University Schools Trust Launch Event

Trustees, patrons, students, staff and supporters came together at the UST’s launch event at Toynbee Hall on 5th February 2019.

As well the official launch of UST to the community, the event was an opportunity to thank its supporters and to celebrate the work and achievements of the last year. The event was centred around the presentation of the 2017/2018 Annual Report. The report details UST’s growth, and the array of improvements undergone in both Royal Greenwich Trust School and St Paul’s Way Trust School over the past year.

There was a real atmosphere of celebration and community collaboration, with students from the member schools alongside University representatives, business partners, religious leaders and distinguished guests. Two wonderful instrumental performances by St Paul’s Way Trust school students marked the occasion and showcased some of the multitude of talent at the schools.

Jim Minton, CEO of Toynbee Hall, first welcomed the guests to the historic venue and spoke about its roots as a settlement house for philanthropists establishing social enterprise in the area. Dr Tim Bradshaw, CEO of Russell Group, went on to address the importance of social mobility to Russell Group Universities. Peter Heathcote, Chair of UST, provided detail about Queen Mary University’s involvement, as well as key aspects of the trustee report. Christine Whatford CBE, Acting CEO of UST, rounded up the speeches by providing a report on performance in 2017/18. She emphasised UST’s commitment to sustainable growth and continuing to improve the outcomes for all its students as well as further development of its workforce strategy to recruit and retain the highest quality staff at all levels.