The name ‘Aquila’ is translated from Latin or Hebrew as ‘eagle’ and reflects the sense of aspiration and hope found in Isaiah 40:31, ‘…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’

The Trust brings schools (and therefore children, staff and governors) into a deeper relationship with the Diocese, across all spheres of our mission and ministry. To achieve our vision we will balance autonomy with expectation, supporting schools in:


striving towards ambitious and challenging goals, specifically an inspection judgement of good or outstanding for both OfSTED and SIAMS (church schools)
serving children and young people in ways that relate to their humanity in all its fullness, equipping them in asking questions in a complex world, encouraging open mindedness and an exploration of truth
acknowledging and confronting their responsibility to safeguard the vulnerable and reaching out to those marginalised by society
determining provision that stems from Christian principles
modelling healthy, holistic relationships
appointing and equipping determined, high quality staff
nurturing teachers and school leaders, mindful of their vocation and well‐being
encouraging the dissemination of good practice and promoting mutual accountability
enhancing learning and teaching by engaging in collaborative pedagogical projects, action research and professional development
engaging in partnerships that operate for the benefit of the whole community
demonstrating focused, effective local governance
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