About Us

Our Aims and Vision

Welcome to Wise Owl Trust

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Wise Owl Trust where our commitment is to the children, their happiness and transforming lives to present them with the best possible life chances.

Wise Owl Trust is a growing, multi-academy trust formed in 2012. Currently comprising 3 primary Academies located within East Manchester, we have developed a strong central team of specialists with expertise to support school improvement, allowing schools to focus on the needs of the children and the delivery of a high standard of teaching and learning. Academies within our trust retain their individuality and history, however they share with us the goal and desire for excellence.

I am personally proud to be a part of the Wise Owl Trust and work alongside our dedicated team to ensure that our aims and vision are delivered in its entirety.

Sophie Murfin
CEO/Executive Principal

Seymour Road Academy in East Manchester

Our Mission

Our mission is to deliver a top quality education to all of our children across the Trust by tackling the barriers to learning and responding to contextual needs. We are committed to ensuring that our children are ready for the next stage in their life, equipping them with the necessary skills both academically and socially.

We believe that successful learners are encouraged through; hands-on experience, independence and the application of Basic Skills through challenge. The main focus of our Trust is therefore learning both inside the classroom and beyond, combining knowledge, respect and aspirations.

Our Trust will carefully grow maintaining it’s family ethos at the heart. Academies will maintain their autonomy at local level whilst taking advantage of the wider school improvement offer to build strong capacity from within. It is this model that will ensure future sustainability for individual academies and the family of schools as we grow.


Our Trust motto is TEAM and this underpins our aims and what we believe is important:

“Together Everyone Achieves More”

Happy Academies

All children are valued and learn in a caring environment. Where individuality is recognised and effort is rewarded, developing our children both intellectually and emotionally.

Lessons for Life

Children within our Trust will be given the best possible life chances through the ongoing development of the learning across the Trust through research and high quality professional development of all staff.

Cooperative Learning

To develop a collaborative partnership of academies to mutually support one another with the common goal of excellence.

Our Values

The Wise Owl Trust is dedicated to the development of each child as an individual, and presenting them with the opportunities to succeed. We, as a Trust encourage our children to make the most of their strengths and embrace their areas for development, by developing confidence and a ‘can-do’ attitude.  We believe that every child, however challenging their circumstances and whatever their background, can achieve.

Our 7 Core Values are integral to the ethos of each of our Academies and help to shape the decisions we make: