E-ACT at a glance

2008 E-ACT is formed
2016 Our first ever National Pupil Celebration Event
2016 E-ACT Parkwood Academy named best secondary in Sheffield
2017 Mental Health First Aid launched at every E-ACT academy
2018 E-ACT Mansfield Green Academy rated outstanding by Ofsted
2018 E-ACT Perry Court Academy is most improved academy in the country
2019 E-ACT Hareclive Academy is rated outstanding in its first Ofsted inspection
2020 E-ACT Heartlands Academy is named secondary and overall school of the year at the Tes Awards
2020 Over 1,000 E-ACT staff trained in youth and adult mental health first aid
2022 E-ACT Perry Court Academy ranked 'Good' in first Ofsted since joining E-ACT

Opening Minds, Opening Doors

We will open minds and open doors for our pupils, our staff and our communities by:

  • Having uncompromising aspirations for all
  • Living our values
  • Having the best people and investing in them
  • Understanding, celebrating and working with our communities

Our objectives for 2020-2021 are to:

  • Continue to develop great teaching through the Mastery Rubric
  • Further develop and implement a broad and ambitious curriculum to meet the specific needs of pupils and recoup lost learning due to COVID-19
  • Sustain, embed and develop staff culture and continue rolling out our People Development Plan
  • Leadership development at all levels of the trust
  • To ensure our learning from COVID-19 enhances what we do for all our staff and pupils
  • Continuous development of financial literacy and three-year planning for sustainability and growth
  • Securing great governance at all levels of the trust

Opening Minds, Opening Doors 2020-21

What we value

Our values are our anchor point and underpin all we do.

From a reception child at Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy to the 18 year old at Bourne End E-ACT Academy excitedly preparing for life at university, we want all of our 18,000 pupils to realise their full potential by:


For themselves and for the world around them by thinking beyond the four walls of their academy, and having the belief that anything they aspire to achieve is possible through hard work.

Thinking big at the Theatre of Dreams


In all that they do by carefully thinking through their decisions, even when it means doing something that’s hard or takes a lot of time.

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By supporting one another, and knowing that by working together great things can be achieved.

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Did you know?

18,000 pupils at our academies across the country
28 E-act academies in England
2 E-ACT regional teams across England
2,500 E-ACT employees

Our educational ethos

Our educational ethos is underpinned by our values of thinking big, doing the right thing and team spirit.

There are wonderful examples across the trust of innovation both in and out of the classroom. From Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy’s reading pods to Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy’s acclaimed music programme, every lesson is creative and designed to encourage curiosity.

Just as much learning happens outside of our classrooms through exciting extra-curricular activities in the arts, sports and clubs and societies. We are proud that every one of our Year 5 pupils will spend two nights on the Isle of Wight on a sailing residential without cost to their families.

How we work

With 28 academies across the breadth and depth of England, E-ACT’s network of support and educational expertise is considerable.

With such scope comes the requirement for robust structure and process, and through our regional structure, we have established a model that enables continued academy improvement.

We support our 28 academies through two regions, North and South, each of which is led by regional education directors (RED) and regional operations directors (ROD) and is supported by a team of experts in areas like safeguarding.

Another striking innovation of our governance model are our E-ACT Ambassador teams. Comprised of people who share a great passion for their academy, ambassadors play a crucial role in helping trust leaders to deliver our organisational strategy, Opening Minds, Opening Doors.

How we work

What it means to be part of a multi-academy trust

Our academies can collaborate and share ideas with one another in ways that schools may not be able to.

Should a teacher of history at The Crest Academy in London wish to seek advice on part of the GCSE history curriculum, they have the option to call on every other teacher of history within the trust for assistance.

Our academies can also rely on support, when it is needed, from our regional experts on both educational and non-educational matters. Our regional education directors, for example, will work very closely with the headteachers in their regions on everything from curricula development to classroom strategy.

For the teacher that joins an academy trust there are significant benefits too. Should a mathematics teachers aspire to become a head of department, they can maintain their employability within the trust but find a head of mathematics job in another of our academies.

Most importantly by being part E-ACT we all feel part of something much bigger. Our responsibilities go far beyond the four walls of a single academy, and extend to people and their communities across the country.

Looking after our mental health

Sadly one in 10 children have been clinically diagnosed with a mental health disorder in the UK – that is around three children in every class.

This brings into focus our responsibility to help pupils maintain and manage their mental health. In 2017 we introduced a mental health first aid programme to train staff to understand and recognise the early warning signs of mental health problems.

We have now trained over 1,400 members of staff in youth and adult mental health first aid, and we are well on the way to achieving our goal of training every member of E-ACT staff in mental health first aid.

28 academies, one E-ACT

Our academies span the length and breadth of the country, but we all follow the same set of underlying principles.

Our hopes and aspirations for every one of our pupils is the same. By encouraging them to think big and believe that anything is possible, by showing them the importance of team spirit and by teaching them to carefully think through their decisions to do the right thing, we know that every one of our pupils can realise their full potential with us.

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