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What are Academies?

There are two types of Academies - traditional or sponsored academies of which our schools are - and Converter Academies - schools that choose to become Academies without sponsors.
Academies are publicly funded independent schools that aim to provide a first class free education to local pupils of all abilities. Sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups, working with partners from the local community, establish them. Academies usually provide a teaching and learning environment that is line with the best in the maintained sector and offer a broad and balanced curriculum to pupils of all abilities. Academies aim to ensure that every pupil receives an excellent education for all children, including the more able and those that require additional support. Academies play a key part in the regeneration of communities, raising standards through innovative approaches to management, governance, teaching and the curriculum.
Further information about Academies can be obtained from the following website:    


What is the Drapers’ Multi-Academy Trust?

Drapers’ Multi-Academy Trust was founded in 2014. The trust aims to deliver first class education to all the educational institutions they are involved in and create the opportunity for all pupils to succeed. The Drapers’ MAT is supported by The Drapers’ Company and Queen Mary University of London.
All academies that are a part of the MAT are governed by one trust and a single board of directors. The directors are responsible on decisions relating to each academy such as the curriculum and staffing. Drapers’ MAT has taken the decision to create a local governing body for each of its academies.
For further information of Multi-Academy Trusts can be obtained from the following website: