Creativity is the ability to recognise or make new connections between the things we know. Connecting knowledge is at the heart of an effective education. It is vital to improving standards, and it will make young people resourceful and employable in the world of tomorrow.


Leading teachers gather at Weavers
MIddle leaders at Weavers Academy
Mar 2016
The Creative Education Trust’s first annual conference of its...
Shakespeare East and West
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Jan 2016
The CET Day of Performance expanded in 2015 to East and West days of...
Speaking and Writing Well
CET 6th Form Public Speaking Prize finalists with Ekow  Eshun
Dec 2015
The second award of CET sixth-form prizes - one for an essay, the...

Who We Are

The Creative Education Trust is a non-profit educational charity recognised by the Department for Education as one of the leading multi-academy chains. We support a growing network of schools to improve standards and achieve academic success.
Please click to download our Trustees' Report and Financial Statements (FY15 and FY14), Trustees' Register of Interests FY15, Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association, Master Funding Agreement 2013, and Value for Money Statement 2014.

The Creative Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee.  Registered in England and Wales no 7617529.Registered Office: 45 Church Street, Birmingham, B3 2RT

Join Us

The CET schools network currently consists of eight secondary academies and four primary academies across the Midlands and East Norfolk. We are in the forefront nationally of improvement in academic standards, in curricular innovation and staff development. We plan to expand the number of academies in the network to around twenty over the next two years.

This scale will allow our schools to collaborate even more effectively and to work together to develop imaginative new ways of delivering education, whilst preserving the ‘bespoke’ approach that we currently offer. Our aim is to develop a network of like-minded and ambitious schools that includes sponsored academies, converter academies and teaching schools.

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Our schools can rely on the proven experience of our Head Office team in educational improvement and innovative curriculum development for both primary and secondary phases. We also support on organisational strategy and leadership, financial planning, controls and audit, as well as value-for-money procurement, estates management, and best practise in HR and CPD.

In addition, we advise on marketing & communications and fundraising, as well as providing access to expertise in developing co-curricular activities such as sport, music, drama, debating and community service.

CET educational improvement programmes, aimed at helping you to raise standards, are tailored to the particular need of each school. Our capacity and resources are among the best of their kind in the academies sector, while the Design Programme, aimed at developing thinking, skills and knowledge for employability in the contemporary world of work, is unique in UK education.

All schools joining us are participants in our network wide, cloud-based ICT platform providing cross-group networking, information databases and teaching resources, as well as financial and management tools.

Within the growing CET schools network there are also many opportunities to share best practice in education and management with experienced colleagues and distinguished experts, whether through the Principals’ Forum, our regular subject area development days or through secondments. There are regular opportunities for students to engage in collaborative and competitive activities across the network.

We are particularly interested in hearing from schools in industrial towns and cities that are considering becoming academies, or are already academies but want to explore the benefits of joining a network.

We welcome approaches from primary and secondary schools, and can provide proven expertise and developmental resources in both phases. We also provide financial and operational guidance to ensure the future academy can deploy its resources effectively and sustainably in support of its educational mission.

Our project team has extensive experience in the academy conversion process and will ensure that governors and school leaders are fully supported through all the formalities so that disruption to the day-to-day running of your school is kept to a minimum.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about joining CET schools or would like to arrange a visit by us to your school, please contact our Chief Executive, Marc Jordan, on 020 7378 5761 or

Senior Science Technician - Abbeyfield School, Northamptonshire

Abbeyfield School are looking to appoint a Senior Science Technician to join our busy science team. The Senior Science Technician will be expected to organise, deliver and develop technical services to the Science Department of the school in order to support the teaching of a range of science subjects. In addition the post-holder will supervise other science technicians, giving advice, setting standards and ensuring that these are maintained. Typical daily responsibilities will include material preparation for projects within the department, setting up classrooms for practical lessons, replenishing stock, maintaining departmental IT equipment and keeping a record of health and safety requirements.

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Applications by Tuesday 17 May 2016

Teacher of Computer Science & IT (PT 0.5) - Thistley Hough Academy, Stoke-on-Trent

Thistley Hough are looking to appoint an exceptional teacher of Computing and IT (PT 0.5), who is committed to raising standards through innovative and creative practice. Applications are encouraged from ambitious teachers who share our vision. We actively recruit only the highest calibre staff and are committed to developing our staff and as a result, a large proportion of Thistley Hough staff have achieved promotion to middle and senior leadership positions.

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Applications by 12pm Wednesday 18 May 2016

Teacher of Music - Weavers Academy, Wellingborough

Weavers Academy are looking for a Teacher of Music to join their Creative Arts department. The successful candidate will join a supportive and committed staff that has a vision to strive for
success, whilst focusing on learning. We have a growing reputation in the local area as a caring school with high expectations of behaviour and attendance.

