Our Story

Aquila (‘The Trust’) is the Diocese of Canterbury’s Multi-Academy Trust  Limited (MAT), and was incorporated as a charitable company limited by guarantee in May 2014 (Company number 09035788).

The trust has been imagined and planned to enable flexibility and responsiveness to local context and needs. We are reflective and forward thinking so our organisational structures will evolve as appropriate, influenced by geography, existing collaborative networks and the pace of academy conversions.

Our Articles support a model which unleashes potential, enabling us to;

  • deliver positive, immediate support and interventions through our own expertise and established consultant partners, as well as wider regional connections
  • enhance learning and teaching by engaging in collaborative pedagogical projects, action research and professional development with Christ Church University
  • encourage and nurture the dissemination of good practice and promote mutual accountability
  • enable focused, effective local governance and secure options for centralised functions and economies of scale
  • incorporate community as well as church schools

Aquila Articles


Initially starting with just one Academy, the trust grew rapidly and we now have 13 academies across Kent. Schools have joined for a variety of reasons; some as a result of difficult Ofsted inspections while others have elected to convert as a result of the impact of our work and our school improvement offer. Each school within the trust embodies our values and collaborates: sharing practice and using the expertise from across the trust to develop, refine and improve teaching and learning.

Our approach to all aspects of school improvement has continued to evolve. Everyone working in our academies strives to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children in our care and that goes beyond the classroom. The trust model of collaborative working to find solutions to problems covers all areas including leadership, site and business management and governance. 

To find out more about each of our schools please click here:

Academy Stories

Our mission from the beginning has been to support develop and improve. We now have 10 of 13 schools that have undertaken Ofsted inspections while being members of Aquila. Many of these had been graded as inadequate or requiring improvement prior to the trust taking over their management. Eight are now graded good and three outstanding. Some of these schools had never received a good or better judgement prior to them joining the trust so our record of achievement speaks for itself.


English Hub

Kingsnorth CE Primary School was one of 34 schools nationally to be awarded the status as a result of sustained high standards in phonics and early reading. The aim of the English Hubs is to promote a love of reading and Kingsnorth English Hub are supporting schools and academies across the South East to deliver and provide excellent phonics and early language teaching.

Literacy specialists within each hub will provide tailored support to schools. This includes:

  • running events to showcase excellent practice in teaching phonics and reading
  • bespoke, focused support to local schools to develop their practice 

For more information, please click here:

English Hub

Latest News

By Trust News
Posted: 22/12/2020

Part Time Opportunity - Trust Clerk

Part Time Opportunity as Trust Clerk  The Trust is seeking a highly effective, efficient and self-motivated Clerk to provide a clerking service to the Trust Board and some of our Local Governing Bodies. The clerk will be line managed by the Head of Governance and Estates and be accountable to the Chair of the Trust, Trust Board and Local Governing Bodies of the schools/academies.  Previous experience of education, academies and Clerking to Governors is desirable but not essential.  The successful Clerk will demonstrate the following: Flexibility, with a high degree of integrity and confidentiality Aptitude for initiative and self-management Excellent planning and organisation skills Effective communication and ICT skills A proven track record of accuracy and attention to detail   Meetings of the Trust Board usually take place in the day and early evenings and Local governing bodies tend to meet early evening with some held in the mornings. The ability to travel is essential. Attendance is required at all planned meetings but the role is flexible and will require the successful candidate to be able to grow as the trust continues to expand with new schools wanting to join us. The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all trustees, staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced Criminal Record Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service along with other relevant employment checks, including overseas criminal background checks, where applicable. All new trustees, employees and volunteers will be required to undertake safeguarding training on induction which will be regularly updated in line with statutory guidance. If you would like to find out more please contact Nicholas Morgan, Head of Governance and Estates at nmorgan@aquilatrust.co.uk All applications are to made here via Kent-Teach
By Trust News
Posted: 22/12/2020

