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Every child has just one opportunity for a great education

Kevin Crossley

Kevin Crossley

Chief Education and Operations Officer


Our experience of working with primary, secondary and special schools has led us to know that all schools can be outstanding.

We are building a family of schools who are prepared to truly collaborate. They have a restless zeal to question, change and innovate to ensure that what they provide enables children to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

We want our schools to be the best and for each child to discover the skills, abilities, talents and interests that lie within them.

We hope this website will serve as a good overview of what we offer and leave you wanting to find out more.

Who we are

The Collaborative Academies Trust (CAT) is a growing multi-academy trust for primary, secondary and special schools. The trust itself is sponsored by EdisonLearning. Schools joining the trust connect to a wide family of other schools and partners from the UK, USA, the Middle East and China, all sharing similar core values and a collaborative approach to learning.
CAT provides complete access to EdisonLearning’s unique and innovative resources, approaches, professionals and services. These range from leadership, teaching for learning and curriculum expertise through to full finance, HR and technology support through CAT or a range of partners working with us.

At the heart of CAT are its trustees, who are carefully selected from the member schools, national and local leaders of education and the wider education and business sector. They are the custodians of the vision that CAT shares with its family of schools. They also manage access to the Education Research in Action Foundation to provide funding for support and enrichment activities for teachers and learners across member schools.

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.

- Ryunosuke Satoro

Our Goals

  • To establish a network of outstanding schools with similar values, aspirations and a commitment to succeed for all learners
  • To be a leading light for the collaborative development and innovation of excellent practice for all young people, their families and local communities
  • To enable schools to deliver the best possible outcomes for learners
  • To enable the continuous improvement of the member schools
  • To advocate the interests of member schools and their students in local and national policy and planning
  • To achieve better use of limited funding through efficiencies in the provision and procurement of goods and services
  • To remove the barriers of low aspiration and achievement in all the schools and communities in which we work

Our Mission

We believe every young person deserves the best possible start in life – a world class education aimed at helping the children in CAT schools become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

Our mission is to help every young person in our schools to expand their horizons, and build the confidence, talents, interests, skills and qualifications to succeed as they make their way towards a fulfilling and prosperous adulthood.

Our trust is focused on the development of the whole person – as a learner, as an individual, as a prospective employee and as a fully participating member of society.

We want our schools to be the best and a beacon of outstanding practice looked to by others as an agenda setter for education.

Paul Lincoln
Paul Lincoln
Paul Lincoln
Paul Lincoln
Paul Lincoln
Paul Lincoln

Paul Lincoln
Sue Sigston
Tim Nash
Ian Rawstorne
Megan Stockley
Allan Sigston

Everything we do is focused on helping children become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens in the 21st century
It’s my great privilege to work alongside colleagues, both in and out of schools, who care so passionately about making a difference for young people
We have the highest hopes and expectations of all schools in the Collaborative Academies Trust. We will do all we can to help our schools provide a truly great and rounded education for the children and communities they serve
True collaboration between schools, supported by research, design and a chance to be part of an international family, will help equip children with the skills abilities and talents to thrive in the 21st century
Really believing that every learner can achieve is the beginning of creating all the conditions necessary for them
to do so
I relish the opportunity of working with our family of schools on new ways of developing young people into rounded individuals who are able to take up all the great opportunities that will be on offer in the 21st Century