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Chris Berry: Championing Sustainability and Student Attainment at Tomorrow’s Education Property Summit

15th June 2023

At Windsor Academy Trust (WAT) we have always taken great pride in our work towards bettering the education sector and striving for a sustainable future. Our endeavours have been validated once again with our Director of Operations, Chris Berry, being invited to speak at the highly prestigious summit, Tomorrow’s Education Property.

Tomorrow's Education Property has established itself as the industry's leading event, bringing together estates and facilities experts from universities, colleges, multi-academy trusts, and PBSA. This gathering is much more than a traditional summit. It's a hub for progressive thought, leading-edge insights, and unparalleled networking opportunities with top decision-makers in the education property sector. The summit is a momentous occasion where leaders collaborate and strategise for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the educational arena.

Chris Berry, a WAT leader with a wealth of experience and dedication, was invited to speak on a topic that truly encapsulates the essence of his work at WAT: "Improving student attainment and outcomes through estates Interventions: Thinking differently about the purpose of education". His presentation focused on maximising funding, creating strategic 5-year capital plans, conducting effective condition surveys, making the most of School Condition Allocation Funding, modernising facilities, and maximising estate use.

A crucial part of Chris’ presentation was a closer look at the sustainability vision at WAT, highlighting our ambition to become one of the most sustainable school trusts in the country and achieve net zero by 2030. Our strategy aligns perfectly with the DfE Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy, focusing on climate education, green skills and careers, education estates and digital technology, operations and supply chains, and international reach.

Chris' participation in this summit not only demonstrated WAT’s dedication to student attainment and the continuous improvement of the educational landscape, but also underscores our commitment to a greener future. His presentation reinforced the fact that sustainability is part of everything we do at WAT. We have a simple yet robust framework that ensures every step we take brings us closer to a greener and more sustainable future.

As we look ahead, Chris' speech at Tomorrow's Education Property serves as a powerful reminder of our commitment to the sustainable development of education. Our ethos is clear: to enhance the learning experience of our students while ensuring we leave the world in a better place for future generations.