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What Are Academies

Academies are publicly-funded independent schools.

Academies don’t have to follow the national curriculum and can set their own term times.  They still have to follow the same rules on admissions, special educational needs and exclusions as other state schools.

Academies receive their budgets directly from the Government, via the Education Funding Agency, not their local council as other state schools do.  Academies are run by an Academy Trust which employs the staff.  Some Academy Trusts only have one school to look after, we have more than one school and are known as Multi Academy Trust.  We have one Trust Board who oversee more than one Academy.

Some Academies have sponsors such as businesses, universities, other schools, faith or voluntary groups.  Sponsors are responsible for improving the performance of their schools.

About Our MAT

Inspire Multi Academy Trust was formed by the Governing Body of Farringdon Primary School, who applied for Academy Status to the Secretary of State for Education as a Multi Academy Trust, where they could act as a sponsor school for other Academies, aiming to help them to improve their standards and performance.  Multi Academy Trust Status was granted in December 2012, at which time Farringdon Academy and Inspire Multi Academy Trust was formed.

In April 2013, Directors of the Trust welcomed New Penshaw Academy and Plains Farm Academy to the Multi Academy Trust, followed in July 2016 by Burnside Academy and Fatfield Academy joining the Inspire family of academies.

In addition to the Trust Board, each Academy has its own Local Governing Body who take a key role in driving forward the attainment and progress within each Academy.

Aims of Our MAT

Inspire Multi-Academy Trust Vision:

Our vision is to create a family of outstanding schools with clear purpose, direction and objectives. Where teaching and learning is paramount and children enjoy and are engaged in a rich and relevant curriculum tailored to their individual needs ensuring empowerment of all pupils to achieve their full potential. The Inspire Multi Academy Trust’s vision is to create and foster a culture of high aspiration amongst all students, regardless of their social, economic or cultural background. The Inspire Multi Academy Trust will lead and support in striving for excellence in teaching and learning; they will aim for a strong engagement in learning that fosters a lifelong learning ethos and will promote good progress for all learners.

Inspire Multi-Academy Trust Ethos:

We will build a thriving community where challenge and accountability enable us to succeed on behalf of the children and families of whom the Trust serve. Enjoyment of learning is fundamental; we will harness enthusiastically the power of a creative and diverse curriculum to raise attainment across the Trust schools. We will put the needs of our children at the heart of all our decision making.

Our MAT Board

Our MAT Board is made up of 9 Trustees.

All decisions made are for the benefit of all schools in the Trust. Our MAT Board meet as a full Directorate twice a term and in addition to this they operate a number of committees to deal with matters linked to Personnel, Finance, Strategy, Performance etc.

The MAT Board and each committee elect a Chair who ensures each meeting runs smoothly.

Our MAT Board have also established a Local Governing Body in each school.  Local Governing Bodies have an overview on school performance and attainment, holding leaders to account for the performance of their academy.