Why we exist
An outstanding education should not depend on your postcode
We believe that every child in our region deserves the best education possible, and we know that there is outstanding expertise across our region that can be harnessed to make this happen. That means drawing on one of the biggest strengths in the education world – the willingness to share, support and collaborate.
Working with both primary and secondary schools in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, we are working to build a Trust that provides the very best education for young people, where ever they live.
Together we are stronger
All schools are facing financial challenges and we believe that, by coming together, we can build resilience that just wouldn’t be possible on our own. As well as achieving economies of scale for schools by purchasing goods and services as one organisation, we provide a range of central services at extremely competitive costs. You can see the full list here. We also have expertise in fundraising and income generation, to ensure that schools can bring in additional funding.
You don’t have to like the academies programme to like us!
We know that the academies programme isn’t everyone’s preferred way of delivering education. However, it is the direction of travel for the foreseeable future. So we are very keen to build a collaboration of schools in our region, rather than have it ‘done to us’ by a national chain with limited understanding of the local area.
Choose your own destiny
We know that every school brings expertise that we can all learn from. So we want the schools that join us to help shape our Trust. We don't believe in moulding every school to one template. Instead, we want our schools to contribute to the long term development of the Trust.
We know education
At our heart is the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance, which trains over 100 teachers every year, runs a range of CPD courses and runs the only national SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) for modern languages. We work with over 150 schools and have built a trusted reputation for training and developing teachers. We bring this expertise and experience to inform our work across the Trust.
You can be aspirational and inclusive
We believe that every young person has the capacity to achieve beyond their expectations. We go to great lengths to keep students in school, by developing a strong, inclusive environment and investing in teams of dedicated, professional staff.
What's in a name?
Whilst we can draw upon the wealth of skills and experience in both our founding school, Silverdale, and itsTeaching School (the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance), we recognise that every school that joins us has a unique contribution to make. Whether a primary or secondary school, we want them to help shape our growing Trust, to bring their own learning, and actively get involved in developing our vision for the future.
So choosing the name ‘Chorus’ seemed appropriate: individual voices coming together to work as one.
We believe that there is strength in us working together but recognise that we must retain the unique character of every school. Our Trust is about all of our schools, not just one.
Our branding also reflects our inclusive approach - to both schools and students. We welcome a diverse range of staff, students and schools, recognising that through diversity we can find strength.