North Carr Collaborative Academy Trust - Achieving More Together

What is a Multi Academy Trust?

Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) are the most formal kind of collaboration structure for schools who have become academies.  Schools come together for different reasons. 

Any group of schools can apply to become a MAT but one school must have been judged outstanding or at least good by OfSTED and be able to demonstrate that they have the capacity to support the other schools within the partnership. 

Overall governance is by one trust (the members) and a board of directors (the governors)   Powers can be delegated to individual academies but the overall legal responsibility for outcomes across all schools lies with the MAT.

North Carr Collaborative Academy Trust

Highlands was judged by Ofsted to be an outstanding school and was subsequently designated as a Teaching School, a National Support School and also a DfE sponsor.  Highlands and Bude Park had a history of collaboration and the natural next step was to formalise this relationship.  The DfE requires that all ‘new’ schools should be sponsored and as such Highlands applied and was successful in becoming the sponsor of Kingswood Parks.

Why become a Multi Academy Trust?

We recognise that one size does not fit all.  All schools have their own ‘uniqueness’, but the core values of every school within our Multi Academy Trust are shared:

  • Children come first;
  • All learners are encouraged, supported and challenged to be the best they can be;
  • Schools are welcoming, safe and happy places;
  • All staff are committed to raising standards;
  • All schools are committed to ‘Systems Leadership’  ie having a positive impact on the lives and life chances of children within and beyond our own school.

Benefits of becoming a Multi Academy Trust:

  • Strong shared strategic vision;
  • Collaboration not competition;
  • Flexibility;
  • Shared resources  and expertise;
  • Economies of scale;
  • Support and Challenge can be directed to where need is greatest;
  • ‘Cutting edge’ approach to staff development and succession planning.

Jan Drinkall

Principal - Highlands Primary School

National Leader of Education

CEO North Carr Collaborative Academy Trust

 

Helen Miller

Principal – Kingswood Parks Primary School

Alliance Group Lead - Hull Collaborative Teaching School

 

Shaun Allison

Principal – Bude Park Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education

  

Debbie Smith

Associate Principal - Highlands Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education

Chartered Assessor

 

Katy Drinkall

Associate Principal – Kingswood Parks Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education

Harrogate Primary Maths Hub - Chair

 

 

Debbie James

Vice Principal – Highlands Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education

 

Graham Stitch

Vice Principal – Bude Park Primary School

 

Sallie McKeown

Acting Vice Principal - Highlands Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education

 

Helen Smith

Acting Vice Principal – Highlands Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education

 

Sarah Mitchell

Assistant Vice Principal - Bude Park Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education

 

Milica Saleh

Assistant Vice Principal – Highlands Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education

 

Claire Harris

Assistant Vice Principal – Highlands Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education

 

Jayne White

SENCo and Interventions Lead – Highlands Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education

 

Alexandra Richardson

Teacher Leader – Bude Park Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education

 

Katie Markham

Teacher Leader – Highlands Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education

 

Catherine Eastham 

Inclusion Lead - Highlands Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education

 

Melanie Dearing

School Business Manager - Highlands Primary School

Specialist Leader of Education