The Heartwood Trust
Newton Regis is a member of the Birmingham Diocesan Multi Academy Trust, or BDMAT for short and we joined them on the 1st September 2019. A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is a government-funded independent family of schools that provides a very high standard of free education in the community, tailored specifically to the educational needs of local children of all learning abilities including special needs.MATs receive their funding from the Department for Education rather than through a local authority. This means they have much more freedom than other state schools over their finances, the curriculum, length of terms and school days and teachers' pay and conditions. Academies are charitable companies subject to public standards of accountability. They are governed by their own head teachers, senior leadership teams and governing bodies, selected by a charitable trust which oversees the running of the academy.We have a long standing relationship with the diocese and in joining BDMAT this will only help to support the school in all that it does. Our MAT provides support to leaders/governors and staff through training and CPD. Every term the Headteacher attends standards meetings and is accountable to the MAT on all areas of data and standards. In addition to this every term we are supported by our School Improvement Partner who works with all leaders and staff on areas identified through our school action plan. Every child in Year 6 has the opportunity to take part in a week long cluster residential visit along with pupils from 2 other Heartwood Trust schools. The children take part in activities such as canoeing, orienteering, abseiling, mountaineering and much more! The opportunity to mix with many of the peers who will make up the cohort as they progress to the Polesworth School helps children feel relaxed and confident when the time comes to make the move from primary school to secondary school.