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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