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Applications by 12pm Thursday 19 May 2016

Teacher of Geography - Weavers Academy, Wellingborough

Weavers Academy are looking for a Teacher of Geography to join their Humanities department. The successful candidate will join a supportive and committed staff that has a vision to strive for success, whilst focusing on learning. We have a growing reputation in the local area as a caring school with high expectations of behaviour and attendance.

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Applications by 12pm Thursday 19 May 2016

Teacher of Science - Weavers Academy, Wellingborough

Weavers Academy are looking for a Teacher of Science to join the department. The successful candidate will join a supportive and committed staff that has a vision to strive for success, whilst focusing on learning. We have a growing reputation in the local area as a caring school with high expectations of behaviour and attendance.

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Applications by 12pm Thursday 19 May 2016

Teacher of Business Studies & ICT - Weavers Academy, Wellingborough

Weavers Academy are looking to appoint a Teacher of Business Studies & ICT. The successful candidate will join a supportive and committed staff that have a vision to strive for success, whilst focusing on learning.

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Applications by 12pm Thursday 19 May 2016


The Creative Education Trust’s vision of a liberal education is informed by the concepts of structure, pattern, meaning, performance, human interaction and practical making/doing. Drawn from the world of design, architecture and engineering which inspired the founders of the Creative Education Trust, these concepts underpin curriculum content, teaching practice, student demeanour, organisational management and business/community relations.

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  • Improvement
  • Design
  • Staff Development
  • Enrichment
As part of an academy Trust, CET schools are able to design a curriculum which is appropriate to the needs of their own students. CET works with schools to enhance students’ experiences, achieve curricular objectives, improve educational outcomes and ensure value for money. Pupil-teacher ratios, average class sizes and contact ratios are all analysed to inform development.

The content, breadth and balance of the curriculum at all Key Stages and in all year groups is regularly reviewed to inform planning and ensure the academy is responsive to changing needs.

The Design Programme is the central feature of CET schools’ curriculum. This unique and innovative syllabus integrates and supports academic work in the core subjects of English, maths and science and across the wider curriculum by encouraging students to think rigorously about concepts such as structure, pattern and meaning in the man-made world around us.

Maintaining and supporting a culture of continuous improvement in educational outcomes for all the students in its care is the central theme of CET’s approach. School leaders and Governing bodies are supported and challenged in equal measure to ensure that the whole range of students’ needs are met.

The Director of Education, Philip Cantwell, agrees with each school on a regular and frequent basis the precise support that the team of Educational Advisers will provide. Each school is assigned an experienced Education Adviser from our team. Serving or former Heads, often National Leaders in Education, who are all very experienced and highly regarded in areas of school improvement.

The Educational Advisers provide sympathetic, personalised support, acknowledging the pressures and challenges which senior school leaders face. They work rigorously towards improvement, challenging but supporting, using their skills to ensure that development is sustainable.

The development of leadership skills across the school supports the work to improve outcomes. CET’s modular leadership development programme is available to all schools in their first year in the Trust; aimed at senior and middle leaders, but including sessions for all staff where appropriate.

CET also provides support to its schools through the work of subject specific advisers in all curriculum areas and in vital strands such as the provision for SEND students. CET maintains close ties with the DfE and Ofsted at a senior level and as a result can advise on current and forthcoming policy developments that will affect schools.

Preparation for external inspection is supported through the regular visits of the Education Adviser and through the monitoring provided by our team of senior former HMI.

Their regular visits examine and validate the school’s own self-evaluation and assist the academy in presenting its performance data in a clear and positive way. Coaching for the interviews which form part of every Ofsted visit is widely used and developmental “mock” inspections are arranged to assist the school.

CET schools have a curriculum which is creative, imaginative and innovative. Our Design Programme is its central feature. This unique syllabus integrates and supports academic work in core subjects such as English, maths and science and across the wider curriculum by encouraging students to think rigorously about the concepts of structure, pattern, performance, human interaction and meaning in the man-made world around us, as they turn their ideas into real, crafted and manufactured propositions.

Read more about our Key Concepts here.

The Design Programme combines art, design and technology and ICT into a new and exciting subject area. Students learn to approach the general and the theoretical via the particular and material, acquiring skills and understanding that will develop their literacy and numeracy and help them to attain higher grades in core subjects such as English, maths and science.

The progression of skills and understanding in the Design Programme is carefully managed to ensure natural and successful transition to Key Stage 4. At Key Stage 2 we provide guidance on design and making skills and equipment; and design training for primary teachers.

