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FAQs

Your School. Only More So.

All questions about joining the trust and being a part of our family

What is an Academy?

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An Academy is an independent state school funded directly by the DfE.

What are the advantages of joining a MAT?

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There are many, but they include: economies of scale - this means more resources in the classroom and greater freedom for Headteachers to spend money according to the best interests of the pupils. Sharing best practice across the MAT drives up standards, and Continuous Professional Development and career opportunities for staff are much enhanced.

Who are The Primary First Trust and how did they become a sponsoring MAT?

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Established over 6 years ago, The PFT has 10 schools across Bexley, Gravesham and Medway and a very strong track record of school improvement.

Will The Primary First Trust Insist on Our School Employing Unqualified Teachers?

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No. We don’t employ unqualified teachers in any of our schools.

Will the Trust ‘Off-Roll’ Pupils to Improve its Exam Results?

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No. The Trust believes in inclusion in the fullest sense.

How Accountable will the Primary First Trust be to parents in the Academy System?

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In short, very! School performance is directly monitored by the Regional Schools Commissioner’s office and we have a strong parent and community engagement programme to ensure that the parent voice is properly heard and acted upon. The school also retains a Local Governing Body.

Academies don’t get any more money – how can they be better?

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Central procurement of services and economies of scale generate efficiencies that are ploughed back into the classroom. In addition, we give Headteachers the freedom to spend money according to their vision for the school. Both serve to reduce bureaucracy and increase impact.

Will the values and ethos of the school change?

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No. We celebrate the individuality of the schools in our Trust. Our aim is simply to help a school be the best it can be, and to share best practice across the Trust so that we all improve together.

What changes will parents see to the school?

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Much of The PFT’s work with the school will be behind the scenes. Parents and children are unlikely to see any physical changes; we will not change the name of the school, the uniform, the times of the school day or the dates of school terms. The school will continue to offer before and after school clubs and all their other activities for the children.

If we join the Trust will our ethos change?

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No. Absolutely not. We want to create the conditions for your school to truly maximise its potential. It will remain your school. Only more so.

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People

We have very talented people who work at The Primary First Trust. We'd love to hear from you.

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Strategic Plan

The Primary First has a clear vision for its schools and an overall Strategic Plan that provides strong direction and intense focus.

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Governance

Our approach to governance is straightforward. Our Governors give us so much - invaluable experience, relatable professional expertise and time.

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Key Documents

Now the statutory bit.

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Vision and Values

The Primary First Trust. Visionary leaders in Primary Education.

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About Us

Welcome to Primary First, a Trust that truly celebrates and nurtures the diversity and distinctiveness of its partner schools.

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Portfolio

We believe in the power of culture to drive performance. Get the culture right and the work tends to take care of itself.

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Portfolio

We believe in the power of culture to drive performance. Get the culture right and the work tends to take care of itself.

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School Development

Whole School. Whole Child.

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Leadership

Our innovative approach to education leadership is rooted in a simple belief: We grow stronger by working together. We are a schools Group - and not just a group of schools.

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Why choose Primary First?

The Primary First Trust holds itself and its primary-based learning solutions to the highest of standards. We work directly with schools to implement our mutually supportive framework.

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Primary First Education

At Primary First, it's a non-negotiable that for a school to become truly successful in the community they serve, they must retain, enhance and develop their own unique character and ethos.

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IT

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Wellbeing

With the wellbeing and IT specialisms of our schools both nationally and internationally recognised, we are proud to offer a range of consultancy services to schools and trusts beyond Primary First.

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CPD

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Performance

We have an excellent track record of developing and improving primary schools. Since joining us and becoming academies, all our schools have attained the ofsted rating of 'Good with Outstanding Features', or above.

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Education

No Tablets of Stone, Freedom to Grow.

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Education

At The Primary First, a school will be successful in the community they serve, they must retain, enhance, and develop their own unique character and ethos.

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How to Join Us

To the Next Level. And Beyond

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How to Join Primary First

Joining a Multi-Academy Trust can seen a big step. Dauting even. It needn't be. Our role is to make the process simple, clear and transparent.

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Why Choose Us?

The Primary First Trust holds itself and it's primary-based learning solutions to the highest of standards.

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Headteachers

To be a Headteacher is to take on one of the most demanding leadership roles in the modern world today.

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Associates

The Primary First Trust identifies talented practitioners, known as Associates, to share best practice across the Trust.

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Teachers

Education is simply unrivalled as a force for good in the social, emotional, cultural and economic health of a nation.

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Development

Whole School. Whole Child.

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Connect With Us

If you have any questions, we'd be delighted to help. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Vision and Ethos

Happy Culture. Great Results

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Partners

Getting Stronger Together.

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Values

Shared Values. It's how we work.

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Trustees

Quality. Assurance & Accountability.

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Please don't hesitate to get in contact here, or check out our frequently asked questions page

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The Primary First Trust Limited is a company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England and Wales number 08738750 and an Exempt Charity

Registered Address: The White House, Clifton Marine Parade, Gravesend DA11 0DY

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