St Christopher's Multi Academy Trust (MAT) has now completed two full years in operation.
The MAT is working to support all of its member academies and to develop a culture of mutual support and development across these schools. Within the broader Diocesan context, each of the schools remains part of the broader family of Church schools and part of that network. The commitment to developing a high quality curriculum, delivered by well trained and effective teaching and support staff, and the sharing of expertise is at the heart of the MAT's vision and development.
The principle achievements in 2014-5 were:
- St Michael's CofE Primary Academy was judged outstanding in all categories by Ofsted after an intensive programme of school improvement
- St Matthew's Primary Academy and Nursery opened its doors in September - the first new build CofE Primary School in the Diocese of Exeter for over 100 years
- St Peter's CofE Primary School and St Rumon's CofE Infant School converted to academy status and joined the MAT as part of a DfE brokered solution to St Peter's being in special measures
- Impressive pockets of improvement across the MAT schools
- Increasing interest in the MAT from schools in the Diocese of Exeter and from community schools for which the Articles of Association permit engagement
In addition, the Regional Schools Commissioner confirmed that the Trust is performing well and is effectively prepared to grow and receive more schools.
School Improvement Case Study
A journey from 'requires improvement' to 'outstanding' in just over 2 years.
St Michael's Church of England Primary Academy, Exeter
The academy continues to improve with the strong leadership and governance model established by St Christopher's MAT at conversion to academy status. In July 2015, a Section 5 Ofsted Inspection concluded that the academy was outstanding in every measure. This was a significant and proud moment in the life of the Trust and for the Academy.
Key factors in the school improvement programme include:
- A strong distributed leadership approach led by a very effective Head Teacher where all staff are accountable and contributing to school improvement priorities at all levels
- A highly effective and supportive local governing body with a very high level of knowledge and impact
- The ethos and vision as a Church school are very evident and embedded in all practices. This leads to high standards of behaviour and communication where all children and staff recognise their part in the creation of an effective learning environment. The children and parents demonstrate that they are very proud of the academy
- The Chair of Governors, Head Teacher and Deputy Head are trained to deliver Edison structures to being the work of developing internal capacity to improve in future and are now leading network and development days for all Trust schools that engage with Edison
- The Head Teacher has become a sought after colleague for assistance and advice and is currently training to be a SIAMS inspector
- The Assistant Head Teacher is to be seconded to the Trust for one day a week to develop data and assessment systems across the Trust
- Outstanding progress for pupils with a key achievement of high levels of progress for disadvantaged and pupil premium pupils
Key Performance Indicators 2014-5