The Communities Academies Trust Teaching School (CATTS) is an Alliance grown from two National Teaching Schools; Birchwood Primary School and The Polesworth School.  These schools also founded the Community Academies Trust (CAT); a successful, school-based, multi-academy trust, the name of which originates from our shared, determined commitment to ensure communities are well served by their local school.

At the heart of our work is a consistent and focused desire to nurture and train the next generation of new teachers and administrators into our wonderful profession.  We also understand that, for our staff across the Trust and for the wider teaching school alliance to enjoy the greatest rewards from working in the school environment, colleagues must feel accomplished in their work, proud of their achievements and reflective so that they continue to experiment, innovate and develop professionally.

This describes the core purpose of our Teaching School Alliance and our valued partners are all of a like mind.  We understand that a thriving, reflective and developing workforce leads to world class achievement for the young people in our care.  We want them to leave the schools in our Alliance having succeeded academically, personally and socially.  We know that working together in a strong network of schools who challenge each other, support each other and strive for the best will provide the best environment to enable this.

Whether you have something to offer this exciting new collaboration, or you are interested in benefiting from its work, we look forward to working with you.

Very best wishes,


Philip Hamilton
Chief Executive Officer, the Community Academies Trust
National Leader of Education