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Watchfield Primary School is part of the Faringdon Academy of Schools Multi Academy Trust


Along with four other local primary schools, Watchfield joined the Faringdon Academy of Schools Multi Academy Trust on 1 November 2013, expanding the MAT to make a total of eight schools, as detailed below:

  • Buckland C of E Primary
  • Faringdon Community College
  • Faringdon Infant School
  • Faringdon Junior School
  • John Blandy Primary School
  • Longcot and Fernham C of E Primary
  • Shrivenham C of E Primary School
  • Watchfield Primary School


Through a professional link, the Headteachers in the MAT are responsible to the MAT Chief Executive Officer and in tandem with the Local Governing Body (LGB).  However, each school very much maintains its own ethos and individual accountability to their own Headteacher and LGB.  The LGB operates under delegated authority from the MAT Board of Trustees, and thus remains charged to challenge and support the Headteacher.


The MAT has a dedicated School Improvement Team led by a Director of Education (DofE) who is also an existing Headteacher and National Leader of Education.  The school improvement team spread best practice, challenge, assist and mentor at every level; this brings a wide range of professional development opportunities for staff and has demonstrated significant improvements in what are already high standards of teaching and learning across the MAT, thus bringing great benefit to both children and staff.


The Trust has a team of excellent teachers and staff who work with the Director of Education and Headteachers supporting school improvement.  

  • A lead primary expert
  • A lead secondary expert
  • A curriculum enrichment lead
  • A selection of leading teachers
  • Responsibility posts to address particular areas of development (Arts, STEM and SEND focus for 2019-20)
  • A safeguarding lead


In addition to the School Improvement Team, the trust schools also benefit from a highly talented central team providing support for all non-educational services.  Headed up by an experienced business manager the Chief Operations Officer (COO) for the Trust oversees a team of staff who cover five key areas including:

  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Operations including estates, facilities, catering and health and safety
  • ICT
  • Governance


Further information about the Faringdon Academy of Schools MAT is available on the Trust’s website:


The Faringdon Academy of Schools (FAoS) Office is located at Faringdon Community College.  The address is:


Faringdon Academy of Schools
Fernham Road
Oxfordshire SN7 7LB

Tel. 01367 240375


The Academy’s annual report and financial statements can be found on their website.


The Academy regularly publishes a 'Highlights Brochure', showcasing all the excellent work that has gone on across the Academy schools.  Please enjoy reading through the examples below.

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