I would like to share with you our exciting journey to becoming an academy and joining a multi academy trust.
The governors and I worked together to explore the many benefits and opportunities that come with being part of a multi academy trust before we took the final decision in 2016/17.
We joined with Marling School to form Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust in September 2017. From the outset we wanted to create an ‘all through’ trust that was fit for purpose for primary and secondary academies.
Collaboration was key to success, so a steering group of primary and secondary governors worked with senior leaders to develop a vision and set of values that reflected what we truly believed in.
As with all of these journeys, the many discussions highlighted the degree of shared common values that we held for the education of our children and students. From here, our confidence grew to enable us to move forward knowing we had a consistent approach and high expectations for our own school performance, but also that of the multi academy trust and all other schools that came on board.
Each of us has aspirations for all of our students as learners, but also as leaders of our communities. We want our children and young people to be energised by excellent teaching that provides pace, challenge and support for all in a curriculum that is broad, ambitious and personalised to their needs.
Equally we recognise the value of our staff and we have a commitment to their continual professional development.
As time passes, the benefits are becoming more and more obvious.
Many of the distractions that take us away from the teaching and learning are supported and streamlined through the MAT. On a personal level, I find I am now free to concentrate on what I came into this profession for.
Support for developing teaching and learning, particularly in upper key stage 2, has benefitted our learners. Governors have a clear role and can focus on what is important to our schools whilst being supported to ensure they perform to an optimum level.
As a Headteacher, I feel that I am supported in the many areas I need to fulfil whilst retaining the autonomy to lead and develop my own my school and retain its identity.
If you are considering whether to become and academy and/or join a multi-academy trust and would like either me and/or Stuart Wilson (Head of Marling and CEO of CBAT) to come and talk with you, your leadership team or governors about CBAT please don’t hesitate to ask.
Mrs Deborah Marklove
Berkeley Primary School (2016/17)