We believe that Victoria Academies should be values-driven where leadership at all levels has a strong moral purpose. Taking inspiration from the Latin word Fides (‘To Trust’) we believe in five simple core values that underpin all that we do:
Focus on Family
Insist on Excellence
Do Good As You Go
We are proud that the story behind our trust is built on two very strong historical women, Queen Victoria and the ancient Roman deity, Fides. The Trust is named after the sponsor and founding school, Victoria Park. The Latin root of the word Victoria (or ‘victory’) comes from ‘to overcome’. As we all know, Queen Victoria was alive at a time of a period of tremendous innovation and growth, and with a strong sense of traditional values, we think this is a lasting metaphor for all that we believe in as a Trust.
Our values are built around five key beliefs (or tenets) based on the Latin word Fides, the ancient Roman goddess of trust (as in ‘confidential’). Fides was also the guardian of good faith (bona fide) and honesty. Her temple on the Capitol in ancient Rome was where the Senate of the Roman Empire signed and kept state treaties and new laws, and where Fides protected them over two thousand years ago. Meaning ‘to trust’, Fides therefore underpins all that we do
About the Trust
As a values-led trust, our purpose is to make all our people become the best they can be. This is our reason for being and is why we created the MAT in 2014. Everything that we do is designed to serve the needs of our young people and their communities through social change. We do this by creating ‘standout’ schools that have flipped the concept of ‘outstanding’ and re-defined excellence in a way that is purposeful, wholesome and empowering to our communities. Quite simply, we want our family of schools to become the best in the world.
Our purpose is simple. It’s to make our people become the best they can be. This is our reason for being and why we established the Trust in the first place. By working together as a partnership of schools, with a core set of values and a real and tangible vision, we believe that we can achieve far more as a partnership than by working alone