Speech and Language Therapist

Speech and Language Therapist Locations: Central office base – Folkestone; Schools – Kent Wide Contract Type: Permanent Hours: 37 hours/week, 38 weeks/year (Term time only) (paid 44.0869 weeks per year inclusive of holiday pay entitlement) but we will also consider part-time and job share requests. Salary Range: Aquila Pay Level i (APLi) £34,245 to £40,281 FTE (pro-rata £28,954 -£34,058) Specialist areas: Education, Paediatric, Mainstream Close date: 31/01/21 Start Date: ASAP Are you a therapist with a commitment to reducing barriers to social mobility? Are you committed to working with children from some of the most deprived areas of Kent? As a multi academy trust, we have schools in some of the most challenging areas of Kent, with a commitment to reduce barriers to social mobility. As a trust, we have moved these schools on so that they provide a good or outstanding level of education and commitment to their children and community. To build on this excellent work we need the support of an independently minded, forward thinking and dynamic speech and language therapist, who is committed to inclusion and removing barriers to social mobility for our young children. We are seeking an experienced therapist who can work with school staff from teaching assistants to head teachers, who shows excellent leadership skills, independence and strategic thinking.  Comfortable working with families, teachers, parents and children breaking down these barriers you will be able to understand the bigger picture and draw on evidence informed and evidence based intervention that can be used to support children. If you show these attributes, then Aquila may be the trust for you. Consisting of 13 school, from small rural to large urban schools, with two specialist resource provision and talks ongoing for more, Aquila are a large trust looking to expand our provision. In collaboration with an educational psychologist a specialist teacher, SENCos and head teachers, you will be at the forefront of creating and developing a service tailored to the needs of children. For your hard work, as a trust we will offer you Enrolment to the Local Government Pension Scheme Travel reimbursement Excellent CPD opportunities HCPC registration is essential to this role as is Enhanced DBS with child and adult barring. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please contact Chris Clarke, Educational Psychologist, for a Job Description and Person Specification for further requirements for this role, at cclarke@diocant-aquila.org or on 07764946138.  
By Trust News
Posted: 27/10/2020

FREE SCHOOL MEALS

KCC announces dedicated helpline for free school meals support this half-term   Kent County Council has announced vouchers for food are available during half-term for families whose children are eligible for free school meals, so that no Kent child goes hungry.   The county’s families most in need will receive supermarket vouchers for each eligible child to ensure they are able to feed their children outside of term time.   A dedicated helpline has been set up and is now open so that Kent’s low-income families are able to quickly and easily access the help they need when they need it most, including during the school holidays. Families who apply will receive one voucher of £15 per child.    The announcement comes after KCC Leader Roger Gough pledged that no child should ever go hungry during school holidays, or at any time.   Speaking after today’s announcement, Mr Gough said: “Kent County Council and our partners in district and borough councils have already helped thousands of Kent residents, including families with school-aged children, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.   “At the weekend, with the half-term holiday approaching, I reminded residents about the help the Kent Together helpline and webpage offer and urged anyone who was struggling to contact us. This dedicated helpline will streamline and speed up the process so we can get urgent help to those that need it.   “We have now taken that offer of help a step further, setting up a dedicated helpline families can call to apply for vouchers for Free School Meals to be used in a local supermarket during the school holidays.    “This support for families in need has always been in place. I hope, though, that this helpline will enable people who need urgent help to get it, and to get it quickly.   “Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we support the most vulnerable within our community. I hope that this service will quickly provide families with the help they need and ensure that no child in Kent is left to go hungry.”    Anyone eligible for free school meals who needs extra financial support to help feed their children can now visit www.kent.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals or call the dedicated helpline on 03000 41 24 24. You have until next Monday 2nd November 5pm to apply.   Meanwhile, the KentTogether helpline remains open for any other Kent resident who needs support with food, collection of medication and prescriptions and other urgent needs during the pandemic, 24 hours a day. You can get help by visiting www.kent.gov.uk/kenttogether  or calling 03000 41 92 92.
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