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Stay in Control of your School's Destiny

CFAT was one of the first Multi-Academy Trusts (MAT) in Wigan with plans to become a family of high performing primary academies, who, by working together will make a significant impact on the life chances of young people in our communities.

We are currently seeking to build our partnership of like-minded schools that continually strive to improve their offer so that we can create a Multi Academy Trust where we all benefit.

Community First Academy Trust believes that each child deserves the best educational opportunities available to them and we aim to create a family of schools that holds this same passion and expectation.

If your school is currently considering academy status or thinking what academy status would mean for you, your school, your colleagues and your children, we would welcome a discussion with you, as we shape and develop our family.

Community First Academy Trust, wishes to grow its network of professionals who are passionate about children and schools. Our current plans to grow the trust are focused on finding schools with similar values and principles to join us as partners.  We believe that schools joining in this way would reap many benefits from the collaboration and would also enhance the capacity of the trust. This would not be a loss of control or status for heads or governors, but in fact an opportunity to take control in the wider organisation of our schools. 

Advantages of Becoming a Community First Academy Trust partner

At Community First Academy Trust we all work together to deliver outstanding outcomes for young people through our commitment to high expectations.

The whole purpose of a school is that children come first and everything we do must reflect this goal. Delivering teaching excellence is our overriding focus. Our family of academies work strategically together to deliver long term sustainability through efficiencies and savings that release resources to improve the rate of progress for all our children. This enables us to deliver the excellence in education that our communities deserve, by the sharing of best practice and the delivery of continuous and sustained improvement.

 So far this has developed a strong focus on education whilst not losing sight of the individual child, alongside a range of back office developments that deliver a robust infrastructure for the future. This includes central finance, IT, HR and premises / estates management. Leadership development, succession planning and capacity building are also major priorities for the Trust.

Join CFAT and you will have:

The freedom to help & shape our schools: We believe every academy needs its own individual identity. So unlike other MATs, our Headteachers genuinely have the freedom to shape their school. We believe that this is the only way to truly meet the needs of a community, as being there every day means that they will know it better than anyone else.

A support network second-to-none: We passionately believe in the power of collaborative working and actively promote school-to-school support. This includes accessing support from our strong Teaching School Alliance (Westbridge) who offer a range of high quality professional development opportunities for staff at all levels. In this role, you will also have the support of other Headteachers, not to mention the strength of the wider CFAT group that includes a experienced Central Team that works alongside each of our partner schools to deliver Finance, HR, IT, Estates, Admissions, Governance and Legal services.

Boundless opportunities for career progression: When you deliver and achieve, you will be rewarded for your success – and that could be from leading multiple schools, to additional responsibilities that will impact across CFAT, through to Leadership roles. If you are ambitious, we will help you to succeed with pace.

A great social culture: We know how to enjoy ourselves and have a great team ethos. Conferences, summer parties, fun days and team building activities give you the chance to let your hair down with colleagues and know that your hard work is appreciated.


If you would like to explore the options of working with Community First Academy Trust further, please contact either Sue Darbyshire or Jane Chambers who will be pleased to arrange a confidential meeting with you.

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