Our Sponsor


Our Sponsor


Every child deserves to be the best they can be.


EMLC Academy Trust was incorporated in July 2012 for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, managing and developing academies and free schools as world class centres of excellence.

The Trust’s vision is to provide every single child with the opportunity to be the best that they can be. As part of this vision, EMLC Academy Trust aims to develop centres of excellence for leadership and teaching and learning and where pupils are safe and engaged in their learning.  The Trust is driven by the moral purpose of making a significant difference in areas where failure has been ingrained and ambitions stunted.

Key elements of our vision

We will:

  • Rapidly become a world class academy trust with a national and international voice
  • Establish world class academies and schools that are centres of excellence for leadership, teaching and learning and are flagships and centres of learning for other academies and schools
  • Be driven by a moral purpose to transform opportunities and change life chances of children and young people who live in challenging times as well as challenging places.
  • Work in partnership with learners, their families, communities and businesses, to raise aspirations, foster great expectations and achieve ambitious goals


EMLC Academy Trust currently sponsors five primary academies and one secondary academy, with an all-through free school due to open in September 2016. The first two academies sponsored by the Trust were Orchard and Shepherdswell Academies in Milton Keynes. Both have demonstrated excellent progress since their conversions in 2012, with Orchard having been judged Good with Outstanding features by Ofsted in 2014 following superb improvements in Key Stage 2 SATs results –moving from 37% Level 4 and above in Reading, Writing and Maths in 2011 to 93% – whilst Shepherdswell still retains its Outstanding judgement with over 90% of pupils achieving Level 2 in every subject in 2015.

The next three academies to join the EMLC Academy Trust family were Castle Academy, Hardingstone Academy and Stimpson Avenue Academy in Northampton. Even though each academy only joined the Trust in 2014, they have made incredible progress and are awaiting their first Ofsted visits as academies to validate the improvements made. Between the summers of 2014 and 2015 the academies made a combined improvement in the percentage of children achieving Level 4 or above in Reading, Writing and Maths at Key Stage 2 of 71% across the three. These improvements have led the Trust average to rise above the national average and EMLC Academy Trust is determined for every academy to continue on this upwards trajectory.

In September 2015 the Trust began sponsoring Prince William School in Oundle, which became the first secondary school of the group. It has been an exciting time for the academy with 2015 also being the first year that Years 7 and 8 students have been admitted to Prince William.

Northampton International Academy will join EMLC Academy Trust in September 2016 when it opens its doors for the very first time to Reception and Year 7 pupils. The vision for NIA is to create an outstanding and high performing international academy, which offers a strong academic curriculum, specialising in modern and foreign languages. It will be an all-through free school for pupils aged from 4 to 19 years old, which will grow to 2,220 pupils and will offer the very best facilities specifically designed for 21st century learning.

Key Elements of our approach

  • Strong leadership that transforms the culture
  • The pursuit of excellence is demonstrated by an uncompromising and successful drive for improvement in the leadership and management of teaching, learning and progression
  • Recognising the role of teachers and developing them
  • Excellent governance that challenges, supports and holds to account
  • Outstanding teaching and pedagogical knowledge
  • Confident independent learners
  • A broad and balanced curriculum that has expert knowledge and individual needs at its core
  • High aspirations and expectations of all who work in our academies and schools that every pupil is able to succeed
  • A ‘no excuses’ behaviour policy
  • Secure and effective partnerships with parents/carers, businesses and the local community