About WPAT

Warrington Primary Academy Trust

Warrington Primary Academy Trust (WPAT), established on 16th May 2016, began when three Warrington primary schools and a teaching school formed a Multi-Academy Trust. We are a converter academy, led by educational professionals, and have recently grown with two new schools joining in 2018, another in July 2019 and a pipeline of new members forecast. As a successful MAT, we are ambitious, outward looking and forward thinking and continue to forge ahead in an ever-changing educational landscape.

As the first Multi-Academy Trust to form in Warrington, we have forged an expectation of excellence in all that we do. The impact of our work continues to be seen in the progress and performance of the children in our schools. Each member school understands their local community and is strongly rooted in their locality. WPAT values individuality by recognising and celebrating all our school's strengths and supporting eachother through effective leadership. With support from core WPAT staff, the schools are able to focus on continual improvement and high quality education. To that end, we have been proactive in developing our innovative approaches to demonstrating improvement. 

"To deliver a first class education through partnership, innovation, school improvement and accountability."

WPAT works under a Guiding Principle which is a phrase deliberately used instead of 'vision'. The intention behind this idea is that we want to not only see the principle in action, but also hear and feel it within the everyday activity of our schools. The decisions our staff make, the way in which they think and how they communicate continually echoes our principles. This attitude is encouraged at all levels throughout the Trust and is used as a barometer of quality. 

Our three core values are essential to the life of our school community. Below they are set in order starting with Children First. This indicates that all our actions, behaviour and decisions can be driven by a mind-set that everyone within Warrington Primary Academy Trust is working to raise the prospects and achievements of our children. Resilience comes from our determination and Pioneering demonstrates that we are confident to try new approaches, if the potential rewards will deliver benefits for all our children.

The continuous fantastic results of all WPAT schools is a fitting acknowledgement of excellent collaborative work. The CEO, Local Governing Bodies, Headteachers, staff, parents, pupils and wider school communities are all involved in setting high expectations and achieving our great results.

Louise Smith - CEO of Warrington Primary Academy Trust

Louise is a National Leader of Education, an active Ofsted Additional Inspector since 2014 and is an inspirational, enthusiastic leader, who shares her vision and commitment to achieving excellence across the North West.

As CEO of WPAT, Louise is responsible for staff development, ensuring that the needs of all pupils are met, promoting the core values of the Trust and overseeing relationships with the DfE.

Her specific areas of expertise are within KS1 and KS2 in schools with significant barriers. Louise's main goal is to improve the life-chances of pupils, through the belief of high expectations for them, with a team of dedicated teachers providing excellence in teaching and learning. Her influence has been felt throughout Warrington and beyond, in Cheshire and Merseyside, as a driver of school improvement. She has grasped opportunities for innovation in teaching and learning and has supported colleagues and Headteachers alike in achieving outcomes, in which children perform above expectations.