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The future is ours! Together we can provide a better future.

What Community First Academy Trust believe – the importance of trust

The legal basis of all academies and multi-academy trusts in the country are education charities. We are accustomed to using the word ‘trust’ to describe this legal vehicle, but trust at Community First Academy Trust means so much more.

Our trust has a single legal and moral purpose: to advance education for the public benefit.

Community First Academy Trust was established in 2013 and is now a diverse school trust encompassing a Nursery, a Primary School, a Primary / Secondary phase SCITT, a reputable Teaching School with Research School links, a registered provider of Apprenticeships and is a DfE sponsor. Our school trust also operates a successful in-house facilities management company for its schools ‘CFAT Facilities Ltd’. 

Join CFAT and benefit from our ‘Trust Dividend’ –  Our ‘trust dividend’ is a added-value that individual schools receive by being part of the trust. Sir David Carter says: “The Trust Dividend is the aggregate impact of the formal collaboration that the trust leads across the schools who make up the whole – the sum of the parts in effect.”    

There is now stronger evidence that groups of schools and organisations working together under a single governance structure are educationally and financially stronger. We wish to establish a school trust that works in collaboration as one entity to achieve high educational standards across the group.

As the new shape of our education system emerges, we are seeking to build our partnership of schools to improve our offer so that we create a school trust where all pupils, communities and workforces benefit.

What are School Trusts? and what are the advantages generated by the collaborative framework of a School Trust?

For parents:

  • As a family of schools, we will improve children’s education by sharing ideas and expertise with each other;
  • Like any other state school, schools in our trust are free to attend and we are inspected in the same way as any other school, and children take the same tests and exams.
  • We help our local communities thrive by giving children the best opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom.

For teachers:

  • As a family of schools, we work closely together and share expertise, which creates greater opportunities for children and teachers.
  • We share good practice on the important things - curriculum, assessment, behaviour and well-being.
  • We offer structured career pathways for teachers, supported by high-quality professional development so teachers and leaders learn together.
  • We help teachers and leaders spend more of their time focussed on the one thing that counts the most – the education of children.

The support available to schools in our trust also includes an established and experienced central team that delivers Finance, HR, IT, Estates Management, Admissions, Governance and Legal services.

If you are a maintained school thinking about forming or joining a school trust, you should ask: “How can my school best collaborate with others in a strong, supportive and resilient structure to ensure that each child is a powerful learner and that adults have the opportunities to learn and develop as teachers and leaders?” The wrong question to be asking is: ‘’should my school become an academy’’.

Each school in our school trust still maintains its own local Governing Body. The governors on these local boards are there to represent the interests of their school. In addition, Headteachers continue to lead their own schools whilst benefitting from being part of a group of schools.

 We very much hope that you and your school will be inspired to join our schools trust on the next stage of our journey, working together to provide the very best in educational services.

Together we will create a future with limitless horizons.

If you would like to explore our school partnership further or discuss the advantages of becoming a partner on either a formal or informal basis, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,                                                


Sue Darbyshire                                                 

Community First Academy Trust                     

Tel: 01942 487 973                                              


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 School Trusts, 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, 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.