John Milton Academy Trust
“A Partnership of Aspiration and Excellence”
With effect from 1st September 2016 Stowupland High School became a founding school of the John Milton Academy Trust. As a newly formed Academy, the annual report and annual accounts will be added in subsequent years.
The Academy Trust currently has four Members and six Trustee Directors. In the the long term our vision is for Members to increase to six and Trustee Directors to nine.
About the trust
Based in Suffolk, the John Milton Academy Trust (Company number 10298832) was established in September 2016. The trust comprises one secondary (Stowupland High School) and three primary academies (Bacton Primary School, Cedars Park Community Primary School and Mendlesham Primary School). At their last inspections, Ofsted rated all academies as “Good”.
All four academies are situated near Stowmarket, Suffolk serving a predominantly rural population. Stowupland High School is an 11-18 secondary school with 1,050 pupils. Bacton Primary School is a small primary school with approximately 166 pupils, Cedars Park Community Primary School is a larger primary school with approximately 447 pupils and Mendlesham Primary School is a small primary school with approximately 99 pupils. The close geographical proximity of the schools enables the trust to develop a relationship with parents and children from Early Years through to sixth form.
The trust seeks to appoint new non-executive directors with the skills and energy both to build on existing plans and also to assist in driving the strategy forward.
Trust ethos & values
The ethos of the John Milton Academy Trust is “A Partnership of Aspiration and Excellence”, committed to providing the highest standard of education and progression for all its pupils from primary through to sixth form. There is close collaboration between schools to develop and facilitate excellent curriculum experiences and opportunities so that as many young people as possible have access to the very best education and life chances. Quality-first teaching is a priority across all Schools.
Plans for the Future
The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:
- To establish a cross-phase school improvement capability which will enable the trust to maintain and improve the quality of teaching and learning delivered in all Schools;
- To bring in additional schools into the trust, either by attracting existing schools, or through opening new schools;
- To embed and develop centralised trust services so that the optimum amount of funding can be directed to the teaching and learning activities in all schools;
- To enhance the learning environments of all schools.
Background on academy trusts
Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 69% of secondary schools and 23% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.
Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts. If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.