Staploe Education Trust

Life at Staploe Education Trust Life at Staploe Education Trust

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in us and our schools.

About our schools

The Staploe Education Trust is a Multi Academy Trust serving part of East Cambridgeshire.   We are a strong, local partnership looking after the learning and wider interests of young people in our community from age 2 to 16.

Our Trust currently has four very different good schools, Soham Village College is a larger than average secondary school set in 40 acres of beautiful ground, where ‘Leaders have created a culture of academic excellence. 'The high-quality care and welfare that permeates the school provides a nurturing environment that supports pupils extremely well.'

 

Kennett Primary School, on the Suffolk border, is the smallest school in our Trust with 95 pupils in an idyllic rural setting. 'Pupils show a strong sense of community. They work well together and support each other when learning and at play.'

 

Both The Shade and The Weatheralls serve the community in north Soham. The Shade was opened in September 2013 with a busy pre-school and classes R to Year 3. It will expand to take Year 4 in September 2017 and this summer we open the new wing which will enable us to grow to two-form entry in the next phase.

 

'The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. There is a very positive atmosphere and pupils respond very well to the activities it provides. Pupils say that everyone is friendly and they feel valued as individuals, they were happy to declare, ‘We love everything in school’.'

 

The Weatheralls is a large, vibrant primary school which joined the Trust in February 2017.

  
'Working together, we are able to develop curriculum and learning habits which are of lasting value.'
 

 About our pupils

‘At Soham Village College the strong relationships between pupils and teachers are a common feature in lessons.‘

'At The Shade the behaviour of pupils is outstanding. The academy has a very positive atmosphere and pupils respond very well to the activities it provides. Pupils say that everyone is friendly and they feel valued as individuals, they were happy to declare, ‘We love everything in school.’

 
'At The Weatheralls, pupils behave well and often in an exemplary manner in lessons and around the school, for example, during and after playtimes or when leaving the hall. They get on well with their teachers and other staff, and are polite and respectful to adults and to each other. Pupils are confident speakers and express their views clearly, particularly when talking about their work. We work well together because we share a moral purpose. We know that what we do makes a positive difference to the lives and life chances of the young people in our care.'  
 
'We work well together because we share a moral purpose.'
'We know that what we do makes a positive difference to the lives and life chances of the young people in our care.'
 

Professional learning opportunities

The Staploe Education Trust has a strong network for NQTs and RQTs who are well supported to be the best teacher they can possibly be.

'Newly qualified teachers speak effusively about the support they receive and are grateful that they are being pushed to be the best teacher they can be.’

‘There are good opportunities for staff to develop professionally. Staff are highly positive about the training they receive.'

The Trust provides vibrant professional development within and across its schools; all our staff benefit from professional learning programmes based on their needs and interests at every stage of their career.

  • Our teachers get involved in our monthly ‘teachmeet’ which regularly brings together teachers from local schools to present ideas and to share thinking.
  • Develop teaching and curriculum by working with colleagues from other local schools.
  • Be trained to coach other teachers: improve your own teaching as well as that of your colleagues.
  • All new staff are paired with a mentor/buddy to ensure that transition to our team is smooth and effective.
  • We recognise that CPD is vitally important in supporting and developing our greatest asset; our staff. We operate a differentiated CPD programme with pathways to suit all career stages and responsibilities. The opportunities we can offer are highly valued by staff and recognised as best practice beyond our schools.

All quotes in italics are from the latest Ofsted Inspection Reports

Career progression without relocation

When you are ready to progress your career, we hope you will be able to do that without needing to relocate. For those wanting to take on leadership responsibilities, opportunities in the Trust abound.
  • Every year we offer small- scale curriculum leadership roles; ‘pedagogy leader’ roles for those fascinated by the craft of teaching, and the chance to mentor trainees or newly qualified teachers across our schools.
  • The majority of our school leaders have been promoted internally.
  • We provide bursaries for colleagues interested in pursuing a higher degree or other relevant professional qualifications.
 
For some teachers, the change they seek is simply a change of setting, to a different key stage or the chance to work in a much smaller, or larger school.

We even have some colleagues who work very successfully across both primary and secondary phases. The Trust will always seek to find the right role for you in one of its schools.

We are in our fourth year of Research Lesson Study and now have the opportunity to engage cross-phase collaborative planning and team-teaching. Secondary and primary colleagues working together on a range of pressing issues such as assessment, transition and resilience has proved hugely beneficial to all participants and of great benefit to teachers at any stage in their career.

 
 Soham Village College  Kennett Primary School The Shade Primary School 
Soham Village College   Kennett Primary School The Shade Primary School  The Weatheralls Primary School