The Anglo European Co-operative Trust

On 1st June 2011, the school established the Anglo European Co-operative Trust with the Co-operative Star and Anglia Ruskin University as partners.

Whilst the school is the only full member, our local primary schools are all involved as associate members.

Ingatestone CofE Junior School

Ingatestone Infant School

Margaretting CofE Primary School

Mountnessing CofE Primary School

The purpose of the Trust is to create a 4-19 educational journey which is seamless and which will prepare young people for the globalised world which they will increasingly become part of. Alongside the National Curriculum, GCSEs and Advanced levels, the Trust will introduce;

  • The International Baccalaureate Career Programme (16-19 years) IBCP
  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma ( 16-19 years) IBD

The Anglo European School was the first state school in the country to introduce the IBD in 1977 and the IBCP in 2010 – the latter having been one of 12 schools worldwide involved in the pilot programme. The school became an IB Middle Years Programme candidate school in 2011. Our Junior and Primary partners have also considered the IB Primary Years Programme.

Each programme is a broad and coherent learning experience which embraces and takes further the baccalaureate principles. Essentially a baccalaureate programme is one which is coherent and broad, with each element being studied concurrently and which, ultimately, adds up to more than the sum of its parts. In the absence of an educational definition of “baccalaureate”, the school has drafted the following;

What is a ‘baccalaureate education”?

There is no clear definition of the word baccalaureate, yet it is an increasingly important concept in educational philosophy and curriculum design.  This definition is offered by the Anglo European School;

A baccalaureate programme is an educational experience that is broad (involving all major subject disciplines); balanced (in that specialisation is deferred or avoided) and coherent (with clear values, learner outcomes and themes which add relevance to subject study).  The programme adds up to more than the sum of its parts and provides for the rounded education of the student.

Learning is concurrent to enable connections to be made and the programme is founded on a very clear set of values.  A baccalaureate will also contain a core of learning common to all learners which could include individual research, an element of study skills, work experience/internship and an opportunity to demonstrate service above self.  The core provides an opportunity for learning to be applied as well as to deepen understanding and enrich learning itself.

Where appropriate, assessment is rigorous and based on agreed criteria which are not subject to change other than as part of periodic systematic review.

September 2012

Updated September 2016


The International Baccalaureate Organisation offers four programmes: the Diploma (16-19), the Career-related Programme (16-19), the Middle Years Programme (11-16) and the Primary Years Programme (4-11).  The Diploma is often cited as the global standard for baccalaureates.

However, there are others.  For example, the Welsh Baccalaureate, the French Baccalaureate, the AQA Baccalaureate.  The English ‘Baccalaureate’ comprises five subjects at Key Stage 4– Mathematics, English, Science, a language and Geography or History but has no core.

The Trust is part of a network of Co-operative Trust schools and, as such, espouses the principles of the Co-operative movement. The Trust has adopted the co-operative values statement which complements the aims of the Trust. Indeed, according to one senior member of the Co-operative Society, the two sets of values “resonate”.  All parents, students, staff and former students are regarded as members of their respective “constituencies” along with prominent members of the immediate local community who have their own constituency.

Although membership is free all members are invited to apply for their own Co-op card which enables the Trust to accumulate points which can be exchanged in the participating stores. For further information on how to obtain a Co-op card, please contact Jenni Bland (

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