The Vale Academy Trust comprises eight church and community schools based in the South Oxfordshire towns of Wantage and Abingdon; two secondary schools and six primary schools, none of which are more than 10 miles apart.

This means we work closely together to achieve our vision:

  • To be a family of schools recognised for providing exceptional, stimulating, inclusive learning opportunities in a safe, happy environment;
  • To inspire the highest standards of achievement and personal growth for the young people in our schools and for everyone who works for the Trust;
  • To work together and share excellent practice to support the learning needs of all within our local communities, well into the future.

We believe in developing our people to be able to model the highest quality of teaching and leadership, growing and inspiring our own leaders and supporting the aspirations of our staff.



In 2013 the Vale Academy Trust led the way in modelling collaboration, being the first in the UK to see church schools and community schools coming together, whilst retaining their own distinctive character. All share a common vision and set of goals and targets, with skilled professionals working both within their own schools and across other Trust schools to bring about truly collaborative school improvement.

This has already resulted in many exciting joint projects and initiatives and the Vale Academy Trust Promise - to 'Involve, Engage, Enrich and Inspire'. This reinforces our ambition to offer each young person a breadth of experience through which they will find and forge their talents, whilst they learn in forward thinking, inspirational schools with skilled and motivated teachers determined to secure the best outcomes for each child.

The Department for Education has approved the Vale Academy Trust as a Sponsoring Academy Trust and we are currently working with our partners to deliver a new 'all through' school for Grove situated on the Wellington Gate development, due to open in September 2023. 

Work for Us


Whichever role you perform, when you join one of our primary or secondary academies as a member of our support staff or as a teacher, you will be part of a dynamic, exciting and friendly Trust.

Whether you are happiest in the classroom or working behind the scenes in one of many support roles, your contribution to the goals and success of the Vale Academy Trust is valued. Our schools could not function without important facilities such as catering, cleaning, office administration and site management. As either an employee or volunteer, wherever you are based you are assured of a warm welcome, whether it be in one of our smaller primary schools, larger secondary academies or at the Trust’s Central Offices.

With our academies situated within 10 miles of each other around Wantage and Abingdon, we support the educational provision of more than 4000 children and young people from 3 to 18 and have around 650 members of staff working for us, making us the largest employer in the area. 

We Are The Vale Academy Trust