Campfire Education Trust
Established in 2013, originally as Bourton Meadow Education Trust, Campfire academies are a network of non-selective schools with a clear goal: to ensure all pupils, regardless of their background or prior attainment, has access to high quality educational provision. Based in Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, we are a growing Trust focused on serving children within the communities in which they live.
Bourton Meadow Education Trust was born from Bourton Meadow Academy, which is an ‘outstanding’ academy (July 2013), and has recently been renamed Campfire Education Trust in July 2019. The MAT has grown to include George Grenville Academy, Lace Hill Academy, Spring Lane Primary School and Lumbertubs Primary School. We also operate an outstanding School Centred Initial Teacher Training centre.
The Campfire Education Trust is continuing to grow, as the sixth school Moorland Primary School joined in September 2019. At this size, we will be able to achieve our vision of creating a sustainable network of outstanding schools succeeding in closing the achievement gap. We’re growing as quickly as we can but as slowly as necessary to ensure we never compromise on education quality.
Our Vision and Values
The vision of the Campfire Education Trust is that all children in the Buckingham, Northampton & Milton Keynes communities and beyond are provided with outstanding education opportunities so that they all achieve their potential. What underpins our vision is that we want all our children to be:
We want to strengthen our links with schools so that they can help to shape and evolve this vision. We want to keep the best educational professionals within our communities. We want to work with other schools and organisations in our communities to maximise the opportunities for all children who live there.
An underlying principle is to preserve the uniqueness of all our schools with local autonomy where possible whilst demanding excellence at all times. The Trust should aim to deliver economies of scale centrally but delegate as much responsibility to local governing bodies as they know their communities best.
Our Key drivers are:
- Keeping the control of education within our communities
- Sharing expertise, resources, facilities, etc.
- Maintaining consistently high-quality teaching and learning
- A shared ethos and philosophy around keeping children safe
- Developing first class leadership & management, both at senior staff and governance level
- Providing joint training opportunities to help deliver quality teaching and learning across the Trust
- Improved succession planning to ensure our school’s futures
- A positive impact on pupil progress and achievement
Our values are built around key areas we know create a positive environment for children to learn and grow. We call these areas the “steps to success” and they are at the heart of the ethos of the school as it moves forward.
We work side by side with our teaching staff to ensure high-quality teaching and support them with exceptional training and development. To ensure no child is left behind, we have developed data management tools which allow teachers to monitor pupils’ progress and quickly identify when children, or indeed teaching staff, need extra support.
Our Academies are characterised by a respectful and orderly environment, where teachers focus on teaching and pupils on learning. Excellent behaviour is taught, reinforced and recognised throughout all our Academies and poor behaviour is not tolerated. We do not accept excuses and we do not make any either.
Our Academies ensure the Curriculum is exciting and engaging for all Pupils. We prioritise the teaching of English and Mathematics to give our pupils secure foundations on which to build other skills. Specialist teachers for PE, music, ICT and MFL teach across our Academies proving the best quality learning opportunities for the Campfire pupils.
We ensure that every pupil knows and is known well by every adult. We know children do their best when teachers and families work together: we strive to involve families in all aspects of school life. We keep parents well informed of pupils’ targets and progress and work together to understand any challenges children may face at home or at school. Together we aim to create an environment where every pupil feels happy and is able to thrive.
Leading by example
Every Campfire Academy will be led by a strong Headteacher and team who understand what an outstanding Academy looks and feels like. All Academies will be supported at a strategic level by our Executive Headteacher who has a wealth of experience in working with schools to ensure every pupil is getting the best education.