Stour Academy

How do we work?


Our model of collaborative standardisation is the engine for raising standards and meeting the needs of all pupils across the Trust.

Our approach, whether it be engagement with learning, ensuring good behaviour, or sharing a common school day, is decided, reviewed and adjusted through a collaborative process.  It is a collective view of best practice that is applied, not a top down approach.  This has the benefit of being dynamic; if a better approach comes along – for example, self-differentiation, our approach to the teaching of reading or Singapore Maths, then after discussion and testing, this becomes the new standard, the new practice across the whole Trust.

Our more streamlined and sharper governance aims to reduce burdens on headteachers, provide clear and timely information to the MAT Board and help to ensure that local advisory boards, Trustees, school leaders and teachers all play to their strength.

Our standardised ‘Assessment Cycle’, incorporating teacher assessment, moderation, pupil progress, interventions, quality assurance and strategic oversight by senior leaders and governance, is at the heart of our approach to raising standards.

Teachers and leaders are brought together to use data, observations and discussion to analyse and understand the progress of pupils and to agree actions, including the allocation of resources and specialist teachers across the Trust, with a sharp and detailed focus on curriculum and pedagogy.

Professional dialogue is supported through the use of standardised tests alongside comprehensive data analysis and reporting.