Ethos and Values

Why Co-operative?


Because we believe that great things happen when people work together.  So when we wanted to set up a multi academy trust in 2016 we looked for schools that were interested in living the cooperative values and principles.  We were one of the first MATs to be legally constituted under a cooperative model where we commit ourselves to an ethos based on our globally shared co-operative values and direct engagement of key stakeholders and the local community in governance.


Each Thrive school is a member of the Cooperative Schools Network (CSNET) and linked to wider networks of support across England via other Co-operative Trust schools.


We have devised a Thrive Charter in order to show how we express being a co-operative group of schools.

Thrive Charter


Thrive Co-operative Learning Trust understands thriving to mean learning, and learning to mean growing in knowledge, self-reliance and in responsibility towards others. Achieving this will allow pupils and staff to develop a sense of agency, which is the awareness that they are powerful and can affect change, that life is something to be grasped rather than something that happens, and that we have maximum agency if we work together for the common good.


To thrive pupils and staff need environments that are safe, and where wellbeing is valued, nurtured and supported.


  • Because the service we deliver is crucial to each pupil’s future life chances, we ensure that we give all pupils the opportunity to thrive, whatever their background or perceived abilities.

  • Because our task is challenging we all strive to grow and develop and we support each other in this, and in developing a good work-life balance.

  • Because thriving happens best where adults provide pupils with a consistency of approach, we need people who will play their part for the greater good of the team.

  • Because we serve our local communities we act as partners in the process of assisting our children to thrive and will work cooperatively to see this happen.

  • Because leadership is a privilege we exercise leadership in an ethical manner and commit ourselves to upholding The Seven Principles of Public Life (the ‘Nolan Principles’).

  • Because we are facing a climate crisis we will work towards being an environmentally sustainable organisation and will develop pupil and staff participation in achieving this.

  • Because we are funded with public money we will ensure that we focus our resources on pupils and enable them to thrive.