At ONE Academy Trust we believe that every child has the right to an engaging, exciting education. We believe in providing inclusive, supportive and safe learning environments for all our children. ONE Academy Trust has a strong collaborative ethos and strives to facilitate the sharing of best practice to help schools to achieve this.

Each of our schools operates differently and in different circumstances. Our approach is dictated by what is ‘right for the school’, not via a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We describe our approach as a partnership. We are in this together as we share the same common goals – for our children, staff, schools and communities to achieve. This is an exciting journey, however, we know that this can be both complex and challenging as well.

We place a high value on celebrating the identity and uniqueness of our schools, supported by a strong collaborative Trust community.

Our Schools

ONE Academy Trust comprises of 8 primary schools situated in Nottingham, Derby, Derbyshire and Forest Town. Our schools are:

• Abbey Primary School

• Arnbrook Primary School

• Derwent Primary School

• Dovedale Primary School

• Sawley Infant School

• Sawley Junior School

• Shardlow Primary School

• Southwark Primary School

Aims and Values


At ONE Academy Trust we are privileged to work alongside so many amazing people, delivering high quality curriculums and provision within safe environments for our children. So many people contribute to our successes, which is what makes the quality of our Trust sustainable.  

To fulfil our aims, we have six key strategic objectives which will steer our growth and development.

These are:

• A self-sustaining system: Fostering a culture of continuous and adaptive improvement through accurate self-evaluation, challenge, support and appropriate action

• High quality, inclusive education: Creating a co-constructed and coherent conception of quality of education, including inclusivity

• A skilled workforce: Creating a high-performing working culture for all staff that promotes collaboration, aspiration and support

• Viable and sustainable: Using financial data and intelligence to set a stable and accurate financial strategy recognising the importance of robust strategies to support innovative, effective and efficient use of resources across the Trust

• Enhancing Governance: Having governance arrangements that demonstrate legitimate and visionary leadership, clarity of governing and managerial relationships, effective oversight, supportive structures for sustainability and to achieve the greatest possible economies

• Tangible asset management: Improve the way premises and assets are used to support sustainability and increase operational effectiveness.

Our values are embedded within our schools and are at the heart of everything we do each day.

Our Staff Benefits

• Part Of The Service - Access to health, wellbeing and counselling programmes.

• Active Life - Salary reclaim and employee incentives that support active life

• Healthy Work Environment - We will install water coolers in every academy to keep hydration levels up.

• Induction - Comprehensive induction packages into the Trust at all levels.

• Rewards - Reward systems that are fair, equal and appropriate.

• Learning For You - We will support you in enhancing your knowledge, skills and professional aspirations.

• Equipped - Equipment that works and does not hinder employees in carrying out their job.