Core Values


The Legacy Learning Trust (TLLT) is a multi-academy trust (MAT) currently with two schools in its trust and based in the North East in Middlesbrough.  TLLT is founded on firmly held beliefs that education and learning are about high expectation, high aspirations and opportunity regardless of background, where learners should be supported to achieve their very best in the classroom and are encouraged to develop as well rounded individuals who are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

The co-founders of The Legacy Learning Trust are the schools of Acklam Grange School and Linthorpe Community Primary School.  As two highly successful schools, who individually and in collaboration, have improved outcomes for children, demonstrated financial efficiencies and provided exceptional professional development of staff, we wanted to secure this partnership and protect our schools going forward.  Rather than joining an existing trust and potentially lose some of our unique character, we wanted to be the leaders creating our own multi academy trust (MAT), so that we can lead the way, keep our characteristics and build upon the huge success that we have had to date.

Guiding Principles

All members, trustees and councillors will follow the guiding principles of:
1. Care for the individual
2. Striving for excellence
3. Celebration of difference
4. Development leaders at all levels
5. Upholding the Nolan Principles:

  • Selflessness – that we should act solely in terms of the interests of our students.
  • Integrity – that we must avoid placing ourselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence us in our work. We should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for ourselves, our family, or our friends.  We must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
  • Objectivity – we must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
  • Accountability – we are accountable to the public and our stakeholders for our decisions and actions and must submit ourselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
  • Openness – we should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
  • Honesty – we should be truthful.
  • Leadership – we should exhibit these principles in our own behaviour. We should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

With the Strategic Aims to:

Develop and nurture outstanding leadership and management in and across The Legacy Learning Trust.


Secure good or better teaching, learning and assessment.

Foster excellent personal development, behaviour and welfare.


Promote excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.

Improve and achieve excellent outcomes across each phase.


6) Be a highly effective MAT with academies which run efficiently, which are well organised and value for money.


The board of trustees of The Legacy Learning Trust is required to approve a governance structure for the Trust which must be:

  • Compliant with DfE requirements, company and charity law;
  • Scalable and so adaptable to growth or change within the Legacy Learning Trust;
  • Reviewed annually by the Trustees.

The governance structure complies with the Academies Financial Handbook and the Articles of Association.

The vision and aims of the Trust are implemented through effective governance:


The Legacy Learning Trust is governed by non-executive directors constituted under a Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association.  The members are responsible for:

  • Approving the Articles of Association
  • Appointment and removal of Trustees
  • Securing the highest standards of accountability from Trustees for the provision of all learners in the Trust
  • Appointment of the Trust’s auditors and receipt of the trust’s audited annual accounts.


Trustees are responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of each school and its learners, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the trust and making sure that money is well spent.

The Trust has a maximum of nine Trustees with a range of responsibilities including the CEO.

Local Council Members

Local Council members are responsible for:

  • Overseeing the running of the school in terms of learning, standards, safety and wellbeing.
  • Holding local academy/school leadership to account for academic performance, quality of care and provision.
  • Overseeing and monitoring the effectiveness of learning strategies.
  • Considering budgeting monitoring information.
  • Representing the views of the community
  • Supporting the Headteacher in recruitment and selection, other school processes where appropriate.

Each Local Council has a maximum of 9 members, 2 of whom are parents and 2 of whom are staff.