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Mid Essex Anglican Academy Trust



In 2013, Shenfield St Mary's Church of England Primary School converted to an academy and became a part of the Mid Essex Anglican Academy Trust. Mountnessing Church of England Primary School joined the trust in May 2018.  


The Trust aims to provide a safe, secure and caring Christian environment, where every individual is an accepted and respected member of the school community. The children experience a wide ranging, thematic, creative curriculum, learn to the highest standard and have fun too.


There is a shared commitment to effective teaching and learning based on a well-planned and structured curriculum, underpinned by effective assessment. Children should become independent learners within well-organised primary classrooms and learning should be purposeful, matched to developing individual pupil abilities.


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.


The Trust has a long term vision of being four schools working together in partnership, with at least three schools being Church of England Primary Schools. At least two of the schools would be leading school improvement, one school having become a converter academy, with no more than two sponsored schools in the trust.


Mrs S E Taggart

Executive Head Teacher




Mid Essex Anglican Academy Trust

Hall Lane


CM15 9AL


Telephone Number:

01277 221249


Email Address:


The Structure of the Mid Essex Anglican Academy Trust

What will be delegated?


The trust board considers the vision and aims of the trust and its academies, as well as strategy and policy to deliver its key objectives.  It has ultimate responsibility for all budgets, salaries and safeguarding.


Apart from ensuring good governance, the trust board’s primary objectives are to develop the trust, to assist the executive in delivering the best possible outcomes for all pupils and to hold the executive to account for the ways in which this is carried out.  It does this through the local academy boards (known as local boards within day to day running).


The local academy boards are be responsible for the day-to-day management and governance of the academies under their jurisdiction.  The majority of leadership and management will be delegated to the head teachers of each academy, in line with the scheme of delegation.  A trustee representative will be a member of each local academy board to ensure effective and coherent governance.  Governors will submit reports following their visits for consideration by each local academy board.



The members will include a representative of the Chelmsford Diocese, the chair of the trust board and representatives of the community.



The CEO is the head teacher of Shenfield St Mary’s CE Primary school, the founder school.  The directors will include a member of each board.  The chair of the trust board will be nominated by the board on an annual basis.  Directors will have specific roles across the trust, overseeing that specific area, for example personnel related matters.



In addition to the boards, two committees consider issues across the whole trust – the pay committee and the finance, audit and risk committee.  The committees are made up of governors from all of the academy boards, together with academy head teachers.  Teaching and learning is the responsibility of the trust board.