Our Vision

Great academies at the heart of our communities

Our Commitment

Learning together, making the difference

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Welcome to Focus-Trust

Welcome to the website of Focus-Trust, a charitable multi-academy trust established in 2012. We are based in the North West of England and are dedicated to working with our 15 primary academies. It is the core purpose of Focus-Trust to continually strive to be a learning organisation, where the learning of all children and adults is valued and promoted.

We passionately believe equality of opportunity starts with education; irrespective of where you were born or where you live, a high quality education in one of our great academies will make a fundamental difference to all our children’s lives, career prospects and social mobility.

The Focus-Trust team is committed to providing high quality pedagogy, curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment.  We aim to provide inclusive and inspirational environments where our children thrive and build the social and ‘cultural capital’ they need to make aspirational choices about their future, overcoming barriers.

We have a thriving partnership of 11 converter and 4 sponsored academies who are driven to do the best for our children.  As a team we believe in ‘Collective efficacy’ and have a shared commitment to work together on the things that matter to improve outcomes for all.

We are proud to have a great team of people working in our academies who always put children at the heart of our practice.  We are committed to providing excellent professional development opportunities for all our staff and always aim to be an employer of choice.

The information on this site will give you an indication of our values and approach and illustrate examples of how we make our commitment a reality: ‘Learning together, making the difference’ and realise our vision of ‘Great academies at the heart of our communities’.


Helen Rowland, Chief Executive

Latest News

Learnings from Lockdown

2020 has certainly been one of the strangest years and our CEO, Helen Rowland, invited colleagues and children to share their learnings during the Covid-19 lockdown. We hope you enjoy...

Academies praised for being like ‘home’

Focus-Trust met recently with Cllr Shaid Mushtap, Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, where he praised the academies for keeping in touch with their communities during the Covid-19...

One Trust One Challenge

Our #OneTrustOneChallenge starts on 1st July 2020. 3000 families, 6300 children, 930 staff and 100+ govs/trustees will aim to walk, run or cycle twice around the world & raise money...

Caring for our communities during Covid-19

While we are having to stay home to stay safe, please see some resources we hope you will find useful ; Financial advice for individuals and families Free activities to...

Thornton Primary School judged Good

Pupils at Thornton Primary School have a real zest for learning. They are excited by lessons because teachers make them interesting and fun . Parents agree with their children and...

Why Collective Efficacy is so important

Great article featured in QA Education from our CEO, Helen Rowland, outlining the importance of collective efficacy. Hope you enjoy the read

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Our Academies

Birstall Primary Academy
Boothroyd Primary Academy
Coppice Primary Academy
Deeplish Primary Academy
Fieldhead Primary Academy
Freehold Community Primary Academy
Lyndhurst Primary School
Manor Green Primary Academy
Old Trafford Community Academy
Roundthorn Primary Academy
Rudheath Primary Academy
Shibden Head Primary Academy
Thornhill Junior & Infant School
Thornton Primary School
Wilsden Primary School