CMAT & CPET working together to support the Life Academies Trust

Mark Woods (CMAT CEO) and Lesley Birch (CPET Executive Principal) are to support and collaborate closely with the Life Academies Trust following the resignation of the CEO at the Life Academies Trust.

Mark and Lesley will work with LIFE to provide interim support and expertise whilst the Trust Board determine the best course of action to ensure the future success of the Trust.

The LIFE trust are confident that CMAT and CPET can provide the experience and knowledge to support their organisation as they continue to strive for excellence in education. There will be no changes to day to day arrangements, Ms Flynn, as Principal of Biggleswade Academy, and Mrs Wyatt, as Head of Early Years, will continue their good work as they lead their staff in providing the best possible life experience and learning experience for all children, in whichever setting they attend.

Letter LIFE Academies Trust sent to parents

New secondary & SEN school for Northstowe opening Autumn 2019

Northstowe, on the northwest edge of Cambridge, is set to feature up to 10,000 new homes and 25,000 residents in the future.

Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) aims to create a through campus in the area, linking a nursery and primary school, a special educational needs (SEN) school and the secondary school.

In 2008, CMAT was granted permission by Cambridgeshire County Council to establish a new secondary school and sixth form centre college in Northstowe.

This was followed in 2017 by approval to run a SEN school on the same site.

Planning permission for the new schools is yet to be approved, but CMAT hopes it will be secured in September this year with construction expected to start in the autumn or winter.

The secondary school hopes to welcome its first set of pupils into the school in September 2019, with Year 7 pupils only in the first year.

The new school will include two artificial pitches, hard courts, a dance studio, an activity studio, a 400 seat theatre, a café, a fitness gym, a community meeting room and a four court sports hall – growing to eight courts in a later phase.

Specialist drama, music and art spaces will also be open to the community.

Full application details can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council’s planning register using the code: S/0092/18/CC.

When the school opens its first set of pupils will be in Year 7 only.

It will grow to to provide 1,800 places at full capacity with 400 places in the sixth form.

The SEN school will provide 110 places. Cambridgeshire County Council will also be building a 630 place 4-11 primary school and 52 place early years facility.


Current principal at Swavesey Village College, Andy Daly, is being replaced by new school boss Jim Stavrou in September.

Mr Daly will take on a new executive principal role within CMAT – a multi-academy trust which runs schools in Cambridge, Ely, Sawtry and Peterborough.

His role includes supporting the development of a new secondary local authority maintained school in Northstowe.

“We are really pleased with how the plans are progressing for the new schools,” he said.

“We have ambitious plans for Northstowe and want the school to be at the heart of the new town, bringing people together to create an empowered local community.

“The team that will establish the new schools in Northstowe are the same team behind the highly successful and ‘Outstanding’ Swavesey Village College.

“We will take the many years of experience and learning from Swavesey and are very confident that the Northstowe schools will be every bit as good as Swavesey Village College is now.

“It is an exciting time for CMAT, Swavesey Village College and the local community, and we are pleased that we are now able to start bringing this vision to life.”



New principal for Swavesey Village College

Jim Stavrou has appointed at Swavesey Village College and will officially starts as principal at the beginning of the next academic year in September 2018.

He will be responsible for the day-to day running of the school while current head Andy Daly takes on a new executive principal role within Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT).

Mr Daly’s new role includes supporting the development of a new secondary free school in Northstowe.

When his appointment was announced, Mr Stavrou said he had been “taken aback” by the positive reaction from the school community.

“While I don’t take up the role until September, I am already enjoying recruiting new staff to the college for the coming year,” he said. I hope to build on our already strong team of teachers and support staff, so we can continue to deliver high standards of education at Swavesey.”

Mr Stavrou’s previous teaching roles include acting as head of mathematics at Sawston Village College and deputy head of maths at Impington Village College. He was appointed as assistant principal at Swavesey Village College in 2010 and vice principal in 2013.

“My main priority as headteacher is to ensure high quality teaching and learning at the college for all students. It is important that all of our students leave Swavesey with the highest possible results in the qualifications that they choose to study and are able to access the next steps in their education at the sixth form centre of their choice. I also hope that they leave our care equipped with the life skills they will need to be positive, responsible and global citizens.”

Mr Daly said: “I am delighted that Jim Stavrou has been appointed as headteacher at Swavesey. His dedication to the school is outstanding and has been proven throughout his time as assistant and vice principal. I am confident he will bring a fresh perspective to the leadership of the school and continue to support and challenge our community to pursue excellence in all we do. I look forward to supporting him in his new role.”



New playing field for West Town Primary Academy

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am pleased to announce that Peterborough City Council’s planning committee approved the plans to provide the school with a new playing field on Thorpe Lea Meadow.

When the council built our new school building they realised that our previous playing field at Angus Court was too far away and did not have access to the right facilities, such as toilets and shelter should the weather change. The field was also in a poor condition, unsafe and due to it being a shared field that was used by members of the community, it presented safeguarding issues. This meant that we couldn’t use the field for physical education as we would have liked to.   A new dedicated playing field was essential for our school and our children.

We have worked closely with our partners at Peterborough City Council to identify a suitable new location on Thorpe Lea Meadows. The new playing field will provide a safe and suitable area that will dramatically improve the outdoor, sports and physical education opportunities our children deserve. The field is also much closer than our previous field and will be located opposite the school at the bottom of Thorpe Lea Road.

Now that the plans have been approved the council will invest a significant amount of money to create a dedicated space that will feature a mobile classroom, a marked football pitch, changing and toilet facilities and will be fenced to make sure our students are safe at all times.

We are delighted by the news and look forward to using it as soon as we can do. In the meantime, we will work with the council and the local community to ensure the area continues to be a source of immense pride at the very heart of our local community for years to come.


Yours faithfully,

Hannah Quinn,
Headteacher, West Town Primary Academy

CMAT welcomes Bar Hill and Lantern primary schools to the Trust

CMAT welcomes two new primary schools to the Trust!

As of Friday 1st June, Lantern Community Primary School, Ely, and Bar Hill Primary School officially joined CMAT and are now proudly part of our Trust.

We’re very pleased that the schools have chosen to become part of CMAT. Both schools currently have a ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted, meaning not only can we share our best practice and resource with Lantern and Bar Hill, but that we can also learn from the good practice that is already in place.

I’m sure that you will agree this continues to be an exciting time for CMAT and we look forward to working with both schools on continuing their successful journeys to provide excellence educational provisions for their local communities.

Mark Woods