Stour Academy

Join a supportive and collaborative network of teachers at The Stour Academy Trust.

Supporting NQTs

The first year of teaching is a considerable significance in the professional development of a new teacher.  Our induction process ensures that the appropriate guidance, support, training, expectations and observations are provided through a structured but flexible individualised programme.

Newly qualified teachers are supported to a high standard. For example, they are provided with regular support from an experienced mentor, and frequent opportunities to observe best practice from other teachers within the trust. Clearly focused training schedules ensure that newly qualified teachers gain rapidly the necessary skills to develop into effective practitioners. Ofsted 2017 Lansdowne Primary School

Staff feel well supported and appreciate the range of training and professional development opportunities available within the trust. Newly qualified teachers and those new to the school are particularly well supported. Ofsted 2018 Finberry Primary School

Opportunities for career progression

Looking for more responsibility or greater professional development? The Stour Academy Trust can offer experienced teachers the opportunity to take on leadership responsibilities with rapid career progression in our successful and growing Trust.

Supported by a network of teachers, the Trusts collaborative model of working in Hubs allows Teachers access to resources, experience and opportunities that are just not available to those working in stand alone schools. 

60% of our Senior Leaders are ‘home grown’.

Our staffing structure places teachers on a clear career pathway, presenting numerous opportunities for further leadership or curriculum responsibilities.

Individualised support from Lead Practioners

The Stour Academy Trust utilises Lead Practioners to support its teachers to be outstanding.

As experienced coaches and mentors, Lead Practioners support individual teachers by planning lessons together, modelling teaching, sharing best practise in developmental marking, demonstrating the effective use of TA’s, observing teaching and providing constructive feedback in a positive environment.

Teachers working with our Lead Practioners have shown significant improvements in their teaching, leaving them feeling more confident and secure in their ability to deliver a positive impact on pupil learning.

Teacher Well-being

Our aim is to train teachers well enough so they can leave, but treat them well enough so they don't.

Since its establishment in 2012, The Stour Academy Trust has recognised, and continues to recognise, School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions and nationally agreed terms and conditions for all staff.

As a Trust, we recognise and value that staff work tirelessly as both individuals and as members of a team, to provide an outstanding standard of education and improve the life chances for all children. Our staff are committed, passionate and go the extra mile in order to drive standards in our pursuit for excellence. 

Read our Teacher Well-being policy here


  • Full induction process
  • Structured but flexible programme to support you in you NQT year
  • Ever evolving work-life balance package
  • Support from a network of experienced teachers
  • Excellent career development opportunities

 Talent Pool

Interested in a career with The Stour Academy Trust? Follow the link below to join our Talent Pool, where we will be able to contact you when opportunities in the Trust are available.


Talent Pool