About Forward As One

As a Church of England Multi Academy Trust, our work is rooted in the Christian values of service, justice, faith, grace and love. It is our experience that these values add value in any school – including schools without a Christian heritage – and so we welcome all schools, whatever their designation, to join us in our mission to improve educational outcomes for all.

As a Trust with a Church of England foundation, we live the following values.

Family – working together for collective success

Openness – sharing with and being accountable to others

Resilience – overcoming challenges through commitment and perseverance

Wisdom – developing a life-long love for learning and understanding the world around us

Aspiration – pursuing excellence in all that we do

Research – grounding everything we do in evidence and best practice Diversity – fostering  inclusive and vibrant learning communities

It is our aim that all children within the Forward As One Academy Trust become:

  • Enthusiastic and life-long learners Resilient
  • Critically reflective Hard workers
  • Confident citizens Strong communicators
  • Respectful

We strongly believe that every child should leave our schools with a deep enthusiasm for life and for learning.

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"The school is inspiring and so are the teachers, they encourage us to be on our best behaviour and give us hope in everything we do"
"I know that everybody at my school cares about me, and if I need anything they will help me."
Exemplary Teaching
"Teaching is exemplary. Teachers have exceptionally high expectations of all pupils."

Our Academies

As a family of schools, we are deeply committed to achieving outstanding outcomes for the children of Bolton and its surrounding areas. We believe that our children deserve no less than the very best opportunities to fulfill their potential and to achieve their dreams.
It is our job – as a group of schools – to make these ambitions for children a reality. At Forward As One, we work together to deliver the highest standards of learning and teaching, an engaging curriculum for all children, and inspiring environments in which children and adults alike can thrive. We work in close partnership with our parents and communities because we know how important it is to work together as we strive to give our children the best start.

We also believe that great learning stems directly from great teaching and great leadership. Our staff receive the highest standards of training and are able to learn from and work with experts in their fields. We invest a lot of time and energy in recruiting and training the very best staff because our children deserve no less.

As the trust continues to develop and grow, we will make sure that we deepen our commitment to providing each and every child with the very best educational experience possible. By working together – as schools, staff, and communities – we can achieve so much for our children.

I do hope that you enjoy reading more about our trust and our schools.

Karen Bramwell
CEO/Executive Principal/Accounting Officer

Beacon Primary School
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Canon Johnson CE Primary School
At Canon Johnson, we believe that education is a partnership between school, parents and the community. Our overall aim is for our children to learn to the best of their ability, to enjoy learning and to feel happy and secure at the same time.
Gorsefield Primary School
Joined Forward As One in April 2015 and has since been on a significant journey of improvement. The school also has a nursery, where children from as young as two are accessing high quality learning and provision at such a crucial stage in their development.
Parochial CE Primary School
Our school is a creative school where the children are ‘preparing for the future; living, learning and growing together in God’. Graded as a 'Good' school (Ofsted 2017).
St. Paul's CE Primary School
An outstanding school that's been designated as a National Support School (it has been recognised by the government as a beacon of support to schools that are looking to improve).
St Peter's CE Primary School
Joined the Trust in May 2018. High standards of teaching and learning are underpinned by a very strong Christian Ethos, which is reflected in all aspects of school life.