2016 CAT folder

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S WELCOME Welcome to The Cam Academy Trust and to our Academies. We are delighted that you are interested in us and the highquality education that our Academies seek to provide. It is my privilege to oversee the work of our Academies and report to our trustees regarding this. Further details about our trustees are available via our website, www.catrust.co.uk Every Academy has its own Principal, Headteacher or Head of School who report to me and work to ensure the highest quality education in their own Academy. They work both with our central Trust staff and their own team of high-quality staff to ensure the best possible education for all pupils. Staff across our different Academies also work with each other to enable all pupils in all of our Academies to achieve the highest of standards. Further details about the provision in each Academy is available in their prospectus and on their website. Our over-arching purpose is simple: we want to secure educational excellence for all, with our Academies working at the heart of and serving their local communities.

Stephen Munday CBE Chief Executive of The Cam Academy Trust


Stephen Munday CBE

Every single pupil is supported to achieve his or her very best and to be well prepared for the future.


Excellence for all is our mission. We want to serve our local communities and help them to thrive.


THE CAM ACADEMY TRUST The Cam Academy Trust is a new name for our Trust from the summer of 2016. It reflects the fact that we are now a strong, locally-based Trust of Academies with representation from the different school phases. This is also how we intend to develop in the future: staying local with strong representation at both secondary and primary school level as well as strong provision for those with special educational needs. The Trust was named ‘The Comberton Academy Trust’ as it formed originally to enable the consistently Ofsted ‘outstanding’ Comberton Village College to move to Academy status. Further developments saw The Voyager Academy, Peterborough being sponsored and then Melbourn Village College joining the Trust. The Trust opened its first Free School, Cambourne Village College, in 2013 that was also rapidly graded as ‘outstanding’. Most recently, Gamlingay First School joined the Trust. It was the first Primary phase school to come into our Trust. St Peter’s School, Huntingdon, is expected to join the Trust in September 2016. Further Primary Schools joining our Trust will be overseen by our new Primary Executive Leader. This locally based model of education will stay true to its roots: seeking excellence for all and with our schools at the heart of their communities.


THE FIVE CORE PRINCIPLES At the heart of our work lie the five core principles of The Cam Academy Trust. These drive everything that we do:



The excellence principle. Education must be of the very highest standard.

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The comprehensive principle. Education must be for all types and abilities of pupils. The community principle. Every Academy must be at the heart of its local community and serve it well.


The partnership principle. Each Academy must seek to work positively in partnership with others for mutual benefit.


The international principle. The curriculum inside and outside the classroom must have a clear international dimension.

It is clear that pupils enjoy school and enjoy learning in lessons. They relish the challenges presented by teachers in the work they are set.


Excellent teaching is a hallmark of our Academies. Top-quality staff work in the partnership with each other to share ideas and develop their professional practice. This helps to ensure that teaching is as good as it can be and all our pupils learn powerfully.


AIMS AND VALUES The fundamental principles of the Trust guide the aims and values of all of its Academies. We want to ensure that every individual pupil achieves his or her full, positive potential through a broad and high-quality education. All of our Academies’ pupils will be helped to become: • Capable. Through skills developed, attributes nurtured and qualifications gained, our pupils will be able to take a full, positive role in society. • Confident. Having had their abilities confirmed and seen them flourish, our pupils are confident to be able to make the most of their talents and contribute to their communities. • Caring. An emphasis on working with each other and recognising the position of other people throughout the world helps our pupils to develop a proper caring attitude.


WORKING TOGETHER FOR EXCELLENCE Central to the operation of The Cam Academy Trust is the way that our Academies work together to ensure: • The very highest quality of staff. Effective recruitment of very able professionals coupled with powerful professional development are key to our approach in ensuring the very best staff oversee the education of all pupils in our Academies. • The highest possible quality of education through the sharing of ideas, resources and successful ways of working. • The best and broadest possible range of educational opportunities for all of our pupils. This is secured through sharing curriculum, mutual extra-curricular activities and joint trips and visits.


The Cam Academy Trust fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 157 of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Our safeguarding policy is available on the Trust website and sets out how the Trustees discharge their statutory responsibilities relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children who are pupils at the academies within the Trust. The policy applies to all staff, paid and unpaid, working in all the schools, including governors. Support staff as well as teachers can be the first point of disclosure for a child. Concerned parents/carers may also contact the relevant academy and its governors.

Joint working helps us to ensure that all of our Academies can provide the highest quality of education for their pupils and serve their local communities. It also helps to allow each Academy always to develop its practice and improve further what it does.




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