Sawtry Community College formally became the latest member of the family on the 1st of April, and immediately changed its name to Sawtry Village Academy.  We wanted to ensure that people were aware of the change in status but also to make sure we put the idea of the “village college” back in the name.  Clearly , we could not have two SVCs so SVA won (not to be confused with SWA (Stamford Welland Academy).  Sarah Wilson has also now made the transition from Acting Principal to permanent Principal of the college.

At Easter, we welcomed Lesley Daniel (previously Assistant Principal at Swavesey Village College) back from a year long secondment working for Ofsted.  In this time she has been trained as if she were one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors as part of a project to transfer the knowledge held in the inspectorate into schools.  Since rejoining us, Lesley has been working with NPA, SVC and SVA to ensure the accuracy of their self-evaluation and to provide ideas she has gleaned from a year working in a wide range of schools.  As Lesley returned, Richard Spencer, a CMAT Vice Principal who had also been working across the CMAT academies (SWA, NCA and NPA) went to join Ofsted to complete the same training.

As part of our work with Sawtry, The Cambridge Partnership ( also became part of the Trust.  This is one of the largest initial teacher training organisations for both primary and secondary in this region and will work alongside our existing  role in the Cambridge Teaching Schools Network (   If you have ever considered a career in teaching, we would be absolutely delighted to hear from you through one of these avenues.

At the end of a busy year of fund-raising for Sue Ryder in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Martin Bacon, we are pleased to be able to share that an intrepid gang of CMAT colleagues have committed to running the London Marathon next year.  Steve Howard (NPA), Anthony Partington (SWA), Jonathan Stanley (NCA), Hannah Turner (SVC) and myself will be joining Martin’s daughter, Jess in tacking the London Marathon in 2016.

Mark Woods

CMAT Executive Principal