SAST is a multi-academy trust, formed in June 2017, of thirteen schools serving the West and North Dorset area as well as students from South Somerset. Currently we have nearly 3,400 students and we employ over 550 staff.
The Trust now has twelve schools including ten primary schools and three secondary schools. It has the scale, capacity, expertise and performance to grow and develop with other schools. SAST has large town primary schools with over 300 children, smaller village primary schools and also nursery provision. Their popular secondary schools including a Sixth Form of over 400 students cover both North Dorset and South Somerset. There is a mix of formerly maintained and Church of England schools – previously voluntary controlled and voluntary-aided in the Dioceses of Salisbury and Bath and Wells, which retain their Christian ethos.
At the heart of SAST is the desire to work in partnership, to collaborate with others and to be outward facing for the benefit of children and staff. The schools have extensive links beyond the immediate area and are keen to extend these further. The Gryphon School was designated as a National Teaching School in the summer of 2017 and will lead the establishment of the North Dorset Teaching School Alliance.
SAST works by providing opportunities to share and improve – to develop further our provision as well as supporting the quality of leadership and management. This includes sharing best practice, being creative in maintaining a broad and diverse curriculum, ensuring the care and support is in place for children and families and enabling further staff and teacher development. We also work together on meeting the challenges of funding and the opportunities for financial efficiency, determining for ourselves which services and providers we will use to provide outstanding provision for our children.
There is real strength in coming together with a collective responsibility for all of the children’s development and progress between 0-19 years.