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James Montgomery Academy trust

Consistently putting children at the heart of decision making.  

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Established in 2016, our vision is that our schools are child-centred and

distinctive, delivering excellence in education, sharing best practice and

building aspiration. Beginning with five primary schools in Rotherham, we

have since grown into a large primary trust with a family of 20 primary schools

in South Yorkshire.

We serve over 4500 young people, from contrasting localities, many with high

deprivation. Each of our schools are committed to creating exceptional experiences

that strive to ensure that our students have real choice in their future lives. 

We are also committed to a model of inclusion, equality, safeguarding and wellbeing

which permeates all aspects of the life and culture of each school and the organisation as a


David Silvester  James Montgomery Academy Trust CEO /​ Head of ForgeCPD​ / National Leader of Education

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The Trust Vision

 ‘Our schools are child centred, inclusive and distinctive, delivering excellence in education, sharing best practice and building aspiration.’


The underpinning core principles are: Together we will:

  • Consistently put children at the heart of decision making.

  • Champion school individuality.

  • Continually improve through innovative and research driven practice.


JMAT vision for excellent education

  • Deliver a rich, contextualized and ambitious curriculum

  • Beacons of high-quality inclusive practice

  • Provide a safe, happy and purposeful environment

  • Pupils are supported to achieve their aspirations and see themselves contributing positively to their local/global communities

  • Develop a reflective, knowledgeable and highly skilled workforce

  • Foster positive and productive partnerships

JMAT Curriculum Vision

Schools will build a curriculum that reflects JMAT vision. It needs to

  • be ambitious

    • be as broad and balanced as NC

    • rich in experience

    • to be distinctive to each school

  • be clearly sequenced and to show progression

    • clear identification of what children should know by when

    • learning builds on what has come before and prepares children for future learning

    • enable all children to achieve

  • meet the needs of the local context

    • focused on the needs of the children within the school

    • reflect and extend the ethnic/cultural community it serves

    • embrace any significant elements of local history/geography

  • reflect latest curriculum research

    • designed in line with latest curriculum guidance

    • written by practitioners with strong subject knowledge

    • pedagogy is research informed

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Become Part of the JMAT Family

Who can request to join?

  • Any South Yorkshire primary school that shares our vision and wishes to become an academy

  • Any South Yorkshire primary school that wants to have greater autonomy and also benefit from membership in a stable group of academies that support each other for the common good of their children

  • Any South Yorkshire primary school that wants to be part of a family where actively shared best and next practice helps all to succeed and the best to excel

Directors will conduct a risk analysis following a request from a primary school

This analysis will look into the stability and needs of the school and whether the ethos of the school is compatible with the Trusts and/or can JMAT offer the support the school requires.

A website can tell you a lot of things but can’t beat talking to us. For more information about achieving primary academy status, feel free to get in touch or email us at

James Montgomery

A brief history.

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Excerpt taken from Grapevine Magazine Sheffield.

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