All about NEAT Academy Trust

Benfield School has been part of the NEAT Academy Trust family of schools since 1 May 2017.  We have six schools within the trust: four primary schools and two secondary schools.

NEAT was set up as a multi-academy trust (MAT) in April 2017.  A MAT is a charitable organisation that works collaboratively to improve and maintain high educational standards across a number of schools.  Each school within a MAT is an academy.

NEAT is a mixed MAT because it includes schools with and without a religious character.  We work closely with the Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Education Boards about the governance of the trust and the performance of our Church of England schools.

You can find out more about our trust by watching our Welcome to NEAT video on the NEAT Academy Trust YouTube channel and on the NEAT website 

We are guided by our common purpose – what is important to us - to nurtureeducate, achieve and transform.

We are driven by our values – how we do things – which are: aspirational, collaborative, inclusive, innovative and responsible.

Our strategic plan sets out our vision and strategic aims. The plan was developed with the involvement of directors, local governors, senior leaders and staff across the trust.

We are firmly rooted in our local communities, which enables us to develop and share effective strategies to enable our pupils to improve their life chances with the support of their families.

The NEAT Central Team provides school improvement and business support to our academies and develops trust-wide approaches to family support, attendance and counselling support to enable pupils to thrive and learn at school.

Newcastle Research School  within our trust is one of only 30 schools across the country that has been awarded this designation by the Education Endowment Foundation.  This enables us to engage with schools across the north east region to use and develop evidence-based practice to improve teaching and learning.

We work with partners regionally and nationally including the local authorities and combined authorities where our schools are based.  We work with the Newcastle Promise Board to enable “A city where we all share responsibility for providing the best educational opportunities for all our children and young people”.

NEAT's registered office is at Heaton Centre, Trewhitt Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5DY. Telephone 0191 2284090.