CMAT has a strong track record in improving achievement and attainment across schools in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for monitoring and ensuring standards and achievement across the Trust’s schools; efficiency and effectiveness of executive leadership and services across the schools; and the strategic direction of the Trust as it responds to local and national demands and policy.
The Academy Councils (formerly known as governing bodies), are a very experienced, knowledgeable and committed group of people in each school. The set of skills they have means they offer robust challenge and support to senior leaders at the school. The trust is represented by having a trustee member on each academy council.
The Academy Council rigorously hold the principal and senior leaders to account for all aspects of the school’s work. Eight ‘Champions’ for key areas, such as pupil premium and safeguarding, hold regular meetings with school leaders who are held to account for their work. Reports on these meetings are presented at full academy council meetings and any actions are followed up.
Accountability is a strong feature of governance running from the board of trustees through to the academy councils.
- Joined CMAT in July 2016.
- GCSE attainment almost doubled in 2017. The proportion of students securing a C or better in English and mathematics rose from 36% in 2015, to 66%.
- In 2017, Ely College secured a 36% rise in attainment in English, and a 34% rise in attainment in mathematics.
- In 2016, we established ‘Bishop Laney Sixth Form’ to provide a vibrant school sixth form provision for East Cambridgeshire.
- A DfE visit in April 2017 confirmed that the college was ‘moving strongly in the right direction’.
- Implemented a £500k refurbishment of the ‘Turing House’ teaching block to provide attractive new accommodation.
- Set to admit a record number of pupils from Ely city in 2018.
- Joined CMAT in September 2011.
- OfSTED ‘Good’in every category in 2013.
- Transformed budget deficit of £200K to surplus of £800K.
- Popular with families. From just 56 first choices in 2010 to oversubscribed in 2016.
- Managed £15 million rebuild/refurbishment.
- Unique local partnerships established.
- Overall, students’ progress is above average and improving rapidly (OfSTED 2013).
- £4.5 million extension under construction to accommodate school expansion of an additional 300 students.
- Section 8 Ofsted Inspection February 2018 confirmed that Nene Park Academy is a Good School.
North Cambridge Academy
- Joined CMAT in September 2013.
- OFSTED Good in 2016.
- “Outstanding Leadership” transformed student outcomes:20% 5 A*-C in 2012, to 59% in 2014.
- Intake has grown from 40 in 2012 to 115 in 2015.
- £11 million rebuild programme completed.
- Principal belief that every individual can and will succeed is shared by all leaders and teachers (OfSTED 2015).
Sawtry Junior Academy
- Joined CMAT as a failing school in 2016.
- After only 6 months in the trust year 6 results improved at a greater rate than national.
- RSC visit in May 2017 recognised improved behaviour, data and teaching and stronger leadership with a clear development plan.
- Significant improvements to interior corridors, hall and entrance.
- New extension and refurbishment of existing classrooms planned.
- Working towards the Artsmark Bronze and part of the CALSA arts project.
- Part of the DfE national Pupil Premium Pilot project.
Sawtry Village Academy
- Joined CMAT in June 2015.
- OFSTED Good in every category (January 2018) with an Outstanding Sixth Form.
- Within the top 10 of best performing schools within Cambridgeshire for student progress at KS4 (2017).
- £3.5million capital investment with a new t eaching block expected to open for Sept 2019.
- “The Principal and senior leaders are very ambitious for the school. Their commitment and endeavours are evident. They have established a clear sense of direction and focus on improving outcomes for all pupils”(OfSTED 2018).
Stamford Welland Academy
- Joined CMAT in October 2014.
- OFSTED Good in every category (January 2017) – ‘personal development and welfare is outstanding’.
- Fully refurbished with a newly equipped hall, £250,000 laboratories and a ‘sixth form’ application approved in 2017.
- Fully allocated in Year 7 for 2018 – with a fourfold increase in ‘first choice’ applications.
- “The highly effective leadership of the principal has led to rapid improvement at the school since the last inspection.He has built a strong and effective team of senior leaders who are determined and tenacious in their drive for school improvement.Each pupil is known as an individual and the work of the trust,school leaders and the governors reflects the school’s ambition and aspiration that every pupil will be successful.”(Ofsted 2017).
Swavesey Village College
- The founding CMAT academy. Rated ‘Outstanding’ in all categories by OFSTED in 2011.
- Top 20% of all schools nationally for Student Progress in 2016 and 2017.
- Designated Teaching School and lead partner in the Cambridge Teaching School Network.
- Oversubscribed every year and recently delivered £6 million building expansion programme to meet additional in catchment demand.
- “Swavesey Village College is an outstanding school in every respect. Every member of staff shows whole-hearted commitment to the schools aim of meeting the needs of every student” OFSTED 2011.
- “Pupils said they were at a great school.” RSC 2016
West Town Primary Academy
- Joined CMAT as a failing school in June 2014.
- Ofsted Good grading in 2017.
- Phonics approximately doubled and are now above national.
- Progress consistently in the top 5/10% nationally.
- £6.5 million new-build to give a state of the art building in the centre of Peterborough.
- Whole Education’s most improved primary school 2015.
- Holders of the gold Primary Science Quality Mark the silver arts mark and an arts award school and the silver active mark.
- Since the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust started working with West Town Primary School, leaders have made many improvements to the quality of education that pupils receive(Ofsted 2017).
Downham Feoffees Primary Academy
- Joined CMAT in September 2017.
Recent OFSTED quotations support our track record:
“The Cambridge meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) and members of the academy council provide you with effective support and challenge. There are strong links across the trust bot at governance and leadership levels. This provides you, members of the academy council and school leaders with additional expertise when reviewing your progress and planning for next steps.” – Feb 2018
“The principal provides highly effective leadership. He has created a culture of ambition and aspiration at the school and there is a relentless focus on school improvement.” – 2017
“The trust, senior leaders and members of the academy council (governors), are determined to secure the best possible outcomes for every pupil. They know the school well and are clear about the school’s strengths and what needs to improve.” – 2017
“The Trust provides excellent strategic leadership and steers improvement through high-quality training, guidance and support” – December 2015
“Teachers have access to high-quality training and are able to communicate with staff across other academies in the Trust, enabling staff to share ideas and plan joint trips and usefully check the reliability of one another’s assessments.” – December 2015
“Since April, the Trust has bolstered leadership and accelerated the academy’s transformation by providing strong strategic direction and high-quality support and guidance” – December 2015
“The Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust provides the academy with expertise in all areas of leadership and teaching. Staff have the opportunity to work with other schools in the trust to learn from their successful practices. The Executive Principal’s support in instigating staff restructuring and clarification of responsibilities has contributed to addressing some of the key aspects that has led to the academy’s under performance” – Jan 2015
“The Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust has taken swift action to secure the safety of students within the building and grounds. Visitors are carefully checked and they can no longer access areas where students are taught unless they are supervised” – Jan 2015
“Additional staffing provided by the academy trust has helped to raise standards within several departments, including English. The Principals of the trust’s other academies help senior leaders and governors to check standards; effective teaching techniques are shared between colleagues across the trust” – Feb 2015
“Working together effectively, senior staff, governors, the Cambridge Meridian Academies’ Trust, and the local education authority have developed a good school in wonderful new buildings” – Nov 2013