Community Schools Trust

Welcome to the Community Schools Trust

You can read a little more about us below, and via the links on this page.  

Simon Elliott

Simon Elliott

CEO of Community Schools Trust; Headteacher of Forest Gate Community School

  Jan Tallis

Jan Tallis

Chair of Community Schools Trust


Our ethos can be summarised as follows:

  • We have the highest possible ambition for educational success in our area and aim to raise achievement for all.  
  • We expect all members of each school community to challenge each other to reach high standards and to never accept mediocrity.
  • We are committed to improving the life chances of all students.
  • We believe our schools should stand at the centre of their communities and work with closely with parents.
  • We believe in providing a disciplined, safe and structured school environment with open and regular lines of communication between all stakeholders.
  • We aim to nurture a strong culture of learning in our area and encourage the participation of local communities and stakeholders in shaping the education we offer.
  • We offer a broad, balanced and stretching curriculum for all with a strong focus on the acquisition of skills for learning, literacy, numeracy, social and cultural development, employment and citizenship.

Our objectives can be summarised as follows:

  • We want all pupils to make better progress than their peers nationally.
  • We want all lessons to provide effective feedback to students so that they know how to improve, are fully engaged and are applying basic skills appropriately.
  • We want strong leadership from governors, senior leaders, middle leaders, teachers and students alike.
  • We want effective systems across all schools in the trust to be in place to support the good order and success of all schools.
  • We want all schools in the trust to become autonomous, self-improving organisations that can drive continual improvement.
  • We want all schools in the trust to be judged good or outstanding by Ofsted.

If you need more information, please get in touch with Jan Tallis at or Simon Elliott at