Pineham Barns School – Opening September 2017




The Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust

Our Vision

Our schools are founded on the Trust’s key principles of ‘Fun, Creativity and Achievement’.  ‘Fun’ to create happy, confident learners; ‘Creativity’ to provide the very best curriculum experiences; ‘Achievement’ to fulfil each child’s potential and ensure the highest academic outcomes.


With an innovative curriculum that has important principles and values embedded within, we produce happy, creative, high achieving pupils ready to fully embrace and contribute to life and society in Modern Britain.


Our Strategy

To grow our MAT strategically to create a group of high performing primary schools within Northamptonshire.


About Us

The Preston Hedge’s Multi- Academy Trust is a MAT established by a successful school with a drive to work with other schools to provide excellence for all the community.

Our MAT offers a unique opportunity within Northamptonshire to join a partnership grown from the foundations of a school.

The leadership structure within our MAT is fulfilled by practising professionals who have a strong understanding of the opportunities and needs within education today.

Being part of our MAT would mean that your school would be part of a school network, contributing to and receiving the sharing of skills and experience, whilst maintaining the things that make your school a special place to be.

Our MAT has a determination to provide every child with the opportunity to have fun, creativity and achievement throughout their primary school years and we will provide challenge and collaboration opportunities in equal measure.


Who benefits if you join our MAT?

We would value every member of each school community.

Staff could expect the highest possible CPD opportunities; school governance would continue as part of the overall MAT structure; parents would be very much at the heart of every school and most importantly, all children in our MAT would receive an exceptional start.


Future plans and growth of our MAT

We are currently looking to develop our MAT within Northamptonshire. We have completed a bid to open one of the new schools in Northampton and are also looking at free school possibilities. If you are an existing school and would like to join our MAT, it would be a pleasure to meet with you to talk about what we (and you) could offer.

If you wish to contact us about any aspect of our MAT, please initially contact Mrs Claire Clayson via


What it would be like to be a school in our MAT

Joining a MAT can be a big decision and we think it important to understand what we, as a MAT, would be like.

Firstly, it is important to us that every school maintains its individual character and ethos.

The unique aspects of school are what makes each one special.

Our team would have a relentless drive to ensure the very best start for children in your school whilst maintaining its character.


What you would keep as a school in our MAT

Individuality and ethos

School traditions that make you special

Community relationships with partner organisations

School uniform

Choice in reward systems

Environmental features specific to your school


Teaching and learning methodology

Budget – you will report to the MAT, but maintain control of your budget. We will not take a top slice like other providers, rather a charge on services you receive (some mandatory) and we will join together to broker services as a joint enterprise.


What you would adopt as a school in our MAT

Agreed data and target setting points and systems

Our Safe Guarding policies and practices

Key education policies

HR policy and practice including performance management

SEF and evaluation, report and action plan formats and cycles for evaluation


What you would gain as a school in our MAT

Access to an experienced team with a broad range of experience

Access to a National Leader in Education

Termly evaluation visits to help your school to continue to evaluate and develop

Support and challenge to provide an exceptional start for all your pupils

Reduced cost of services you purchase

Experience and support in converting to Academy status from the team who made a conversion in the short time of two months

Comprehensive safe guarding support and advice

A team you can access to develop or enhance teaching methodology or subject development

Experience from Governance at trust level

Increased CPD opportunties to improve staff retention

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27th January 2017

Chinese New Year

Year R, 1 & 4 learning about Chinese New Year

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24th January 2017

Year 1 delivering the post!

Year 1 out in our community.

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24th January 2017

Year 5 Sikhism Celebartion Day

Learning about other faiths in Year 5