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Maiden Erlegh Trust Schools will excel at bringing out the best in students of all abilities. To do this we will place children and young people at the heart of what we do, as well as a shared moral purpose whereby everyone seeks the best for every pupil and student in the Trust.

We will provide:

  • A safe, calm, respectful and happy place to work and learn
  • A rich, relevant and ambitious curriculum for all
  • High impact and inspirational teaching which leads to confident and enthusiastic learners
  • Inclusive and stimulating classrooms
  • High quality and personalised pastoral care with clear routes to report problems and seek help
  • Varied and exciting enrichment, leadership and celebration opportunities which allow pupils and students to flourish individually and collectively
  • A culture of positive partnership with parents and carers.
  • High quality professional development and collaboration opportunities for all staff
  • Strong leaders and staff who serve their schools and communities with courage, wisdom and optimism, and who adhere to the principles of ethical leadership.

We will not be complacent – we will compare our work with that of the best schools in the country and continue to improve.

Our Values 

Maiden Erlegh Trust, and all its schools, strive endlessly to ensure that its students develop the strongest foundation of values upon which to make positive relationships, build a happy and successful life, and go on to make a positive and fulfilling contribution to society. We encourage them to explore their own personal and family values and to understand and embrace Fundamental British Values.

Our Ethos 

Schools for the community, schools as a community

Maiden Erlegh Trust aims to build a community of schools in which a community ethos prevails in order to nurture, challenge and celebrate young people.  Through our Trust, communities will be sure to have access to distinctive, inclusive and excellent schools and venues which offer learning and other opportunities to the wider community.

We consider each school to be a working community, led by strong, positive and ethical leaders and enriched by staff, parents and pupils/students from diverse backgrounds, each one contributing an array of different interests and talents. In this context we actively promote mutual respect, equality, an understanding of other cultures, empathy with the wider world and a strong and collaborative work ethic.

Our priorities for each school in our Trust are the education, well-being, happiness and personal development of every pupil/student in our community. Equally important is the professional development, support and encouragement of our talented teaching and support staff and our Local Advisory Board members and Trustees.

Each school which comes into the Trust takes on the goal to be “a school of opportunity, diversity and success for all”. This means that learners of all abilities and from all backgrounds make the most progress possible, gain the best possible qualifications/results and enjoy the challenges of learning at the highest level.

Each school will ensure its pupils/students develop socially and thrive personally as well as academically.  We want them to become confident and articulate children and young adults, motivated by a strong sense of personal worth, respect for others and commitment to service to others and hard work. In this way, they will be ready to move positively into the next phase of their education/lives. In order to do that we provide a calm, well ordered, secure and caring community; one which values as much the effort, participation and contribution to the community during their studies, as the end results.

We understand that education does not only happen in classrooms and so the curriculum in each school is designed to provide opportunities to extend learning and personal development. We therefore nurture strong local partnerships to support this aim (eg: with businesses, agencies, parents). In return, we expect pupils/students to participate positively in the life and wider work of the school and the community. In this way, they develop the skills they need to become highly effective and positive citizens, employees and employers in an ever-changing and complex world.


As a Maiden Erlegh Trust school, Cranbury College is a place of “opportunity, diversity and success for all” whatever their circumstances which is why we are dedicated to providing every young person with the opportunity to realise their potential, ensuring that every young person is at the centre of everything we do.


We guarantee an aspirational, trauma-informed, therapeutic thinking provision for children and young people from Year 1 to Year 13

  • Who have been permanently excluded from mainstream school and some who are at risk of permanent exclusion.
  • Who cannot access a suitable education school because of illness.
  • Who are in hospital.

We provide an opportunity for young people and their families to enjoy success every day, working in partnership at every level with our stakeholders. Our aim, wherever possible, is to support children and young people to return to mainstream education as soon as possible (or special education where appropriate). In the case of students in Years 11, 12 and 13 we support them to move to meaningful activities in education, training or employment.

Cranbury College is the cornerstone of support to the young people of Reading through:

  • A provision of services that have a positive impact on the outcomes for young people and the schools they attend.
  • Provision of a flexible, bespoke and ambitious curriculum to meet academic and vocational aspirations, whilst supporting the social, emotional and mental health needs of each pupil and student.


  • Every decision, at every level of the organisation, is made with the aim of ensuring accelerated progress for every young person.
  • We aim to raise academic achievement in all subjects.
  • We have a specialist and flexible workforce with skilled and specialist staff at every level of the organisation.
  • We are an outward facing college and are genuinely inclusive in all our planning and actions.
  • Cranbury College always strives to offer the best provision to support local schools
  • All our spaces are safe, supportive and stimulating.