Core Education Trust

CORE Education Trust

CORE Education Trust’s mission is to provide children with a high-quality educational experience realised through a collective commitment to four CORE Values:


We will promote, facilitate and support an outward facing culture in all our Schools.


We will run our Schools efficiently and effectively to develop capacity, ensure transparent governance and improve performance.


We will commit to beyond statutory safeguarding standards in our Schools and additionally ensure all our children have access to a wide range of cultural experiences.


We will be uncompromising in our aspiration to achieve the highest standards in all our endeavours and be committed to investing in programmes of excellence for all our staff to achieve this.

Each School will be supported, challenged and monitored to ensure these Values are embedded. As well as incorporating the CORE Values in the environment of the School and by adopting them into specific School initiatives, each School is required to determine and promote a bespoke set of “CORE Characteristics”. These characteristics map each Value to a staff and student/pupil entitlement agreed by the Headteacher as appropriate to the local context of the School. The characteristics will be identifiable features of the School and celebrated with visitors to the School and stakeholders.

A CORE education for the children at each of our Schools is underpinned by a curriculum philosophy at the centre of which lies an uncompromising focus on the development of character and communication.

We welcome your views and encourage you to contact us if you would like to support our work.

Huge events are happening this week. Please follow us, like us and visit us online, to get the full experience of life as a Nansen Explorer. #COREexcellence

It was a superb experience at Riverbank Academy today. The level of commitment was immense. We are very proud of your performance. #CORErespect #echoeternal112

We thank our parents for their very supportive commitment to Read, Write Inc. It is transforming and accelerating Reception children’s skills. #COREcollaboration

In Guided Reading, Y3 have been using visual literacy and developing their retrieval skills. They now use retrieval strategies, competently and confidently. #COREexcellence

We took the I Can Be girls to Friction Arts in Digbeth. We met Natalie who is a musician, and she showed us how to play the viola! We explored her work at Friction Arts and practiced making different beats using wooden sticks. Later, we even dressed up. #icanbeorg #CORErespect

There will be some very happy dads this weekend. Here are some exceptional Father’s Day cards from Reception. #NanSENSATIONAL

We have been part of a huge initiative to get children walking to school. Y1 have mastered self registration. Isn’t independence wonderful! #COREexcellence

Y1 worked together to discuss amphibians and their habitats. #COREcollaboration

We wish them well in their futures and hope that they realise all of their hopes and dreams. We feel lucky to have been a part of their journey. They will always be a part of the Rockwood family and will always be welcome. #COREExcellence #CORECollaboration #CORERespect

This afternoon we have celebrated our Year 11 students. They are ready to leave us and bravely explore the next chapter of their lives. They have tackled this year with maturity and have repeatedly shown us how resilient they are. #COREExcellence #Year11

Goodbye & Goodluck to our fantastic Year 11! May the future be bright and adventurous for you all! #CORECollaboration #COREOpportunity #CORERespect #COREExcellence

Excited for Poetry Slam next week! Which of these talented students will be heading into the final?! We can only find out next Tuesday! #Poetryslam #COREOpportunity #COREExcellence

Developing our sense of rhythm and performance #COREExcellence #COREOpportunity #RockwoodMusic

Today’s performance at Riverbank Academy for the Echo Eternal project, followed by a question and answer session. #CORErespect #EchoEternal

Our outstanding procedures go beyond our classrooms here at Arena Academy. A 5 Star rating has been awarded to Wendy and our catering team this week from Birmingham City Council – EHO.

Wendy has been serving food to students on this site since 1993! #ArenaAcademyPride

Goodbye Year make us very proud! Good luck! #CORERespect #COREExcellence #CORECollaboration #COREOpportunity

Year 9 have been experimenting using marbling ink and pencil to create new portraits. The results are amazing! #COREExcelence

Year 7 working hard on their dessert sketches using tone for realism #RockwoodArt #COREExcellence

Sports Day Wednesday 10th July 2019 at Hadley Stadium. Who will triumph?#TeamCollaboration #TeamOpportunity #TeamRespect #TeamExcellence

The demise of Francis Brandywine. A very skilful Y6 narrative. #COREexcellence

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