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Applying to join the Trust

The Consortium Academy Trust (TCAT) has been created in order to provide a regional provision for like-minded schools who wish to work together under a formal partnership, for the benefit of children and young people across our region.

We believe in the importance of partnership working but recognise that this is only likely to be successful if all partners share a similar set of values and principles.

At TCAT we encapsulate these values within our Vision statement:

The Trust’s Vision is to be:

  • A Trust that promotes academic excellence, where exciting opportunities allow students to excel in all that they do, and leave prepared to achieve all their ambitions.
  • A Trust whose schools deliver the maximum potential for progress through inspirational teaching and learning, and outstanding school to school support.
  • A Trust with a leading community role, whose schools are the preferred choice for students, parents, staff and other professionals.

As a Trust we understand the value of developing effective and strong relationships with all our Academies, and this principle underpins our approach to growing the Trust.

Any school or Academy interesting in joining the Trust will be given full consideration by the Board and although our processes may seem lengthy they are designed to ensure that both parties are able to gain a thorough understanding of the vision, aims and ambitions of all concerned.

We know that time spent in getting to know each other will pay dividends moving forward, and will help to ensure a successful partnership over many years.

The application process:

If a school or Academy is considering its future options and wishes to explore the benefits of joining TCAT then we can offer the opportunity of an informal discussion between the school and Dave McCready, our CEO. If appropriate this can include a presentation from the Trust to Governors and/or Senior Leaders at the school.

Following this, should the school wish to progress their application a formal written request should be made to Mr Ian Furlong, Chair of the Trust Board. This will then initiate the Trust’s application procedure which is summarised in Appendix 1, see attachment below.

The process involves a number of phases and interested schools need to be aware that should an agreement be made to proceed then there are some reasonable financial demands placed on the school through the conversion process. It should be noted however that there is currently a grant available from the DfE to support maintained schools who wish to convert to Academy status. This will generally cover the costs associated with conversion. Also the whole process takes time and will result in an additional workload for senior leaders and governors. A designated key contact from within the Trust staff team will however be on hand throughout to support the process.