Co-operative Learning Trust Membership

What does it mean to be a Co-operative Trust? 

As the Headteacher of a Co-operative School the reasons for becoming a Trust focussed upon three main aims:

·         To support the development of our students

·         To support the development of our school

·         To connect more closely with the broader community

Working within a wider network – over a billion members across one hundred countries – has enabled Honley High to engage with partnerships to enhance the learning experience of our young people and to develop and to share ideas, experience and knowledge in order to make our school truly exceptional.

However, what makes the co-operative model unique are the principles that underpin its’ work.  Co-operatives are based upon the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. Co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibilityand caring for others.

Why should I become a member?

In an article published in 2013 (see link below), Sarah Alldred, International Programmes Manager for the Co-operative College set out her case for how membership can lead to community development. There is an obvious link between educational and economic opportunity but there is a broader social responsibility to engage with and support our local community.

Co-operatives can play a key role in development:

We are looking for members who agree with and support our values. Members who will work with us not only to develop our capacity in providing educational opportunities for our learners but also enable us to work more closely with our community to promote social responsibility and broader engagement.  Our membership will be comprised of a number of stakeholder groups:

·         Students

·         Parents

·         Community (individuals and organisations)

·         Alumni

·         Staff


Each membership group will be able to meet and share its’ views as part of an individual forum as well as contributing to combined working groups to guide the future direction of the Trust.

If you would like to join us and have a say in how we can how we can best achieve our aims please complete and submit the short application found below.   Thank you for supporting the school.

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