ENGAGEMENT ON THE PROPOSAL TO JOIN SMART MULTI ACADEMY TRUST
As a single academy trust Grasmere Academy and its Board of Trustees have been exploring the possibility of joining a like-minded, values driven multi academy trust. We have reviewed the options and have identified SMART Multi Academy Trust as the MAT that we wish to join.
The overarching purpose for taking this step is to enhance the support and opportunities that our students receive. Working as part of a larger entity will give us the opportunity to share excellent practice across a range of schools and access high quality staff development opportunities. We should also enjoy the greater purchasing power of a larger group.
SMART Multi Academy Trust is a MAT based in Newcastle Upon Tyne which covers a vast geographical area, determined to deliver the very highest standard of education through the provision of a high-quality curriculum and the development of our pupils as individuals, so they are fully equipped for life.
The schools currently in the Trust are:
Cheviot Primary School
Farne Primary School
Kenton Bar Primary School
Kingston Park Primary School
Mountfield Primary School
Stocksfield Avenue Primary School
Wyndham Primary School
North Fawdon Primary School
The values of the trust closely align with those of Grasmere Academy, particularly their ethos of inclusivity for all pupils while allowing us to retain our unique school identity. Working with the trust and its schools is seen by the Governors as a means to strengthen our school further, offering new and enhanced opportunities for both pupils and staff. You can find out more information about the trust on their website at www.smartacademies.net
We are holding an engagement period to inform our staff, parents and carers and other key stakeholders on the to join SMART Multi Academy Trust.
The engagement period will run from 11 October 2023 to 7 November 2023