Colleague Testimonies

Leads from across the Trust meet regularly to share expertise and collaborate on key teaching and learning areas through key discussion points and visits to each other’s settings. Across all areas and specialisms, joint training has reduced staff workload and developed a culture of networking.

In partnership with Ambition, we offer the National Professional Qualifications extending from middle leadership to executive leadership, as well as one-day conferences on key leadership themes. We continue to invest in training experienced leaders from within the Trust to become facilitators for the NPQ Alliance and equip participants with the skills and attributes required for success.

Here’s what our colleagues say:

I joined Delta as Vice Principal in September 2018 and it has undoubtedly been my biggest career challenge to date, after my first year, I recognised the change in me as a Senior Leader and believe I have continued to grow. I gave the post serious consideration on the basis that I have never experienced working for a big organisation like Delta Academies Trust. However, the collective vision for changing the culture and developing excellence in teaching and learning is at the heart of the organisation and this marries with my own.

On a strategic level, I believe that being a leader within Delta empowers teams to look at doing things differently in order to accelerate progress and not simply ‘do more’. Adopting an ethos that looks at each student as an individual before creating a collective approach to raising standards are in place is coupled with a relentless approach to moving outcomes forward. A key part of this is that senior leaders are seen to be setting the standards at their highest when teaching and modelling best practice at every opportunity.

The benefit of a large trust is that there are many opportunities to increase your portfolio and take you out of your comfort zone. This can be through CPD; I enrolled onto NPQH to develop my skill set and attained the qualification in 2021. It can also be via the varied aspects of the role a senior leader presents. However, this is always done with the confidence that someone within the trust is likely to be an expert in that field and you can tap into that to develop professionally. I feel fully supported, by both my Principal and the Executive Leadership Team, in tackling complacency in teaching and learning to ensure the core values around securing the best outcomes for students are met in a way that is sustainable and not simply a quick fix.

The Academy I work in has undoubtedly seen a shift in standards over the three years I have been in post, the consistency of the Trust wide policy provides a platform from which students can feel safe and thrive. I am proud of the part I have played as part of the leadership team where a change in culture has improved the progress of pupils and seen a shift in engagement in learning on the back of this.

I would, without reservation, encourage colleagues to consider career opportunities within Delta Academies Trust but I suggest that the essential ingredients you need to bring are enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism.

– Kirsty Holt, Vice Principal