Communication from Madeline Russell, Chairman, Stratton Education Trust.

Dear Parents and Carers

Since transferring Gamlingay Village College from Stratton Education Trust to Cam Academy Trust, Trustees have been considering the way forward since a single school academy is no longer viable in the current funding climate, as the difficulties we currently face show. The Ofsted Requires Improvement judgement also indicated that our capacity to improve as a single school operating on our own is limited.

We concluded that joining another multi-academy trust is the way forward as it will allow us to access better resources, support from other schools and improved professional development opportunities for our staff to ensure the best possible education for our students.

Having considered various multi-academy trusts, Trustees wish to join Cambridge Meridian Academy Trust, the Trust that has been supporting Biggleswade Academy since their principal left last summer and so is already familiar with our town. CMAT has a strong track record working with schools to improve their own standards and achievement. In 2017, CMAT was ranked as the fifth best performing multi-academy trust for Key Stage 4 (GCSE) in the Department for Education’s league tables.

We feel that CMAT is the right fit for us as the Trust was founded with a simple and clear vision and values that align with our own. CMAT aims to provide, support and champion high-quality education at the heart of local communities. Schools in the CMAT family are united in their aim to bring together their students, families and other local stakeholders to share experience and resources, to improve standards and to maximise their contribution to the wider community. To find out more about CMAT, see The Parents’ Forum on Wednesday, 27th at 6.30pm will give an opportunity to discuss this although things are still at a very early stage.

There is now a formal, legal process to go through and permission has to be sought from the Regional Schools’ Commissioner, who is encouraging us to undertake this work. There is much to do but we are hoping that everything will be in place for Stratton Upper School to become part of CMAT this September, 2019. In reaching the conclusion that we need to join a larger MAT with a track record of success, we have done so in the long-term interests of the school and our students and we hope to gain the RSC’s approval.
In another development, Trustees have recently been discussing with Central Bedfordshire Council becoming an 11 – 18 school as part of the growth and development of Biggleswade. If we join CMAT, it will be their role to take this forward.

Whilst work will proceed behind the scenes, it is business as usual in school. Our commitment remains to support the Headteacher and staff in obtaining the best outcomes for all of our students. We will keep you updated over the coming weeks and, if you would like to contact us, you are welcome to do so via either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yours sincerely


Madeline Russell
Stratton Education Trust