Downham Feoffees joins CMAT

CMAT are delighted to announce the continued growth of their primary arm with the news that Downham Feoffees Primary are planned to become members of the CMAT family in September 2017.

This lovely village primary school which is in the catchment area of Ely College supports the trust’s desire to develop an all through approach to high quality education in the local areas in which the trust operates. This enables the high quality of education provided by the trust to continue from primary through to secondary, building on existing knowledge and consistency of provision for the children and families in our schools.

There are already strong links developing between the schools with staff working in both phases to ensure high quality subject specific education provision. Downham will be supported in its development by our CMAT primary specialists in English, Maths and Inclusion who have made considerable improvements to West Town Primary Academy.  A number of specialist teachers and operational support staff from Ely College will also support.  We are very excited to be working with other local primary schools from the Ely region to develop education at Downham Feoffees through close collaboration.

CMAT chosen to sponsor two new free schools in the region

Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust chosen to sponsor two new free schools in the region

Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust is delighted to confirm that it will run two of the new free schools announced last week by the education secretary Justine Greening.

The Trust will develop the planned special education provision in Northstowe and create a new secondary school in Corby following the announcement. Both free school applications were made working in partnership with the local education authorities (Cambridgeshire County Council and Northamptonshire County Council) and responded to the growing pressure on school places in their regions.

The announcement comes shortly after the Trust was ranked as the fifth highest performing multi-academy trust in the country for its performance in the Key Stage 4 league tables.

The special education provision at Northstowe will become the first school in the Trust to provide dedicated support for students with special educational needs and the second school the Trust will manage at the heart of the planned new town of 10,000 homes between Cambridge and Swavesey.

The Trust was previously confirmed as the sponsor of Northstowe’s new secondary school and sixth form in 2008. The secondary school is expected to open by September 2019 with both schools located within the same educational hub.

The new school in Corby will become the eighth secondary school to join the Trust and its fifth school in the north of the region. Located within a short 20 mile drive from the Trust’s Peterborough base, Corby was confirmed to be the fastest growing borough outside of London last year. The new school will help to alleviate the growing need for school places in the region and will provide up to 1500 school places, including 300 post-16 places, by 2024.

CMAT will work closely with both local communities to establish new names and identities for all new schools before they are due to open.

Mark Woods, Chief Executive of CMAT, said: “We are delighted that our plans to open two new academies have been approved and we look forward to working with the communities to deliver high-quality education for all students.

“As a Trust, we have a very strong track record in improving standards, achievement and attainment across schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and the immediate surrounding areas.

“The new schools will allow us to embed our successful vision and values right from the very beginning and offer the best possible learning environment for every child.”

Rapid improvements in standards and achievement have been a common theme for schools that have joined the Trust. Nene Park Academy, North Cambridge Academy, Stamford Welland Academy and Sawtry Village Academy have all seen their KS4 results and Ofsted grade improve since joining the Trust.  The Trust’s first primary school, West Town Primary Academy, has also recorded significantly improved KS2 results.

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Stamford Welland Academy outperforms other local schools

Stamford Welland Academy is delighted to see themselves outperforming many other local schools in the final 2016 GCSE results, which were published today by the Department for Education.

This year, new measures Progress 8, Attainment 8 and the English Baccalaureate have replaced the former headline figure of the percentage of students gaining 5 A*-C grades including English and mathematics. This year promises to be a much fairer way of comparing schools’ GCSE results, where the ability mix of a year group is taken into account.
The Academy is delighted to report major successes across all their ability groups, when compared to other local schools, proving that they can cater for all children across a range of abilities.
The English Baccalaureate measure shows the percentage of students who receive an A*-C grade in the core academic subjects of maths, English, two sciences, history or geography and a language. This measure is useful for comparing how high ability students perform. 92% of our higher ability students, achieved the English Baccalaureate measure. This score outperformed all other local secondary schools*, including grammar schools and proves that we are stretching our higher ability students to be successful in more traditional, academic subjects.
Similarly, our lower ability students outperformed similar ability groups in other local schools, as demonstrated in the Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures.
Progress 8 gives a score based on the progress of every student in 8 of their core subjects between their Year 6 SATS results and their GCSE results. Overall, Stamford Welland Academy achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.32 putting us in the ‘above average’ category compared to schools nationally. Our lower ability students scored an outstanding 0.71, outperforming similar ability groups in all other local schools*.
Attainment 8 gives a score based on the actual results of every student in 8 of their core subjects. Once again, our lower ability group outperformed other schools locally* with the highest Attainment 8 score of 40.4. This proves that we are supporting lower ability students to not only progress, but to attain far better grades than children of similar abilities at other local schools.
Anthony Partington, Principal, said, “It has been a really successful year for Stamford Welland Academy. Our small school, complete with an effective house system, means we are able to dedicate more attention to the individual student, helping them to progress and achieve their potential. After all the continual hard work and dedication by our teaching and support staff, it’s pleasing to see the results in black and white – that we are creating an excellent secondary school choice in Stamford for children of all abilities.
“Although our intake for September 2017 looks to be full, we are keen to maintain our small school ethos to ensure every child is known, valued and supported to achieve the best results they can.”
* For the purposes of comparison, we have used Bourne Grammar School, The King’s School in Peterborough, Casterton College and The Deepings School

Ely College set to join CMAT in July 2016

Ely College is set to join Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) following negotiations with DfE, the school’s current sponsor, CfBT Schools Trust (CST), and CMAT. The transfer of sponsorship is intended to take place this summer.

The planned transfer is the result of discussions with the Department for Education to secure local support for Ely College, with the aim of moving the school more quickly towards becoming ‘Good’ and beyond.

CMAT has a strong track record in improving achievement and attainment in the Cambridgeshire region. The Trust is committed to improving the quality of education and life in the county, and its immediate surroundings, and currently operates six schools across an area extending from Stamford to Cambridge.

Shirley Jamieson, Chair of CMAT, said: “We are very excited to be finalising an agreement to enable an academy with as much potential as Ely College to join our family of schools. CMAT exists to provide high-quality and dynamic education for everyone, in the heart of their communities. This clear vision is the focus of everything we do. We don’t have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, and we will be talking to pupils and their families, teachers and the local community about how we move the College forward, quickly and inclusively. Our local knowledge and breadth of experience will help us add value to the foundations already in place.”