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                                       'Together in Achievement'                                        

The ASPIRE Multi-Academy Trust and your chance to be part of a new and innovative future.


The Aspire Multi-Academy Trust, first established in February 2014, offers a distinctive model for primary schools wanting to be part of a progressive and innovative MAT with an exciting and expanding future. The main features on offer include:

  • A MAT focussed on primary schools
  • A partnership of equals, sharing a common vision and Christian ethos, and sharing the responsibility for driving the development of the MAT.
  • A MAT that demands the best educational and overall learning experience for the children in its academies, which are held to account to achieve a ‘beyond expectation’ outcome.
  • A leadership team led by an experienced Chief Executive Officer.
  • A CEO who is highly skilled in and provides :
    • School improvement.
    • Assessing educational and attainment standards.
    • Staff, team and school leadership and development.
    • Strategic planning.
  • A Finance & Business Manager who provides:
    • Strategic finance and business planning support to the CEO and MAT Board.
    • A value-for-money procurement programme for purchasing centralised services to all academies.
    • Accountability for the financial resources of the MAT and its academies.
    • An oversight of financial management and budget setting/control at academy level.
    • Support and guidance for academy-based business and finance managers.
  • A highly experienced MAT Board whose members’ professional skills and knowledge cover all aspects of current education, business, employment and legal requirements of a successful and expanding MAT.
  • A vision for MAT expansion which provides a unique model and opportunity for progressive and ambitious schools wishing to become an academy.


Ethos and Guiding Principles 

All academies within the Aspire MAT share a common vision and ethos and work together under a set of shared guiding principles. Although these are based on strong Christian principles the Aspire MAT is open to church and non-church schools which are prepared to share the same ethos and vision.

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The Guiding Principles shared by each academy within the Aspire MAT are:

  • “Together in Achievement” (Partnership and ethos).
  • Each academy is a ’Take Care School’, where we “Take care of our self, each other, the world and our work.” (Ethos and Christian principles)
  • “We work hard to maximise the learning and growing of all our pupils, in a take care environment.” (Principle which links all our planning, work and thinking and forms the basis of all our School Self Reviews and evaluation)
  • “Every child has the right to learn and grow in a caring school where he/she feels safe and happy and which provides equal opportunity for all.” (Attitudes and behaviour)
  • “Striving to be the best we can be.” (Encouraging us to always be in a process of continuous school self-review and positive improvement)
  • “For children... for all." (Recognition and emphasis of our primary focus)


Peter Golightly

Chair - Aspire Multi-Academy Trust Board