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Welcome from our CEO

Welcome to the Orchard Learning Alliance

The Orchard Learning Alliance is a family of schools dedicated to providing the best possible educational experience and serving our communities through exceptional schools. We believe that education has the power to transform lives and that by working together, as a family of schools, we will enhance the life chances of all our children by equipping them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive.

Tom bartlett 2We are a family of 10 schools, all in close proximity within the Wokingham and Reading area. Our schools first came together in 2022 to explore what a ‘co-designed’ multi-academy trust could look like and, since then, we have built on our shared values and commitments to our communities, social justice and school improvement to form the Orchard Learning Alliance.


The Orchard Learning Alliance is guided by the following principles:

  • Autonomy: respecting and celebrating what makes our students, staff and school communities unique
  • Co-design: innovating through collaboration and consensus and sharing best practice to enhance provision
  • Excellence: empowering our school communities to constantly strive for improvement, placing it at the heart of our culture. 

We recognise that our Trust exists because the leaders and governors of our schools chose to come together, and this process has therefore, been one of co-design and co-production

We are dedicated to carrying this ethos forward, ensuring we remain embedded in, and continue to support, our school communities.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact us

Tom Bartlett
Chief Executive Officer