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Thursfield Primary School

We care, We share, We dare to dream

Chapel Lane, Harriseahead
Staffordshire ST7 4JL

01782 512301


to Thursfield Primary School

The Multi Academy Trust

'Come as you are and leave as a champion’


Thursfield Primary School has converted to being a sponsored academy from the 1st November 2016. This means that Thursfield is now a member of The Creative Learning Partnership Trust. The Creative Learning Partnership Trust is built on a number of shared principles between Hempstalls Primary School in Newcastle Under Lyme (an outstanding teaching school) and Parkside Primary School a good school in Stafford.


The Creative Learning Partnership Trust

 The trust is expected to formalise the existing strong links and collaborative approach that are already in place. The educational partner of the teaching school alliance has already been highly effective in establishing the journey of collaborative learning between schools and the MAT will be a vehicle to enhance this further.  


Head Office:

Hempstalls Primary School 

Collard Avenue, Newcastle ST5 9LH

01782 950082

01782 297768



Schools within the Trust are:

Parkside Primary School                              Converter Academy

Hempstalls Primary school                           Converter Academy

Thursfield Primary School                            Sponsored Academy


Vision of the Trust 

Our Ethos:   ‘Come as you are and leave as a champion’


Our mission and purpose: We are an aspirational trust committed to ensuring that all pupils within our care fulfill their true potential. Our mantra is all about achieving better outcomes for every pupil that enters each of our schools. Our communities are built upon trust, tolerance and an appreciation of diversity and equality, each stakeholder working together and sharing success for all.

We wish to create a partnership of schools that collaborate together to enhance and enrich the lives of young people where there are no limits to what they can achieve, where excellence is a way of life.


Our aims:

  • The trust will deliver outstanding learning opportunities both within and beyond the school day always looking at ways of further enhancing the quality of educational provision.
  • Deliver a creative and inspiring curriculum which is pertinent to the needs of the pupils.
  • Embrace creative and innovative teaching and learning opportunities
  • To provide a happy, stimulating and creative learning environment that caters for the needs of all pupils.
  • Promote the spiritual, moral, social, emotional and cultural development of all learners in a collaborative and trusting culture where honesty and integrity are key indicators of success.
  • Provide an aspirational culture where each school refuses to accept any form of barrier to achievement.
  • To provide the opportunity for all young learners to fulfill their real potential, broaden their horizons and become active, prosperous and successful citizens in the world around them.
  • To ensure that all our pupils offer themselves as good role models for future generations and citizens and where necessary develop leadership roles.


Names of Members

The Creative Learning Partnership Trust has 5 members who meet annually. These members are: Mr Cartlidge, Mr Barbour, Mr Davies, Mr Fletcher and Mr Blackhurst. They bring together a skills set that covers the financial, legal, HR and educational requirements of the MAT


Names of Trustees

The Creative Learning Partnership Trust has 9 trustees who are accountable for the strategic direction of the Trust and the schools within it. These trustees are: Mrs Austen,(Chair),  Mr Gibbons (Vice Chair), Mr Davies, Mr Compton, Mrs Bennett, Mr R. Owen, Mrs Cheadle, Mrs Miller, Mr Moss and Mrs L. Thorley (Associate Trustee).  The trustees have a variety of skills to develop the Trust based on finances, governance, educational outcomes and legal. The trust clerk is Mrs Fiona Stagg.


The Chief Executive Officer of the Creative Learning Partnership and the accounting officer is Mrs Lynne Bennett (Headteacher of Hempstalls Primary School). The Chief Operating Officer is Mr Sam Compton (Headteacher of Parkside Primary School) and the Chief Financial Officer is Amanda Wilkinson. The accountants and auditors are Hardings and the MAT receives financial support from Edbc education business consultancy.


What is an academy?

An academy is essentially an independent school who receives its funding from central government rather than the local authority.

What are the benefits of being an academy?

Academies are independent of local authority control - this means that academies have more freedom. Academies receive their funding from central government and so academies will receive more funding. Academies have more freedom over the teaching of the curriculum. Academies have more freedom to undertake innovative projects.

Will the admissions criteria change?

No as an academy we are still bound by the national admissions code and admissions appeals code.

Will staff leave?

If the school converts to an academy all the staff will transfer to the Creative Learning Partnership on their current pay and conditions.

Will the school change?

We do not intend to change Thursfield Primary School except in ways which we think will improve the school.

The Creative Learning Partnership trust

Organisation of the MAT

The Creative Learning Partnership



Our Partner Schools

Parkside Primary School

Hempstalls Academy