Multi Academy Trust

The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust

We are delighted that our Multi-Academy Trust, Aquila, has recently been incorporated and look forward to the first member schools joining shortly. What we hope to achieve through this Trust is best expressed through its Vision Statement:

We aim to promote distinctive, inclusive communities of learning that seek to be underpinned by Christian values sourced in the Gospel narrative, enriching the whole educational experience. We aspire to excellence; to secure the best possible outcomes for children and young people, enabling them to fulfil their potential and make a worthwhile contribution to our diverse, dynamic society.

The Trust brings schools (and therefore children, staff and governors) into a deeper relationship with the Diocese, across all spheres of our mission and ministry. To achieve our vision we will balance autonomy with expectation, supporting schools in:

  • striving towards ambitious and challenging goals, specifically an inspection judgement of good or outstanding for both OfSTED and SIAMS (church schools)
  • serving children and young people in ways that relate to their humanity in all its fullness, equipping them in asking questions in a complex world, encouraging openmindedness and an exploration of truth
  • acknowledging and confronting their responsibility to safeguard the vulnerable and reaching out to those marginalised by society
  • determining provision that stems from Christian principles
  • modelling healthy, holistic relationships
  • appointing and equipping determined, high quality staff
  • nurturing teachers and school leaders, mindful of their vocation and well‐being
  • encouraging the dissemination of good practice and promoting mutual accountability
  • enhancing learning and teaching by engaging in collaborative pedagogical projects, action research and professional development
  • engaging in partnerships that operate for the benefit of the whole community
  • demonstrating focused, effective local governance

Please read the supporting documents for further information, or contact Quentin Roper (Diocesan Director of Education)