Trust Status

Thomas Bewick School became a foundation school within a charitable trust in September 2013.

The Trust partnership is currently comprised of four foundation special schools within the city of Newcastle, with Newcastle City Council being the fifth partner. The other three schools within the partnership are Hadrian School, The Newcastle Bridges School and Sir Charles Parsons School.

The Trust works to support the schools by formalising partnerships working for the benefit of all the schools, their pupils, students and families. The Trust ensures that partners are committed to the success of each school for the long term, helping to shape their strategic vision and ethos. The Trust also holds the lands and assets on trust for the schools. In common with other foundation schools, staff are employed by the governing body.

The Trust’s vision for its schools, their pupils, students and families is set out below.

Newcastle Special Schools Trust

(The Compass Trust)

Setting the direction for specialist education

Journeying together

Learning together

Stronger together

Through collaboration, innovation and challenge the Trust will:

  • Improve the educational experience and achievements of its pupils,
  • Advocate on behalf of its pupils, their parents and carers, to develop and improve the quality of services they are offered or may require,
  • Work in partnership with other agencies to improve the continuity and provision of services both across the Trust and the wider education, social care and health communities,
  • Promote the efficient, effective and creative use of its partnership resources
  • Provide a framework for challenge across its schools..

The current Trust members will in time, seek to attract additional partners from higher education institutions, local and national businesses and charitable organisation to help support and challenge it to meet its aims and achieve its vision.

To find out more about our partner schools please click the links below.

Sir Charles Parsons School

Hadrian School

Newcastle Bridges School