An introduction from the Chairman of Trustees, Henry Massey
There is no doubt that these are exciting times to be at the forefront of changes to the educational landscape in the UK. The Cornerstone Academy Trust provides a rich offering to children, and their families, who live on this edge of Exeter in East Devon.
Our governance structure is headed by a group of Members who hold the Trust to account, ensuring legal compliance and both academic and financial performance. We recruit and train Trustees to the Board who have strong relevant experience and competence – from finance, education, business and human resources – and each individual school within the Trust has its own local advisory board, including parent representation. This allows us to achieve and maintain the highest standards of governance, whilst still ensuring that each school can meet the needs of its local community.
Our high-quality, strong, resilient and flexible teaching workforce provides great progress and achievement for the children, a highly-inclusive environment for all needs and a very broad curriculum which includes diverse opportunities that range from climbing and sailing to the creative arts, performance and music.
We have an exemplary track record that started with Broadclyst Community Primary School, which became one of the first Academies in 2010. Based on its success, we established the Cornerstone Teaching School in 2015, and have now formed a Multi-Academy Trust; Westclyst Community Primary School opened in 2016.
On the 1 January 2019 Yeo Valley Primary School, Barnstaple, became part of the Cornerstone Academy. As a result of the sponsorship by TCAT there has been considerable investment in improving the school’s facilities, through refurbishment and new resources to raise standards in teaching and learning. We also look forward to opening a new primary school in Monkerton, which is planned for 2020.
We are proud of our national and international reputation for the innovative use of digital technology to support learning; an expertise we share with other teachers and schools through the Teaching School and our specialist staff. We have also developed crucial strategic partnerships, with companies including Microsoft, Babcock, GL Assessments and the British Council, that help us to further develop and share knowledge widely.