Coombe Academy Trust is a well-established, respected multi academy trust (MAT) which comprises three Nursery and Primary Schools, two Secondary Schools and a joint Sixth Form, with over 3450 children and young people. In addition, within our schools we have five Specialist Resource Provisions from nursery through to Key Stage Four for pupils with Autism, severe learning difficulties, moderate learning difficulties, hearing loss and speech and language and communication needs.
Coombe Trust has a balance of academies at different starting points in their journey of improvement, therefore creating effective capacity for sponsorship. We ensure that we have high performing academies in primary and secondary phases as part of our family and that all schools are on the journey to high performance. We work as one entity to improve and maintain a high standard across the Trust. As a Trust we are seeking to expand the areas that we support. We are well placed to support any phase of education from Nursery through to Sixth Form, including settings providing SEND support. Full details can be seen within our Growth Strategy.
The Coombe Academy Trust was founded in 2012 from the federation of Coombe Boys’ School (Good with Outstanding leadership) and Coombe Girls’ School (Outstanding).The newly formed Multi-Academy Trust built on an already very strong partnership between the two schools’ leadership teams. As a Sponsor, Knollmead Primary School joined the Trust in April 2014 (now Good with Outstanding features), Green Lane Primary & Nursery School in September 2018 and Robin Hood Primary & Nursery School in September 2019. Both the new schools are awaiting their first inspection as a Trust School.
The Coombe Academy Trust is proud to have a total of 5 Specialist Resource Provisions (SRPs), two have been opened in the last two years. The SRPs are integral to the Coombe Academy Trust community and each SRP has specialist staff who deliver high quality teaching and provision to children with identified needs.Inclusion is a key driver behind our vision and is supported by our CEO, an experienced Special Educational Needs leader.
Inclusion is a key driver behind our Preparing you for a world of opportunity vision and is supported by our CEO, an experienced Special Educational Needs leader.
Coombe Trust Schools benefit from a collaborative advantage; they have a strong history of mutual support and reciprocity. Trust curricula are built around common principles of Strong Foundations, Aspirations for all, Broad and Balanced, Enriched Experiences and Challenge and Depth. Leaders and practitioners from across Trust schools work together through an evidenced based approach across a range of trust research groups. This year the curriculum research groups are focusing on Oracy skills and feedback.
The CEO is experienced in working in School-to-School support (including schools identified as Inadequate and Requiring Improvement at primary level and Requiring Improvement at secondary levels). Previously opened a new build primary school, achieving Outstanding in its first inspection. Experienced in working in areas of 40-65% Pupil Premium; previously tutored on the SENDco accreditation course; worked as a Whole School SEND lead, including providing support to some Local Authorities. The CEO is chair of the Schools Forum High Needs group and a member of Wandle Teaching School Hub Partnership and Strategic Board.
An experienced secondary Headteacher, Senior School Improvement Partner across two local authorities and a recently trained Ofsted inspector. Previously, has delivered post-graduate M Ed modules as a visiting lecturer for a London University and currently facilitates the NPQH for The Wandle TS Hub. The Director of Education is currently a member of the governance group at Leadership Colab IoE, UCL and a member of the ITT Strategic Board at Kingston University. Our Director of Education works full time in school improvement.
An experienced SENDco in the primary and secondary phase and a Qualified Teacher of the deaf with previous experience at LA level. Supports all Trust Schools in developing their inclusive provision.
Headteachers and Senior Leaders across the Trust work collaboratively with the Wandle Teaching School Hub in the delivery of both the NPQH and NPQSLs, in addition to having representation on a number of strategic groups within the Teaching School hub.
The increasing alignment of our curriculum has led all of our schools to engage with the Mathematics Mastery approach and work within the Mathematics Hubs, with one Mathematics Leader within the Trust working as an NCETM Accredited Professional Development Lead.
Under the leadership of our Director of Education, all schools receive a collaborative School Effectiveness Review using a range of specialist staff from across the Trust. These reviews are used as a catalyst for the training and team around the school support in the following terms, in addition to developing the expertise and capacity of the practitioners involved. In addition, schools are supported with Trust SEND reviews, DSL supervision and governance support..
Within CAT an increasing number of teachers teach across both the primary and secondary phase. Our Coombe Unity provision ensures that we provide opportunities to work with all primary schools within our Cluster areas.
Operations Support - admissions, compliance, marketing, websites, procurement and data protection
Human Resource (HR) Team led by our Director of HR - including supporting non CAT schools
IT Services Team led by our Director of IT
Health and Safety and Premises led by our Director of Estates
Finance Support Team led by our Director of Finance