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 three 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
You can find company information and key documents for the Trust (including details of our Members, Trustees, Academies, Articles, Scheme of Delegation, Accounts and Master Funding Agreement) on the Q1E website.
The impact of being an academy, and being part of a multi academy trust (MAT)
Belleville became an academy in 2011. We made few changes to the operation of Belleville as a result - we didn't want our children to notice any change in their day to day provision. We kept the same school name and uniform. However, our governance arrangements are different to that of a maintained school. Instead of a governing body for the school, there is a local governing body for Belleville and a Board of Trustees for the trust as a whole. The Board delegates responsibilities to the local governing body.
There are many advantages to working as a group of primary schools. 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. The government is now strongly encouraging schools to work together in formal partnerships. The main driver for us to become a MAT was 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).
There is more about MAT academies on the DfE website at www.education.gov.uk/academies.