The Northampton Primary Academy Trust Partnership (NPAT) is a collaboration of 14 great primary schools in Northampton. With responsibility for approximately 4700 children across Northampton, NPAT is driven by a vision to achieve educational excellence; creating opportunities and enriching lives.

This approach is encapsulated in our motto:

‘Achieving Extraordinary Things’

NPAT schools all share this common vision and are committed to shared values, whilst retaining the freedom to innovate and develop their own identity and character.

Introduction from Julia Kedwards
CEO, Northampton Primary Academy Trust

Julia Kedwards OBE CEO and founder member, NPATNPAT was established as an education trust in 2012 by five Head Teachers with a vision to ‘provide educational excellence, create opportunities and enrich lives’ through high quality learning experiences for children.  We aim to be a trust of highly effective and sustainable schools.  We want children to leave our schools working at age expectation or above, with cultural capital and as rounded, grounded individuals who are ready to engage with the next stage of their learning in a positive way.  

NPAT is a group of schools working in collaboration as one entity to improve and maintain high educational standards across the group.  Our passion for excellent educational provision, along with a belief that children must remain at the heart of every decision made by our leaders at all levels, led us to develop a trust where we encourage our children, staff and friends to ‘Achieve Extraordinary Things’.

Through our links with partner agencies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Gallery and the University of Northampton we aim for our schools to demonstrate exemplary practice across the whole curriculum and with a particular focus on sport, dance, drama and the arts. We want our children to achieve the highest academic standards at the same time as enjoying a rich, challenging and relevant curriculum which focuses on their personal development and prepares them for their place in the wider world. To this end, teacher experts across the trust have been developing a broad, ambitious, knowledge-rich curriculum which incorporates rich texts, vocabulary development and the science of how children learn. Our NPAT Curriculum Aims and Principles document outlines our commitment to this. 

Great schools need great leaders and great staff, and NPAT schools pride themselves on attracting and retaining the best people to work in and lead our schools. The Trust provides a range of professional development opportunities for staff including training, NPAT network groups, bespoke support from our trust education team and our annual NPAT Governance and Teaching conferences.  Our NPAT staff pledge highlights our commitment to reducing teacher workload and we are working towards a position whereby teachers can complete their work within two hours of their contact day. 

Having spent time developing our education, business and finance strategies and defining our approaches to school improvement and development, we are now in a position to work with more schools in and around Northamptonshire. If you are interested in finding out more about us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or come along to one of the Open Morning sessions on offer.  I will welcome your call and look forward to meeting you in the future. 


Julia Kedwards OBE
CEO and founder member, NPAT


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