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 14 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 14 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: 13/10/2021

Congratulations St Georges CEP School

Congratulations St Georges CEP School on winning a Green School Award 2021! Good Afternoon, I am writing to inform you that your school has been selected to receive a prestigious Green School Award for your nomination "Beach Clean" in the Nature Conservation Category.    We would like to invite you to the Green School Awards event on Thursday 25th November 2021 at Ashford International Hotel, Simone Weil Ave, Ashford, TN24 8UX. Check-in will commence from 10.00am, with the awards starting at 10.30am and concluding by 12.30pm.  We would love to include a mini video clip at the event showing your amazing project. If you would like to send something through (for ease it could just be taken on a mobile device), please email it to me by 17th October 2021. Please make sure it’s less than 1 minute long and filmed in landscape format. We have 4 tickets for your school and would ask that at least 2 of these are given to children involved in the project. Please can you let me know you have received this email straight away, then confirm your attendance and everybody’s names by 17th October 2021.  We will send confirmation and final details before the event. Please let us know if you have any special requirements. Please check both child protection and parental permission forms for children attending, as their names may be used in conjunction with both filming and photography.  The event coverage may be published in printed newspapers, media websites, social media and our own charity's publications.    We really hope you will be able to join us.  If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.   With kind regards Karen Brinkman General Manager KM Charity Team / Inspire Schools KM Charity Team, 10 Estuary View Business Park, Whitstable, CT5 3SE www.kmcharityteam.co.uk  
By Trust News
Posted: 12/10/2021

National Professional Qualifications Announcement 

National Professional Qualifications Announcement  NPQ-Eligibility-leaflet.pdf Today (Tuesday 12 October 2021) the Department for Education has announced updated funding eligibility criteria for the reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) and published new frameworks for upcoming qualifications in Leading Literacy (NPQLL) and Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL). From autumn 2021 the Department of Education will be introducing a new and updated suite of NPQs to offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders to help them become more effective teachers and leaders inside and outside the classroom.  The three existing NPQs in Senior Leadership, Headship and Executive Leadership have been refreshed, ensuring that they are underpinned by the latest evidence of what works. The existing Middle Leadership NPQ has also been replaced with three new specialist NPQs to best address the broad range of responsibilities of current and aspiring middle leaders. These specialist areas cover:  National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher Development:  Supporting the training and development of others, including early career teachers.  National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching:  Developing teachers who are subject leads or responsible for improving teaching practice in a subject or phase.  National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture  Developing teachers who have responsibilities for leading behaviour and culture.  The frameworks have been developed in consultation with an expert advisory group with specialists from across the education system and clearly sets out the content that participants should know and be able to do after completing an NPQ. Provider’s of NPQs will use these frameworks to design their courses.  Funding  As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, £184 million of new funding for NPQs was announced on 2 June 2021 to be spent over the course of this parliament.  Teachers and leaders employed in state funded schools, and state funded organisations that offer 16-19 places, in England will be able to access a fully funded NPQ from Autumn 2021, to support teachers and pupils following the disruption to learning faced as a result of COVID-19.  Access to funding remains conditional on successful validation of participants’ registration information against Teaching Regulation Agency records, so you must ensure that the information supplied to your NPQ provider matches your teacher record. You can check and update your record via the Teaching Regulation Agency’ Teacher Self-Service Portal.  If you are not eligible for scholarship funding, you can still undertake an NPQ and should contact your local teaching school hub, lead provider or other delivery partners directly.  Expansion of the reformed suite: NPQs available from autumn 2022. To ensure national professional qualifications continue to offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders wanting to expand their knowledge and skills, we are introducing two additional NPQs which will be available from autumn 2022.  The 2022 NPQs comprise the:  National Professional Qualification for Leading Literacy (NPQLL) – for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase.  National Professional Qualification for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) – for leaders qualified to at least Level 3 with a full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be, managers of Private, Voluntary and Independent nurseries, headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries, or childminders with leadership responsibilities.  As for the 2021 suite of NPQs, each of these NPQs is underpinned by a new content framework, setting out what participants should know and be able to do after completing an NPQ.  You can access the content frameworks for the 2022 NPQs at National professional qualification frameworks: from autumn 2021.  Further details in relation to the procurement and funding for these qualifications will be announced in due course. 
By Trust News
Posted: 12/10/2021

National Professional Qualifications Announcement 

National Professional Qualifications Announcement  NPQ-Eligibility-leaflet.pdf Today (Tuesday 12 October 2021) the Department for Education has announced updated funding eligibility criteria for the reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) and published new frameworks for upcoming qualifications in Leading Literacy (NPQLL) and Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)  From autumn 2021 the Department of Education will be introducing a new and updated suite of NPQs to offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders to help them become more effective teachers and leaders inside and outside the classroom.  The three existing NPQs in Senior Leadership, Headship and Executive Leadership have been refreshed, ensuring that they are underpinned by the latest evidence of what works. The existing Middle Leadership NPQ has also been replaced with three new specialist NPQs to best address the broad range of responsibilities of current and aspiring middle leaders. These specialist areas cover:    National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher Development:  Supporting the training and development of others, including early career teachers.  National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching:  Developing teachers who are subject leads or responsible for improving teaching practice in a subject or phase.  National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture Developing teachers who have responsibilities for leading behaviour and culture.  The frameworks have been developed in consultation with an expert advisory group with specialists from across the education system and clearly sets out the content that participants should know and be able to do after completing an NPQ.  Providers of NPQs will use these frameworks to design their courses.  Funding  As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, £184 million of new funding for NPQs was announced on 2 June 2021 to be spent over the course of this parliament.  Teachers and leaders employed in state funded schools, and state funded organisations that offer 16-19 places, in England will be able to access a fully funded NPQ from Autumn 2021, to support teachers and pupils following the disruption to learning faced as a result of COVID-19.  Access to funding remains conditional on successful validation of participants’ registration information against Teaching Regulation Agency records, so you must ensure that the information supplied to your NPQ provider matches your teacher record. You can check and update your record via the Teaching Regulation Agency’ Teacher Self-Service Portal.  If you are not eligible for scholarship funding, you can still undertake an NPQ and should contact your local teaching school hub, lead provider or other delivery partners directly.  Expansion of the reformed suite: NPQs available from autumn 2022  To ensure national professional qualifications continue to offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders wanting to expand their knowledge and skills, we are introducing two additional NPQs which will be available from autumn 2022.  The 2022 NPQs comprise the:  National Professional Qualification for Leading Literacy (NPQLL) – for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase.  National Professional Qualification for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) – for leaders qualified to at least Level 3 with a full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be, managers of Private, Voluntary and Independent nurseries, headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries, or childminders with leadership responsibilities.  As for the 2021 suite of NPQs, each of these NPQs is underpinned by a new content framework, setting out what participants should know and be able to do after completing an NPQ.  You can access the content frameworks for the 2022 NPQs at National professional qualification frameworks: from autumn 2021.  Further details in relation to the procurement and funding for these qualifications will be announced in due course. 
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