Academies are independent, state-funded schools, which receive their funding directly from central government, rather than through a local authority. The Vine provides a safe home for all Diocese of Chelmsford Church Schools.
Academies have more freedom than other schools to innovate. For example they can opt out of the national curriculum.
Academies are run by Headteachers who know education best. They are overseen by the Vine trust board. The Vine provides advice, support, expertise and a strategic overview.
Headteachers, middle / senior leaders and teachers make the biggest difference to the education of pupils. Therefore, the Vine has a policy of growing and developing leaders of the future with a career pathway from NQT to Headteacher. The Vine provides matched funding to train the leaders of the future.
Vine provides excellent opportunities for schools / academies to share good practice, learn from each other and achieve economies of scale.