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Welcome from the CEO

The Rainbow Education MAT was established in 2014 to sponsor both Church of England and community schools. Schools joining the trust retain their unique identity: community schools do not convert to become Church of England primary schools. Within the trust, we have a mixed blend of community and faith-based schools working in harmony together.

We are an innovative group of schools, aiming to provide an excellent education to children across the Merseyside Region. Children only get one chance to receive a good education, and we firmly believe that each and every child deserves the best possible education there is!

Each of our schools has its own identity and culture, but shares the overall vision of encouraging our children and young people to reach their full potential. We seek to improve the life chances of all children that we serve by ensuring that each and every child achieves their maximum potential and is fully prepared to access the next stage of their education.

Gina Donaldson, CEO and National Leader of Education


Mission, vision and values

The vision of the trust is to ensure that each and every child, no matter what their background or their circumstance, reaches their potential and leaves us ready for the next stage of their life.


We do this through our clear mission:

At the Rainbow, we flourish together as we listen, learn, lead, lift and love.


One of our aims is that past pupils, families and stakeholders will look back, reflect and recognise the vital role that the Rainbow played in achieving great successes in their lives.


We pride ourselves as a ‘values-driven’ trust, living our daily lives through our core values of excellence, endurance, wisdom, trust and friendship. These five values epitomise the principles and practices of how the trust operates and also influence our behaviours and decision-making on a day-to-day basis.

educational excellence 

The Rainbow Education Multi-Academy Trust provides a broad and balanced learning experience, which enables children to develop their knowledge and skills sequentially, in order to be successful in the next stage of their education.


Our teaching practice is firmly focused on evidence-based research to improve children’s outcomes, ensuring children and adults continue to learn throughout their lives. As a result, our schools do not stand still. We make it a priority to provide teachers with excellent professional support and development, so that each and every child benefits from an excellent experience when attending a Rainbow school.


Through being an ambitious and supportive group of schools, we are able to offer more to both staff and young people than any single school could offer alone. The growing range of outstanding school-wide activities that we provide will mean that more children will have truly exceptional and inspiring experiences when attending a Rainbow school.


As a mature MAT, with a large geographical footprint across the Merseyside Region, we participate in a range of local, regional and national networks that are designed to support the broader development of the educational sector for the benefit of all children. The successes we have had so far are down to the talented and highly dedicated team of support staff, teachers, leaders and local academy councillors within our schools.


We are equally grateful to our pupils and families for their extensive support and commitment to us, ensuring our schools are a centre for learning and personal development.


“Leaders, including representatives of the trust, have been highly successful in turning the fortunes of this school around. As a result, pupils enjoy a good quality of education, and they can learn in an environment free from poor behaviour. Pupils emerge as well-rounded young people who are ready for the next stage of their education."

Ofsted, June 2023


As a trust, we believe that every leader, every teacher and every member of school staff, whether teaching or non-teaching, whether they are from outstanding schools or those schools in need of support, have strengths and skills that are vital to supporting the successful development of our multi-academy trust. We are passionate about developing the skills and strengths of our workforce and we have a proven track record of growing leaders.

We are inclusive and welcoming schools, embracing children from all backgrounds, all faiths and none, and all abilities. We offer all children an inspiring education. Whether you are a parent looking for an outstanding school for your child, a teacher looking to progress in your career, or governors of a school looking to work closely with others, I sincerely hope that your reading about the Rainbow Education Multi-Academy Trust encourages you to find out more.