by uniting schools, communities and families, to secure success for all young people



Thank you for your interest in the Areté Learning Trust.  I hope that you find the information contained on this site helpful.  We are a trust established when Stokesley School converted to academy status in April 2015.  Since then we have been joined by Richmond School and Northallerton School.  In an educational climate where things are constantly changing, we want to innovate, collaborate, stay true to our values and work with others who are similarly committed to helping all young people, whatever their starting point, to be the best they can be.  We always put our learners first, and have a deep commitment to developing our team through top quality CPD and staff development opportunities, through cross trust collaboration, and collaboration on a regional and national level.  The core aim of the Areté Learning Trust is to give children and young people from all backgrounds an outstanding education.  In doing so, they will acquire the values, skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for the next step in life.  Our ethos is based upon a fully inclusive approach to education, high expectations, a clear focus on outstanding teaching and learning and making sure that we meet the needs of every learner and fulfil their potential.  We are determined to be at the forefront of the pursuit of excellence in education, and welcome any collaboration which will support us in this endeavour.

Richard Crane CEO, Areté Learning Trust


Every Academy within the Trust will have its own unique values and ethos but must be committed to the overarching principle of “Being the best we can be”, the mission statement of Areté Learning Trust (ALT), which will underpin the work of all ALT Academies. This is rooted in the shared belief that every child, whatever his or her circumstances and starting point, has unique skills and qualities and given the support, encouragement, opportunity and challenge to achieve, can do so. It is the commitment of the trust to create a context for all children and young people to thrive, academically, personally and socially, so that they experience the real joy of learning.


Everyone in ALT governance and leadership roles relentlessly focuses on performance, forensically using data in order to plan and to ensure practice is effective and responsive. When it is necessary, tough decisions are taken on curriculum, staffing and structural costs and, therefore, finance. Evidence-based “best practice” is shared, reviewed by ELT and once agreed, implemented – creating a genuine self-improving school-led system.  Click here to download



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Trust Ofsted Report

We recently received a Multi-Academy Trust Summary Evaluation report from Ofsted, where the trust was visited by a team of Her Majesty’s Inspectors to evaluate the impact of our support to our schools. We are very pleased with this official evaluation and you can read the report here.



As a trust, we are immensely proud of the amazing results that our students achieved this summer. As a cohort, against a backdrop of a global pandemic, resulting in significant educational disruption over the past 18 months (both locally and nationally), our students have shown immense resilience throughout this time. The individual success stories at all three schools at both A Level and GCSE are a testament to the hard work, commitment and passion that our students, their teachers and their parents have continued to display, despite the challenges that were placed in front of them.

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