Templer Academy Schools Trust

The Mission

“The schools that belong to the Templer Academy Schools Trust are passionate about the value of education and the difference that it can make for all young people:

  • We aim to provide outstanding educational opportunities, teaching and pastoral care for young people from 0 to 19 in our community, and to raise their aspirations
  • We want our young people to enjoy learning to the best of their ability, to be collaborative, creative and imaginative and to realise their individual potential
  • Our aim is to develop successful, confident and responsible students, well prepared for further education and fulfilling adult lives”

Background

Templer Academy Schools Trust (or “TAST”) is a “Multi Academy Trust” established in 2011. Although it is called a “Trust” it is actually a charitable company limited by guarantee governed by a Funding Agreement with the Department for Education and also by its Articles of Association. TAST is publicly funded but independent of local authority control. It is subject to the laws regulating companies and charities as well as the Department for Education guidance applying to academy trusts. It is also subject to Ofsted inspections.

The Trust is named after the Templer family whose fortune was made in the 18th century from developing the naval dockyards at Chatham, Portsmouth and Devonport. They built the Stover Canal, Haytor Granite Tramway and Stover House outside Newton Abbot, where they resided.

The Vision

The Vision for TAST is that academies within the Trust work together in a closer, formal and collective partnership that benefits all the young people in the communities that it serves, namely the learning communities of Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton/Teign Valley. By restricting its geographical scope the Trust is able to understand and address local educational issues more readily and respond to local needs.

Each academy retains its own individuality and has its own Local Governing Body. By working together the academies within TAST benefit from:

  • A support network of like-minded colleagues who believe in taking responsibility for the outcomes of children from age 0 to 19 within Newton Abbot, Kingsteignton and the Teign Valley
  • Cost efficiencies that can be realised through joint procurement, back-office support, sharing teaching expertise and CPD opportunities and economies of scale and efficiency
  • Students who will be supported because of the closer working relationships between primary and secondary schools regardless of where a child attends a school
  • Staff who benefit from the increased opportunities to share best practice at a primary and secondary level and across phases. These opportunities also provide an incentive to new staff to join one of the academies within the Trust. There are opportunities for the sharing of staff both within and across phases
  • The formalised nature of the Trust means that the arrangement is future-proofed and not dependent upon individual personalities in post