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Academy Status

Chaulden Junior School converted to an academy under the sponsorship of Spiral Academies Trust on the 1st May 2013.



Spiral Academies Trust is a new multi-academy trust being created by Mandeville Primary School.  The Trust will be established on Jan 1st 2013 and aims to create

Excellent teaching and learning; always and everywhere.

In October 2012 the Department for Education approved Mandeville Primary School to be an academy sponsor, this was based on their excellent track record of providing high quality provision for pupils and their record of supporting school improvement in other schools as National Support School (NSS). Pupils at Mandeville School make excellent progress, "value added" (VA) is the measure of children's progress in Keystage 2, VA progress at Mandeville this year was 101.1, putting the school in the top 15% of all schools nationally.


Chaulden Junior School

Ofsted inspected Chaulden Junior School in September 2012 and decided that it required special measures. Schools which are judged to require special measures are required by The Department for Education DfE to become academies and be sponsored by a successful academy trust. The Government believes that this is a key part of the strategy to bring about school improvement.


Spiral Academies Trust

The Directors of Spiral Academy Trust believe every child is entitled to a good education in a good school, sponsoring Chaulden Junior School gives us the opportunity to play a part in delivering this for children beyond our own school. We therefore believe it is the right thing to do.


We believe that by sharing the guiding principles of the Trust which prioritise: progress, inclusion, aspiration, excellence and enjoyment we will be able to provide an excellent education to more pupils. These principles will be teaching and learning focused, underpinned by excellent training and development opportunities. We envisage features of the Trust will include:


The recruitment of ambitious passionate teachers and committed support staff who want to make a difference to children's lives; High quality training, with national and international professional development opportunities; Encouraging staff to gain Masters level qualifications; Good teaching will be complimented by high expectations and system led leadership and organisation; Expertise-led governance will support and challenge individual schools.


Spiral Academies Trust aims to expand to take advantage of the efficiencies and economies of scale that can be achieved by growth but will remain small enough to be people focused.


It is anticipated that over time the Trust will grow to include up to 5 primary schools. As an NSS Mandeville Primary School is well placed to provide support to others schools.  The Trust aims to provide high quality support to secure rapid improvement and establish securely good or outstanding schools across the Trust.  Chaulden Junior School has been identified as the first school for sponsorship by the Trust.  Currently in Special Measures the school has had a high level of support from Mandeville and is making good progress.


Spiral Academies Trust will be led by a Board of directors. The board has appointed an Executive Head will work closely with the individual headteachers of the schools within the Trust to provide high levels of support, challenge, training and professional development.  Reducing bureaucracy within the Trust will allow Headteachers to focus on the core values of teaching and learning.


Each school will have a Governing Body, who will report to the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors will have overall responsibility for the performance and strategic direction of the Trust.


Key Roles within the Trust (from January 2013)



  • Executive Head: Amanda Godfrey
  • Headteacher of Mandeville Primary School: Cathy Longhurst
  • Headteacher of Chaulden Junior School: To be appointed


Spiral Academies Trust Board of Directors

  • Professor Andrew Mayo (specialist area; business and organisation)
  • Rosemary Harrington-Lynn (specialist area; Chair of Governors Mandeville Primary School)
  • Hannah Laming (specialist area; law)
  • Kathryn Burton (specialist area; finance)
  • Carole Connelly (specialist area; education & community)
  • Amanda Godfrey (specialist area; education & school improvement)


More details about the organisation of academies is available on The Mandeville Primary School website; and on the DfE website.