As a result of our move to CMAT on 1st October 2020, we are currently updating many of our local school policies.

The Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust through the Trust Board and its Policy and Scrutiny Committees and the Executive Committee (Principals’ Committee) establishes many trust-wide policies relating to safeguarding, student welfare, teaching and learning, personnel and finance. These can be found on the CMAT website here.

Stratton Upper School was part of Stratton Education Trust until 30 September.  For information about Stratton Education Trust, please contact is .

Literacy Policy

The new OFSTED framework of April 2012 and 2014 Secondary Curriculum place renewed emphasis on reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and spoken English. At Stratton Education Trust, we aim to ensure that our learners can use language and communicate effectively in all forms by becoming:

 confident and independent readers;

 effective and confident writers;

 articulate communicators in all situations.

All teachers contribute to the development of literacy. As such they need to be committed to developing literacy skills in all of our learners, to support learning and to raise standards across the curriculum, because:

 learners need to possess literacy skills to enable them to access and achieve within the curriculum in all Key Stages;

 learners need vocabulary, analytical skills, expression and organisational control to cope with the cognitive demands of subjects;

 language helps us to reflect, revise and evaluate;

 reading helps us to learn from sources beyond our immediate experience;

 writing helps us to sustain and order thought;

 improving literacy and learning is vital to learners’ self-esteem, motivation and behaviour, allowing them to learn independently;

 literacy skills are becoming increasingly important when entering the workplace as employers placing more emphasis on key skills;