The Grand Union Multi Academy Trust (GU MAT) was formally set up by Featherstone High School Governing Body on 1st September 2016. The founding members are Woodlands Academy, a Primary school in Hanwell, Ealing and Featherstone High School, an outstanding secondary school in Southall, Ealing. The Grand Union MAT is the first school led Multi Academy Trust to open in Ealing and is a formal partnership between local schools committed to supporting each other. Schools joining GU MAT will all show commitment to the Trust’s four strategic cornerstones – a relentless focus on teaching and learning, rigorous tracking and data analysis, a rich and varied curriculum and a strong code of behaviour. In addition they will also be committed to the Trusts motto “Together We Achieve.” All schools will share our ambition that all children within GU MAT schools will make outstanding progress and will be seen collectively as “our children” by all member schools.
Featherstone High School has been approved by the Government as Sponsoring Academy which means we can bid for government grants to support other schools in their School Improvement journey in addition to central funds raised from the individual schools contribution to GU MAT.
As a Trust, we are excited about the opportunities for closer collaboration that this new partnership offers both financial and educational which we are confident will benefit all members of the GU MAT.
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Mr Wadwa, Executive Headteacher, pictured with Ms Rana, Headteacher at Woodlands and two of her students.
An Introduction to Woodlands Academy
Woodlands is a small, nurturing school. Unlike bigger schools, we know all our children well and can offer personalised learning. We have a fantastic team, dedicated to bringing out the talents of all our pupils and to deliver high quality teaching and learning.
We think success also comes from working in close partnership with our parents and we will make sure they have regular opportunities to meet and communicate with staff.
We want to nurture our children’s curiosity through a rich, varied and inspiring curriculum, allowing them to reach their full potential to be caring, conscientious and confident citizens of tomorrow.
An Introduction to Featherstone High School
We are an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ school and have been awarded World Class School status. We are a heavily oversubscribed school and students at Featherstone consistently make more progress than those at similar schools.
Our students continue to achieve excellent GCSE results and we are regularly placed in the top 10-15% of schools in the country for progress they make. Featherstone Sixth Form was placed in the top 5% of schools in the country for progress made between GCSE and A levels for the past two years. This exceptional performance has allowed increasing numbers of students to attend some of the top universities in the country.
It won’t take you long to appreciate that Featherstone High School is a warm and hardworking community striving for excellence in all we do. We want children to leave school having maximised their academic progress but also to really enjoy their time with us and to leave with fond memories. We are proud of our success. Whatever the criteria: academic, social and personal, or sporting, this is an exceptional school. Our school motto “Together We Achieve” emphasises the importance of partnership in our success. We will ensure that parents are kept fully informed of students’ progress and achievement in order to facilitate this crucial relationship.
Featherstone High is one of a small number of schools nationally to have been approved by the DfE as a “Sponsor.” This special status means we are able to access government grants to provide support to other schools. We have recently established the Grand Union Multi-Academy Trust – a collaborative of local schools committed to sharing good practice and raising standards across all partner schools.