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Nightingale Academy

The Epsilon Star Trust

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About Us

The Epsilon Star Trust is a multi-academy Trust - established in September 2016 and based in Benfleet, Essex. Michael Thomas is the CEO and Executive Headteacher of the trust.


Our core purpose is to develop individual schools and academies to achieve the very best in provision and outcomes for our pupils.


We support academies within the Trust to become even more successful places of learning, operating autonomously in order to serve the specific needs of their local communities.


In addition to this we are able to offer other schools and academies outside the Trust the opportunity to benefit from our tried and tested bespoke school improvement programmes.


The Trust is currently responsible for the following academies:



Each academy in the Trust is led by its own leadership team with the support of the Central Trust Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees to help them achieve their objectives for their academy.

Our vision, missions and values


The Epsilon Star Trust’s overarching mission is to ensure that every pupil across its academies is taught to an outstanding level of achievement, by outstanding teachers, in an outstanding school. The Trust's plans for the future is to establish and develop a cluster of local schools to deliver higher education standards across Essex. The Trust will be responsible and accountable for every academy that joins it.


The Trust’s five core values which apply to all pupils and staff across the Trust:


One Guiding Aim

  • Working together to achieve common objectives
  • The Trust is only as strong as the weakest class, phase, school or cluster and will work together collectively to improve.


High aspirations

  • Delivering a world class education.
  • Ensuring every pupil is challenged and inspired by their learning.
  • Overcoming any barriers to academic success and ensuring equality in achievement.


Being unique

  • Identifying the unique attributes of each pupil and ensuring the curriculum reflects these.
  • Developing and delivering individualised programmes of learning.
  • Promoting and sharing cultural heritage and traditions.


A chance to shine

  • Celebrating the gifts, talents and achievements of every pupil.
  • Hosting and organising a wide range of high-quality sporting, academic and cultural events and festivals for pupils to participate in.


Navigating confidently

  • Providing activities that build character and independence.
  • Creating a school ethos around the importance of teamwork and leadership.
  • Improving the employability of our pupils.

Our high expectations are reflected in our aims:


  • Every child will attain to at least the expected or better standard in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • Every child will make at least expected or better progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • Every child to have an attendance higher than the national average.
  • Every child will be taught by a teacher who is good or better.
  • The outcomes of each academy to be in the top 10% nationally.
  • To deliver rapid and significant change in underperforming academies.


The vision is that the Trust will be formed around clusters of five or six schools working within the overarching aims and using the strategies of the Trust but improving each other locally. The Trust aims to sponsor weaker primary, junior and infant schools and offer a comprehensive, structured and franchised model of school improvement.


The Trust is determined to ensure that schools with poor reputations, weak leadership and governance and poor outcomes join an organisation which offers local and complete support for every school function. The Trust aims to cut administration costs of individual schools in order to delegate more funds to improve pupil outcomes. 


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