June 2021

We are delighted and proud to announce our involvement as a delivery partner for the new suite of National Professional Qualifications with the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership. See here for details

8th March 2021

We are delighted to welcome all children back today – they have been superstars throughout the lockdown, engaging in our aspirational curriculum offer. Parents and carers have been wonderfully supportive. Our staff have gone over and above each day for so long #teamIPAT. Let’s hope we now face a smoother journey.

February 2021

Matthew Howard is appointed to the Executive Headteacher post across Claybrooke and Dunton Bassett Primary Schools.

January 2021

Our new Director of Finance and Operations, Christopher Hall joins our central team.

September 2020

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Head of Inclusion, Dr Penny Hannant to our central team.

August 2020

Our pledges for the full opening of our schools in the autumn term 2020 can be found here:

IPAT Safe Return Pledge

1st June 2020

All of our schools are open for pupils in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 6 in addition to vulnerable children and children of key workers.

COVID – 19 

We have two hubs open at All Saints, Sapcote and John Wycliffe, Lutterworth. 

Covid – 19 Information for suppliers.
As many of our Trust schools are currently closed, to ensure that we are best able to support our suppliers, all invoices and queries should be sent to  until otherwise advised.

20th January 2020

Following a recent re-tendering exercise, Inspiring Primaries Academy Trust is proud to announce Educaterers as its new in school caterer, effective from the 17th February 2020.

Educaterers have over 60 years’ experience in the education sector and their mission is to provide delicious, healthy nutritious food to everyone they serve. They were recently awarded the Lead Association for Catering in Education ‘Business of the Year’ award for 2019 which recognises organisations that make an outstanding contribution to schools in their area and who continue to make a real difference to education catering. Further information about Educaterers can be found on their website

During the exercise, we were particularly impressed with Educaterers focus on working with schools to provide healthy and nutritious food that children want to eat, and the use of their ‘Nutrigang’  to raise pupil awareness of not only food and nutrition but also sustainability and ecology.

Further information regarding new menu options, costs and changes to how meals will be ordered and paid for will shortly be issued by each school.

We are delighted and excited to be working with specialists who can meet the growing demand from the Trust community for a hot meals lunchtime service.

7th January 2020

See our latest electronic newsletter Spring 2020

21st October 2019

The Trust now has an office and meeting room at All Saints CE Primary, Sapcote. An ideal location for our range of IPAT forums. 

27th August 2019

Matthew Howard has been seconded to lead Claybrooke and Dunton Bassett Primary Schools for this academic year. Our new Heads of Schools also commence their roles alongside the Executive Principals. Vicki Palmer, seconded to All Saints; Andrew Shields, Gilmorton Chandler; Sharon Boyd-Hope, Sharnford; Aly Steele, St Margaret’s and Deb Tithecott, Ullesthorpe. 

12th July 2019

Please see our end of year newsletter EOY IPAT NEWSLETTER 1819

1st May 2019

We have appointed our second Executive Principal. Adam Watson has been appointed to strategically lead Gilmorton Chandler and St Margaret’s, Stoke Golding CE Primary Schools from August 2019. Mr Watson is looking forward to joining Inspiring Primaries Academy Trust and being supported by teaching Heads of School as he leads both schools along the next stages of their journeys. 

28th February 2019

First Executive Principal appointed. Emma Prokipczuk has been appointed as Executive Principal to strategically lead All Saints, Sharnford and Ullesthorpe CE Primary Schools from August 2019. Miss Prokipczuk will be ably supported by teaching Heads of School on each site. 

1st October 2018

After a long wait we are pleased to announce that Dunton Bassett Primary School has officially joined IPAT.

13th July 2018

Please see our end of year newsletter here: IPAT NEWSLETTER 1718

28th March 2018

Thank you to parents and carers who participated in our first survey. An analysis of responses can be found here: IPAT parent survey results

Thank you to staff who participated in our first survey. An analysis of responses can be found here: Staff survey 2018 results

5th February 2018

Parent and Carer survey.

If you are a Parent or Carer of one or more of our pupils, then we would like to invite you to complete a survey in order to improve our practice for the benefit of all. 

The online survey can be found by following this link: Online Survey

A paper version can be downloaded here: 2017 – 2018 Parent and Carer Survey

Staff Survey

If you a member of staff at one of our schools, then we would like to invite you to complete a survey in order to improve our practice for the benefit of all.

The Online Staff Survey can be found by following this link: Online Staff Survey

A paper version can be downloaded here: IPAT staff survey

1st August 2017

We welcome Claybrooke Primary School to Inspiring Primaries Academy Trust.

1st July 2017

Today we saw the following schools join our MAT:

  • Sharnford CofE Primary School
  • St Margaret’s CofE Primary School – Stoke Golding
  • St Mary’s CofE Primary School – Bitteswell

It is anticipated that the remaining two schools:

  • Claybrooke Primary School will join on 1st August 2017
  • Dunton Bassett Primary School will join us in the autumn term 2017

Our CFO has been appointed: Mel Nichols. Mel has over 20 years’ experience in financial roles including being the Finance Manager of a large secondary academy and being a Finance Director. More recently Mel has been a School Finance Adviser for Leicestershire County Council where she has been instrumental in helping the service move forward by design new, more efficient accounting templates. 

1st June 2017

Approval date for the formation of the Multi-Academy Trust together with the approval of Academy Status for Ullesthorpe CofE Primary School, John Wycliffe Primary School and All Saints CofE Primary School (Sapcote). These three schools have joined together with Gilmorton Chandler CofE Primary School to make up Inspiring Primaries Academy Trust. It is anticipated that the other schools will be approved and will join with us on the 1st July 2017. Giving the trust a total of nine schools.

Our CEO has been appointed: Marie Sandford.  Marie has been Headteacher of Gilmorton Chandler CE Primary School since April 2005 and Executive Headteacher of Ullesthorpe CE Primary School since August 2015. She became an accredited National College of Teaching and Leadership National Leader of Education in 2010. This involves working with other school leaders to support school improvement.

25th February 2017

The Inspiring Primaries Academy Trust is in the process of being established. It has been approved by the Regional Schools Commissioner, the DFE and the Diocese of Leicester.