Our Strategy for Growth
The Stour Academy Trust offers high quality teaching and learning. Sadly, there still remains too many schools with thousands of pupils who are not receiving the level of teaching and learning they deserve.
The Trust aims to have between 12-16 primary schools working in hubs over 4 geographical areas in Kent over a 5-10 year measured expansion plan. This will include applications for Free Schools where this fits with the geographical model. These areas will include, Canterbury, Swale and Ashford. Given the collaborative model of the Trust, a maximum of 30 minutes travelling time between academies within the hub has been identified. Hubs will ‘mirror’ the successful Canterbury collaborative hub. The Trust intends to grow through the sponsorship of underperforming schools and Free Schools. The Trust has no current plans to expand outside of the region.
The expanding MAT of this size will inspire greater collaboration and innovation, built on current good practice.
When a school is proposed to be part of our MAT we consider:
- Moral obligation
- Size of school. Any new school joining the Trust will need to be single form entry and above.
- Financial position of school
- Distance between schools
- Ofsted category of the school
However, our moral obligation to raise standards and address underperformance remains the overiding consideration.
- Our intention and ambition is to create a network of outstanding schools that thrive through collaboration and interaction.
- We feel a sense of responsibility and obligation to expand. We will only expand when we have the capacity to do so. It is the responsibility of the Trust to build capacity as it develops.
- Our Trust will serve a range of communities including those with relatively high levels of deprivation.
- We have a strong affiliation with Canterbury Christ Church University and continue to work in close partnership with the Local Authority.
What we won’t do………
- Put competition before collaboration.
- Nor do anything that would be detrimental to any young person, staff or school in a neighbouring community.