Our Sponsor

Staffordshire University is the sponsor of a number of Academies in Staffordshire and the Multi Academy Trust (MAT) is the organisation that delivers the university’s vision. SUAT (Staffordshire University Academies Trust) has set itself three core objectives:

  • To support academies in Staffordshire, across all tiers, in their journey to sustained outstanding performance through partnership, support and collaboration
  • Develop, support and train staff so that they can be inspirational leaders, outstanding teachers and excellent supporters of pupils’ learning
  • Lead a sustainable future for our academies so that outstanding performance can be secured for future generations of students

The partnership aims to deliver these objectives through a combination of core values and vision, common approaches, MAT-wide structures and systems, shared staff development and practice, standard quality assurance processes and integrated leadership.

Staffordshire University has a long and proud history of providing high quality, progressive and inclusive Higher Education for people from across Staffordshire, the region, the UK and the rest of the world. It is passionate about transforming the lives and aspirations of the individuals and communities it serves. With over 20,000 students and an annual turnover in excess of £120m, Staffordshire University leads the sector on access, partnerships and flexible provision. In addition to a large campus in Stoke-on-Trent – where it is a key partner in the regeneration of the city – a campus in Stafford and one in Lichfield, the University has a significant international presence. Over 1700 staff are employed across four academic faculties, with outstanding strengths including Education, Psychology, Forensic Science and Technology.

Through our highly regarded School of Education, we work in partnership locally in order to explicitly improve the quality of learning for children, young people and adults. We recognise that each of our academies, and their communities, has something unique to share as well as having individual needs that other schools in the Trust can support. Whilst the Board of SUAT is legally responsible for each academy, we believe that by nurturing a culture of individual identity each academy will reflect its own diversity and uniqueness. We recognise the vital importance of autonomy. Every academy has its own context and challenges. This is why we encourage our member academies to lead and manage in a way that preserves their individual identity and responds to the specific needs of their children and community.

Mary Walker

Chair of Trust Board
Staffordshire University Academies Trust

Click here to find out more information about  Staffordshire University – www.staffs.ac.uk

Click here to find out more information about the Trust – www.suatrust.co.uk


SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership.  The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support.  In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.

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