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The Charter Schools Educational Trust

Transforming lives through the power of inclusive education

About us

The Charter Schools Educational Trust (the ‘Trust’) is a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) of schools based in Southwark, south-east London. Our mission is to inspire and nurture children and young people in South London to excel, through education that transforms lives and strengthens our diverse communities.

Our schools do not select by gender, religion or attainment on entry. We currently educate just over 4000 pupils, and we employ just over 500 staff members. We are also home to a Teaching School HUB, an Education Endowment Fund Research School and a Challenge Partners HUB which provide professional training, school improvement support and access to wider networks in the South East and beyond. 

We have growing subject hubs, subject specialists, and we are working on sharing all our knowledge and skills to ensure we achieve more together than any of our schools could alone. 

We have a lean central business services team to provide financial, governance and HR support to our schools. Their aim is to simplify work processes and develop a whole Trust approach to both improve our provision and manage workloads for happy work-life balance and positive staff wellbeing.

The vision for our work together is three-fold 

  • Schools that excel
  • People who inspire
  • Partnerships that make a difference

We seek excellence in all that we do, and we have the greatest expectations of everyone to achieve highly. Our culture helps us achieve this excellence, for our children and young people, for our staff, for the communities we serve and for the wider educational system. 

We seek to grow, ensuring our pupils and staff benefit from our best collective and collaborative practice and at the same time, retain the agility to innovate, ensuring our schools can respond nimbly to their communities needs. We want our schools to have the freedom to explore and learn from different practices, and we know that true leadership and personal accountability are founded on ownership and self-direction. 

In order to achieve this, we are closely aligned around our mission and vision and our shared culture is founded on strong values: 

Impact | Communication | Innovation & Curiosity | Belonging | Community | Integrity

If you would like to join our family of schools, please get in touch.


Cassie Buchanan

CEO - The Charter Schools Educational Trust