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In 2013, Shenfield St Mary's Church of England Primary School converted to an academy and set up the Mid Essex Anglican Academy Trust. The articles of association are set up so that this is a multi-academy trust, as opposed to a single stand-alone academy. As you know, to date, Shenfield St Mary’s remains a single school within the trust. However, with the government expectation that all schools should considering become academies and no schools are allowed to become single academies, the trust will be expanding in the near future. Mountnessing Church of England (VC) Primary School has requested via the Regional Schools Commissioner to join our trust. Mountnessing is a good school and will have equal status within the trust, maintain its own day-to-day leadership and management organisation.


There are many positive outcomes for the school and therefore our pupils. For example:


  • the trust will benefit from economies of scale in areas such as payroll costs, training and staffing costs,; this will increase the resources we can spend on teaching and learning for our children;
  • training and development can cross over the whole trust, sharing expertise, raising standards and keeping up to date with new initiatives;
  • staff retention will improve with the trust being able to plan strategically for future leaders, giving them promotion and celebrating skills (staff retention and headteacher appointment is a significant national issue currently);
  • opportunities could be explored to support initial teacher training, developing ‘home grown’ teachers and apprentices (again a national issue);
  • there could well be good teachers and examples of good practice that St Mary’s can learn from (for example Mountnessing is a Forest School); and
  • accountability will increase with the school being compared to other schools in the trust.


Please following the 'Frequently Asked Questions' link for more detail.  


Mrs S E Taggart

Head Teacher

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