

Further details can be found on the following websites:

·         Teachers’ Pensions

·         Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)

A Welcome from our CEO (Trust)

Welcome. I am delighted that you are interested in Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust. Founded in 2012, it comprises one Primary School, two Secondary Academies and a Sixth Form.

I am very proud to be the CEO of our Multi Academy Trust and I am particularly proud of the inspiring people who work here. The Trust is a friendly, thriving and stimulating place to work and study. Aspirations and expectations are always high and we believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to achieve and exceed their ambition. We have an amazing team of people who work together to ensure that children are always at the centre of all that we do. Their commitment to the children is exemplary and that is why all Academies in the Trust are designated ‘Good’ schools by Ofsted and why some have ‘Outstanding’ features.

The Trust is committed to the professional development of all its staff and offer opportunities for leadership development at all levels. We believe that no matter where staff are in their personal career, there should be opportunities for challenge and progression so that everyone has a chance to fulfil their potential. Our Investors in People award, held at ‘Gold’ level is a testament to the quality of the CPD programme which stretches and challenges staff to be the best they can be. Indeed this echoes what we know staff at Avonbourne Trust carry in their hearts for our students and it is why we are an inclusive Multi Academy Trust which believes that everyone has the ability to succeed with the right encouragement and support.

Our students are a fantastic group of young people who are committed to their learning and to their community. They are passionate about making a difference to the world they live in and know that the way to do that is through achieving an excellent education. The Trust has students from age 4 to 19. We have a wide range of A level courses at post 16 and provide a broad and balanced curriculum pre 16. We offer a personalised curriculum structured around two overlapping pathways. We expect the large majority of our students to achieve 5 or more good GCSE passes, including English and Mathematics, and the majority to achieve the English Baccalaureate. In addition to this, we also offer an alternative curriculum pathway which provides good pre 16 vocational education.

The Board of Directors and Governing Bodies are very innovative, skilled and effective. They are a critical friend to the Trust, providing challenge and support in equal measure. They have played a key role in the development of the Trust and have over many years helped to raise standards at the academies.

Our Academies


Avonwood is a mixed Primary School for children from age 4 – 11.

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Avonbourne College is a Secondary School for girls from age 11- 16.

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Harewood College is a Secondary School for boys from age 11 – 16.

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Avonbourne 6th Form is a mixed sixth form for students aged 16 – 18.

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CPD Programme









Our ‘Gold’ accredited Continuous Professional Development programme was a commended component in the The Investors in People report from April 2015, where we achieved the highest, Gold standard.  The report stated “development of staff is a key vehicle in the Trust’s strategy and a rich and varied programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is on offer.” Several key strengths were identified in the report:

  • Many positive instances of sharing best practice
  • Prolific programme of C P D available to all staff
  • Career progression feature strongly across the Trust

“Several staff spoke of how they had been encouraged to develop their own leadership skills by running small projects (such as new ideas for teaching and learning) or in presenting in-house sessions to their colleagues on development sessions. We have an emphasis on personalised training opportunities where staff can choose workshops that best suit their development requirements. One programme in particular ‘Be Outstanding Now’ was said to be a great way of improving performance, by utilising the skills of the very best teachers. 

At Avonbourne Trust peer to peer learning, in terms of training and coaching, form an integral part of the CPD ethos; in essence we value the skills, knowledge and understanding of our colleagues and hope to utilise these in order to benefit others and promote a culture of improvement. 

Professional Learning Communities:

Learning Communities (LC) are ‘communities of practice’ which focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding of teachers, with an emphasis on pedagogy. The focus for 2015/16 is Action Research (AR), with the purpose of developing and improving the AR skills of teachers and promoting a research-led culture.

Bespoke Teaching and Learning CPD:

Responding to evaluations by colleagues we have moved to make our teaching and learning CPD bespoke by offering colleagues choice and variety. 

Induction Programme for all new staff:

For new colleagues we offer an induction programme (currently 8 sessions) to support staff while they settle in, and we also assign them a ‘buddy’.

Middle leaders’ Conference:

One weekend per academic year there is an opportunity to improve leadership throughout the Trust by engaging in the Middle Leaders’ Conference. 

Optional Programme for Middle Leaders:

We offer an optional programme aimed at specifically at middle leaders. 

Optional Programme for Aspiring Middle Leaders:

Various dates with different topics and providers that have recently taken part in Middle leader and Senior Leader courses. 

Local Area


A vibrant town with a cosmopolitan ambience, Bournemouth has it all. With seven miles of golden sands, a sparkling sea plus a vast array of shops and restaurants. The surrounding countryside is full of picture postcard views and those lucky enough to live here feel as if they are living an extended vacation. Bournemouth has gaining a global reputation for its free festivals and all year round world class events. If you are looking to take the next step in your teaching career, Bournemouth is a location beyond compare.

Top reasons to locate in Bournemouth

  • Gorgeous golden beaches plus proximity to the Jurassic coastline, the only natural heritage site in England
  • The coastline between Bournemouth and Poole is Europe’s largest natural harbour
  • History of Bournemouth luminaries such as Mary Shelley, JRR Tolkein, Robert Louis Stevenson and more
  • Bournemouth has 364 hours more sunshine than the UK average
  • Just a 20 minute drive from the scenic New Forest
  • Dorset has the highest life expectancy in Britain
  • London is only a two and half hour drive away plus there is an international airport here too

Top reasons to teach at Avonbourne International Multi-Academy Trust

  • The unique ethos of the Trust inspires staff, students and all  stakeholders
  • Superb CPD provision throughout your career
  • Access to development, resources and mentoring by inspirational providers
  • Excellent staff well-being provision
  • We thrive at the cutting edge of innovative new approaches to education
  • All through teaching opportunities from 3 to 19 years

Transport Links

Bournemouth has excellent road links with the A338, A31, and M27 giving quick and easy access to the nearby city of Southampton. 

Bournemouth railway station is a main line station with good network links to London. There are also good coach services between Bournemouth and London and regular bus services to the surrounding towns and villages.