St John’s CofE Primary Academy, Wednesbury – Ofsted September 2017 ‘Members of the trust and governing body have an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development. They provide effective support and challenge for leaders at all levels. Staff are able to access and benefit from a high standard of support and professional development from within the trust. They spoke highly of ‘quality learning circles’ which are facilitated by the trust, which focus on all aspects of the curriculum. These groups enable staff to reflect on, and further improve, their practice. The principal’s high expectations are shared by the multi-academy trust and the governing body. Trust members and governors are rigorous in holding leaders to account, and this has contributed to the drive for improvement and the raising of standards in the school. In turn, trust members recognise the high aspirations and drive of the principal and her skills are used well to support other schools in the trust. The trust’s raising achievement board provides further rigor in the monitoring of the school’s work. The trust members use their knowledge of the school to provide coaching and mentoring support in appropriate areas, and this has had a positive impact on improvements seen in school. Staff are now beginning to benefit from the additional support available within the trust for early years’.
Havergal CoE Primary Academy – Ofsted May 2017 ‘The governing body and representatives of the trust are knowledgeable and astute. The leaders of the multi-academy trust offer astute oversight, guidance and support to the school. The improvement advisor for the trust supports and challenges leaders to drive effective action’.
Birchills CoE Primary Academy March 2017 ‘Leaders are held to account effectively by the Local Governing Body and St Chad’s Academy Trust. Officers representing the Trust monitor the quality of education in the school and provide effective support and guidance to leaders’.
St Jude’s CoE Primary Academy – Ofsted January 2017 ‘The trust and local governors know the school well. They provide robust support and challenge to school leaders’.
St Matthew’s CofE Primary Academy – Ofsted October 2016 ‘Governors have embraced the school’s conversion to academy status and value the support and input provided by the academy trust. They receive regular reports about teaching and standards and have attended training’.