It started with a desire to provide high quality and dynamic education for everyone, right in the heart of our community and that desire has grown into the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT).
CMAT was formed in 2011 with this clear vision and we articulate it as the following statement – to provide high quality and dynamic education for all at the heart of our communities. But how did we go from desire to achievement?
The Trust started life as Cambridge Meridian Education Trust (CMET) which was incorporated in March 2009 in order to enter the competition to promote the new schools at Northstowe a new town proposed between Swavesey and Cambridge. It was founded by those who already were passionate about education in the area – the governors and trustees of Swavesey Village College; an outstandingly successful and innovative school.
In March 2011 CMET became Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), a multi-academy trust, this enabled Swavesey Village College to convert to academy status, sponsor other academies, and help spread good education practice.
As a Trust we truly value the success of every child and we place the sharing of excellent education practice at the core of this value. We are committed to improving the quality of education and life in the county of Cambridgeshire, and its immediate surroundings. With this aim, the Trust operates from hubs in Cambridge and Peterborough and its staff, pupils and families are spread across the entire area from rural village to inner city estate.
As a Trust we are committed to maintaining these core principles and focus as we grow – working with schools where we believe we can help and who in turn can enrich and provide real benefit for the existing CMAT family.
Our academies have common values and core operational systems, which are applied locally, adapted to individual context and needs. By this simple expedient each academy retains their own local governing bodies, identity and individuality. The young adults who leave our care are prepared for the next stage of their education and are ready and confident to move forward in life.