The drb Ignite MAT has been established through a shared belief that lives can be transformed by what goes on in schools. We work together as a unique family of primary schools with one aim: ‘To ensure all pupils achieve the highest standard of educational outcomes regardless of circumstance or background’.

Our Values

As a Trust we share values that are critical to our vision and approach. They articulate how we work together:

Making our vision happen – to make our vision happen and to sustain effective performance across our schools we keep our growth plans simple:

Local solutions – we want our schools to reflect the diversity of their local context, taking decisions in accordance with the needs of the children and families they serve.

School improvement offer – the Trust has access to the wider school improvement services through the Severn Teaching School Alliance. We also encourage our schools to seek out the most appropriate support to secure improvement. In the first phase of our development we have committed to working only with primary schools as our strengths are in primary practice.

Cross Trust Collaboration – we also encourage leaders and teachers to play an active role in securing standards beyond their own school by working alongside others, modelling effective practice and coaching/mentoring.



Continuous Professional Development – we believe the professional capacity and capability of our leaders and teachers is central to effective teaching and learning. We make the most of our internal expertise, building on strengths and ensuring professional development meets needs, inspires growth and impacts on pupil progress and standards.

Research and evidence informed practice – we want to create an outward facing Trust that actively seeks out opportunities to work with other schools and trusts to learn more about what makes a difference. We want our schools to bring together reflection and action, theory and practice in the pursuit of the best teaching and learning.

Geographical focus and reach – we aim to establish a family of primary schools in the West Midlands. We want these to be close enough to be able to share easily, travel between each other in the space of lunch-time and collaborate with the minimum of fuss.