We also supply a range of exemplar schemes of work which take their cue from themes commonly found in primary curricula (such as the Future, Technology, Global Culture and Space Travel). These borrow their logic and rigour from the secondary Design Programme and all lead to a practical design and making challenge.

We regularly develop content for enrichment and special projects in the arts, science or other curriculum areas. CET schools have access to a library of exemplar schemes of work which have been written and tested by designers and teachers. These schemes of work, stretching but enjoyable, are carefully integrated with the skills and understanding

required in the core subjects of English, maths and science.

Students and staff meet top professionals from regional and national creative businesses in design, construction, engineering, architecture, innovative manufacturing, digital media and fashion. They attend regular inspirational events, exhibitions and workshops run with our national partners, such as the Design Museum, London.

CET’s Director of Programmes, Emily Campbell and her team of design specialists support each school to introduce and develop the Design Programme in their own context. Her team, which includes designers,

teachers of design and specialist CPD advisers for art, design and technology visit all of our schools regularly to ensure that the provision remains at the forefront of design education.

Our expectation is that all CET staff share an ambitious vision for our schools and have high expectations for what every student and teacher can achieve.

CET produces a range of CPD events to bring staff of the different academies together to listen to experts, and to share ideas and good practice in everything from the Design Programme to curriculum enrichment and brainstorming the outstanding academy of the future.

CET is committed to enlarging the range and quality of ‘enrichment’ activities in its academies, particularly music, competitive sport, community service, enterprise and debate. The inter-academy programme in which CET schools compete and collaborate is built around three annual enrichment days, a Day of Performance , a Day of Service and a Day of Sports.

The Creative Education Trust gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music Foundation for its forthcoming Year 7 choral and musical theatre project based on young people’s experiences of World War II, We’ll Meet Again.

Abbeyfield is a large mixed comprehensive in south Northampton with a Performing Arts specialism. Governors were attracted to the Trust’s combination of educational rigour and curricular innovation. The new academy opened in October 2012. Recently promoted Principal Claire Morrell and new Chair of Governors Peter Walls are working closely with our education and finance teams to ensure that the academy has a bright future, and Abbeyfield teachers are adopting the Design Programme enthusiastically.

In its first year in the Trust, Abbeyfield achieved a 17% improvement in the proportion of students achieving 5A*-C including English and Maths to 58%.

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Ash Green School in Coventry converted as the third Creative Education Trust Academy in January 2012. Prior to this, the school had moved from special measures to become one of the fastest improving schools in England.

Ash Green is a specialist arts college, and Governors saw the Creative Education Trust as a natural partner to work with them to take the school to even higher levels of excellence as an academy. Under the guidance of the Trust and in response to local demand Ash Green has successfully added a sixth form, the excellence of which has been recognised by Ofsted in its first year of operation.

In 2012-13, Ash Green was judged “Good with outstanding features” by Ofsted and its 5A*-C including English and Maths rose by 17% to 77%.

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Caister Academy is a smaller-than-average 11 to 16 secondary school at the heart of the coastal village of Caister-on-Sea, just north of the seaside town of Great Yarmouth. Some students attend from the northern part of the town and the school also serves surrounding villages.

Led by Michelle Strong and her team, Caister Academy offers a very broad curriculum to meet the needs of each individual child in a strongly supportive environment where every child is known and can be confident that their welfare and achievement are paramount.

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Fair Oak Academy in Rugeley opened in September 2011. Teachers at Fair Oak and sister Creative Education Trust academy Hagley Park have been closely involved in developing schemes of work and lesson plans for the Design Programme. Fair Oak shares the facilities of the Rugeley Sixth Form Academy with Hagley Park.

Under the leadership of Justine Rumsey and her team, Fair Oak is committed to continuing to raise standards of education for the young people of Rugeley. Fair Oak’s 5A*-C including English and Maths rose in 2012-13 by 8% to 63% and the academy was rated “Good” in all categories by Ofsted, which also recognised the the capacity for rapid further improvement. The clear vision and strong sense of direction given to the academy by the Trust was commended.

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Hagley Park Academy opened as a sponsored academy in September 2011 in the former colliery town of Rugeley. The Creative Education Trust’s skills and employability agenda particularly appealed to Governors and Staffordshire County Council because of the fit with plans to encourage new businesses to establish themselves in the town. Hagley Park shares the Rugeley Sixth Form Academy with neighbouring Fair Oak Academy.

The Hagley Park team under Michael Astley is rigorously focused on educational improvement supported by the Trust’s Education Challenge Programme. In the two years it has been part of the Trust, Hagley Park has improved its 5A*-C including English and Maths by 17% to 53% in 2013. We see a bright future for Hagley Park Academy, and this was reflected in its first Ofsted inspection since becoming an academy in which leadership and management were singled out for praise, as well as the expertise and experience brought to bear by the Trust’s staff.

