ARETÉ LEARNING TRUST
Stokesley School became an academy in 2015 and is the founding member of Areté Learning Trust. We work closely with our Trust colleagues at Richmond School and Sixth Form College and Northallerton School and Sixth Form College. As a trust, we are one organisation , united in a common purpose but respectful of the unique nature of each of the schools and the communities we serve. We collaborate in a number of ways focused always on school improvement, the most effective use of resources and providing the best possible experience of learning for our students. Our name, Areté, was chosen because of the values represented by the Greek word ἀρετή which encapsulates striving for excellence, fulfilling our purpose and becoming the best we can be: it is associated in mythology with bravery, with generosity of spirit and with moral courage, as well as with achievement - aspirations we hold dear for all students in our Areté Learning Trust Schools.
The values evident in the aims and work of Stokesley School resonate closely with the Trust values encapsulated in the trust name - Areté, which, in its basic sense, means excellence of any kind. In Greek mythology, it embraces wider ideals, including moral values, the idea of excellence being intrinsically linked to the concept of perfecting oneself. In the ancient world, this notion of excellence encompassed the aspiration to fulfil purpose – becoming the best one can be – it is associated in mythology with bravery, with generosity of spirit and with achievement. The concept implies that as individuals and as a community, our actions matter: in a complex world, human value and meaning can be judged by our contribution, our efforts, behaviours and self-improvement. The word is analogous to deep learning – the pursuit of knowledge, in terms of self-awareness as well as academic study: the belief that studying is the highest form of happiness is particularly appropriate for our schools.
Our shared vision is 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 our task to create a context for them to thrive, academically, personally and socially, to experience the real joy of learning, as well as preparing them for the adult world.
I am proud to have Stokesley School and Sixth Form College in our Trust and have been privileged to work with the staff and students and to share in so many wonderful experiences which showcase the qualities and talents of the young people and their teachers.
CEO, Areté Learning Trust