Welcome from the CEO

Message from caroline derbyshire

ceo of Saffron Academy Trust





Welcome to Saffron Academy Trust.

It is a privilege to be the CEO of such a high quality Trust.

Saffron Academy Trust (SAT) is a family of schools who have chosen to work together in order to pool some of our resources and share all of our ideas so that we can provide an exceptional standard of education to children in our community.

Every one of our schools has a distinct and individual character that we value but we also have many things in common: we place considerable emphasis on school improvement in the belief that individuals and organisations should strive to improve on their previous best.  We can see this improvement in our strong inspection reports (all of our schools are rated Good or Outstanding) and in the outcomes we achieve for children and young people.

At the heart of what we do is an investment in growing and developing our staff, therefore we are proud to run Saffron Teaching School Hub which provides high quality training for teachers and school leaders across Essex.  Our staff, consequently, tell us that they enjoy working in our Trust and feel valued.

If you are interested in joining us as an individual, a school or an existing Trust, then please contact me.


Message from DAVID BARRS

chair of Saffron Academy Trust





Welcome to Saffron Academy Trust’s website.

Saffron Academy Trust is a multi-academy trust based in Saffron Walden, founded by Saffron Walden County High School, Katherine Semar Schools and R A Butler Schools. We have developed a family of schools which now includes Alec Hunter Academy (Braintree), Helena Romanes School (Great Dunmow), Honywood School (Coggeshall), Saffron Walden County High School (Saffron Walden), Beckers Green Primary School (Braintree ), Katherine Semar Junior and Infant Schools (Saffron Walden), and R.A. Butler Junior and Infant schools (Saffron Walden).

We work closely together, sharing good practice and striving for continuous improvement. At the same time, we value the individual character of each of our schools and encourage them to engage fully with the communities that they serve. This is reflected in the wide range of activities that can be found across the trust and the partnerships that we have established in our pursuit of excellence.