A Brief History
The River Learning Trust was formed in October 2015 as The Cherwell School Academy Trust, encompassing The Cherwell School and Cutteslowe Primary School, came together with Wolvercote Primary School and Tower Hill Primary Schools. Wheatley Park Secondary School joined later in that academic year. The leaders and governors of these schools helped to shape the vision and principles of the Trust which remain in place to this day. Each school recognised that the benefits of working together in the context of a formal arrangement within a multi-academy trust provided the best opportunity to improve the experience and outcomes of our pupils and staff.
Since that time the Trust has continued to grow with a mixture of sponsored and convertor academy schools, and a new free school, as the school leaders and governors of these schools recognise the benefits of being part of RLT and collaborate in its future development. Sponsor schools are those which require extra support if there are experiencing a period of difficulty, whereas convertor schools are usually in a stronger position at the time they join the Trust. The Trust ensures that the balance of schools within the Trust supports the improvement of all of the schools, and for primary schools in particular seeks to develop ‘hubs’ of more locally connected schools to support the ease of working together.
In September 2017 the Trust included 4 secondary schools (2 convertors and 2 sponsored), 7 primary schools (5 convertors and 2 sponsored) and a large SCITT (school centred initial teacher training) provider, providing education for almost 7000 pupils and trainees. Further schools, including a new secondary school due to open in Oxford in 2019, are expected to join as our schools continue to benefit from working together to achieve our aim of being a Trust of excellent schools.