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C.I.T Academies shortlisted as MAT of the Year at the National School Awards

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On the 13th and 14th November, senior Government policymakers, association leaders and senior education figures from across the country will gather at the Schools and Academies Show in Birmingham to discuss the latest insights in UK education.

Over 4,000 attendees will visit across the two days, instigating the opportunity to network with over 120 speakers and 200 leading education suppliers.

There will also be the inaugural National School Awards that will celebrate educational achievements and progression in the following areas – School Business Leader of the Year; Income Innovator of the Year; Leadership Team of the Year; School Infrastructure Innovation of the Year; School of the Year; MAT of the Year.

C.I.T Academies are delighted to announce they are one of four MATs from across the country to have been shortlisted for MAT of the Year, where the judges ‘are looking for a MAT that has successfully turned around their schools or has managed to grow whilst maintaining or increasing positive pupil outcomes. The MAT can be any size and should show examples of using innovation and imagination to improve their schools.’

The 2018-19 academic year contained numerous achievements for the 11 schools in the Multi-Academy Trust that spans from Grantham to the East Coast across Lincolnshire.

Four schools have received Ofsted visits with The John Fielding Special School recording a ‘Good’ grading, maintaining and improving on the standards depicted from the last inspection in 2013.

The Priory School moved within one step of ‘Outstanding’, the report noting ‘improved quality of education’, ‘wonderful learning experiences’ and ‘exemplary pupil behaviour’.

The Priory’s sister school, The Garth School, maintained their ‘Outstanding’ status. The Ofsted report explained how, ‘pupils very much enjoy attending the school. They learn well, their views are listened to and they appreciate the high-quality care and guidance they receive. You have created a positive and stimulating curriculum, which is personalised to meet the needs of individual pupils.’

Woodlands Academy, most recently, also secured ‘Outstanding’. The Ofsted report published in September 2019, praised the dedication of staff towards teaching and learning in the school, stating: ‘You have worked with purpose and vigour to maintain the high standard of education in the school…sharing your passion and determination to secure the best possible outcomes.’ 

In the mainstream schools, Caythorpe Primary and Isaac Newton secured record SATs grades, whilst Chapel St Leonards Primary celebrated their best Progress scores to date.

New setting Poplar Farm School opened its doors for the first time, whilst Greenfields Academy also joined the Trust in November 2018.

There was even a prestigious award for Pam Powell, who is Chair of Governors at five of the 11 C.I.T schools including Ambergate Sports College and The Sandon School where the Trust was born, with Pam set to receive a British Empire Medal, after an education career spanning 40 years.

We look forward to hearing the results from the National School Awards next month and wish all of the shortlisted nominees in each of the six categories all the best of luck.