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Harpfield Primary Academy in Stoke-on-Trent was the first primary school to join the Trust as a sponsored academy on 1 May 2013. Working with Headteacher Richard Woollacott and the Leadership team at Harpfield represents an exciting opportunity to develop our curriculum of practical creativity for the primary phase of education and to build on the rapid improvements in outcomes for children that Harpfield has recently enjoyed. In its first year in the Trust, Harpfield achieved a 7% rise in the proportion of students achieving at least level 4 in both English and Maths in their KS2 SATS to 86%.

In addition to supporting the continued success of Harpfield, the Trust will also be helping to strengthen the ties with nearby Thistley Hough Academy.

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Lynn Grove Academy is a large, nine-form entry secondary school of approximately 1100 students aged 11 to 16. It is located in the coastal community of Gorleston-on-Sea, just to the south of Great Yarmouth, and also serves the wider surrounding area. The school is led by Principal Alison Mobbs and her team. Its impressive facilities include a well-equipped sports centre and outdoor tennis courts.

The school’s motto, Fidelitas in Parvis (Taking care of the little things), is borne out by the school’s pride in ensuring the welfare and progress of every child.

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Queen Eleanor Primary Academy in Northampton joined the Trust in September 2013. It is a small primary with a high percentage of pupils from minority ethnic groups for whom English is an additional language. It has recently been judged by Ofsted to have moved from Special Measures to Good, a remarkable achievement, and one on which the Trust will help it to build towards a sustainably excellent future. Queen Eleanor is one of the Abbeyfield cluster primary schools and both leadership teams are planning to work even more closely together within the Trust.

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The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy provides a shared post-16 resource for Hagley Park Academy and Fair Oak Academy. It currently has provision for 310 students from Rugeley and beyond, studying for a wide variety of A-levels and equivalent qualifications. Under the guidance of Jos Ashley, the Rugeley academies’ newly-recruited Head of Sixth Form, RSFA aims to be one of the best and most innovative providers of sixth-form education in the West Midlands, preparing students thoroughly for progression to university, top apprenticeships and other forms of tertiary education.

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Thistley Hough is in the Potteries, where the mass production firms of old are being replaced by smaller, export-led, high-end ceramics firms that require modern creative skills. Although Thistley Hough went into Special Measures in summer 2012, its future looks bright. During the conversion process, the Trust worked closely with the Interim Executive Board and academy Principal Designate Holly Hartley to help devise and support the school’s recovery plan, and to ensure that there were robust strategies to achieve academic excellence when Thistley Hough became a CEAT academy in September 2013.

In 2012-13, Thistley Hough was removed from Special Measures by Ofsted and recorded a 9% rise in its 5A*-C including English and Maths to 43%. In addition, we have brokered a relationship for the academy with Stoke ceramics firm Emma Bridgewater Ltd. as its Creative Business Patron, a scheme which we will be rolling out with different businesses to all our academies in 2013/14.

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Three Peaks joined the Trust on 1 December 2014 as the third primary school in the network. It is a much larger than average-sized primary school formed in 2009 by the amalgamation of an infant and junior school on the same site. The school serves the communities of Wilnecote and Stoneydelph and has continued to grow over the past three years. After a period of under-performance Three Peaks has begun to move forward rapidly under the leadership of its Headteacher Richard Penn-Bourton and Chair of Governors Simon Phipps. By joining the Trust the school will accelerate its progress.

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Weavers is a large mixed comprehensive in Wellingborough which joined the Trust in September 2013. Governors selected CEAT as their preferred academy sponsor because they wanted to work with an organisation that brought challenge, rigour and professionalism to educational improvement, but which also offered access for students to culture, knowledge, skills and innovation relevant to the world they would go into as adults. During the conversion process, Principal Chris Blanch and his team were being advised regularly by one of the Trust’s education team who is an NLE (National Leader of Education). Weavers achieved a 12% rise in its 5A*-C including English and Maths in 2013.

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Woodlands Primary is a large two-form entry school for children of primary age in the village of Bradwell, just to the south of Great Yarmouth. It serves the growing local community and surrounding villages and, as befits its name, occupies a beautiful rural setting surrounded by forest. Led by Headteacher Sheila Mercer and her team, the school also offers the community a nursery for children who will enter Reception at the age of five.

Woodlands works closely with Lynn Grove Academy, which is the secondary school of choice for the majority of Woodlands’ pupils.

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Creative Education Trust schools provide a rigorous and practical education inspired by the principles of creativity, innovation and enterprise. They are a network of schools rooted in their communities and working collaboratively to offer students the best possible education and start in life.

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