Our school is overseen by the Quality First Education Trust, a primary multi academy trust (MAT) which was created by Belleville and which currently oversees two other schools.
A MAT is a single entity which has responsibility for a number of schools. This is a formal partnership arrangement which is increasingly encouraged by the government. The MAT is accountable for the performance and governance of each school in the group. The schools will receive most of their funding through the MAT, and all staff across the schools are employed by the MAT.
Details of the Quality First Education Trust
Registered company number: 07768645
Registered address: Belleville Primary School, Belleville Road, London SW11 6PR
Trust Members: Kate Amis, Julian Coningham, Brian Ledbetter
Trustees: Julian Coningham (chair), Rachael Dupont, John Grove (executive head), Brian Ledbetter, Geoff Morris, Karen Parkinson, Liz Stoyel
Company Secretary: Aderemi Shodipe
Key documents and links
Our company information at Companies House
Our original signed Memorandum of Association
Our Articles of Association
Our Annual Report and our Academy Funding Agreement can be found on our Financial Information page
The schools in our Trust
Belleville became an academy in 2011 and an accredited Academy Sponsor in 2013. In November 2016, Belleville was selected by the Department for Education to sponsor Wix Primary School in Battersea. In preparation for this development, Belleville became a multi-academy trust (MAT) with the new name of Quality First Education Trust. Our new name reflects our strong belief in high quality teaching.
There are currently three other schools in the trust. Belleville Wix Academy in Battersea and The Alton Primary School in Roehampton joined the trust on 1st August 2017. Churchfields Primary School in Beckenham joined us on 1st November 2017.
The impact of forming a MAT
We think there will be many advantages to working as a group and that we will be able to have a positive impact on the lives of the children we serve. As a Teaching School, National Support School and more recently a Maths Hub, Belleville has a long history of working with others, including supporting many schools to improve.
We do not intend to change anything about the operation of Belleville as a result of converting to a MAT. The children should not notice any change in their day to day provision. There will be no change to Belleville's school name or uniform. However, our governance arrangements will be different. Instead of a governing body for Belleville, there will be a Board of Trustees for the MAT as a whole. The Board will then delegate responsibilities to local governing bodies for Belleville, Wix and the other schools.
The government is strongly encouraging schools to work together in formal partnerships. The main driver for us is to work with other like-minded schools to achieve the best outcomes for children. Generally acknowledged benefits of creating a MAT include:
- sharing expertise and ideas, to reduce isolation and develop skills
- more career opportunities for talented staff, improving recruitment, retention and succession
- more challenge and rigour enabled by the formal partnership structure
- more flexible deployment of staff and resources, to meet the needs of different schools
- potential financial savings (e.g. through bulk purchasing, shared services and increased efficiency).
As a MAT, the central Board of Trustees will be accountable for any other academies that join the MAT, not just Belleville. This means increased responsibility. However, as the Trust expands, the Trustees will ensure that careful decisions are taken to ensure that the right governance structure and systems are in place to successfully operate more than one academy.
There is more about MAT academies on the DfE website at www.education.gov.uk/academies.