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Catalyst is an innovative, charitable organisation, whose mission is to widen access to outstanding educational provision by supporting and empowering teachers and leaders in other schools/academies to develop outstanding teaching and achievement outcomes.

The organisation has been set up by Dilkes Academy, an outstanding primary school based in South Ockendon, Essex in February 2013. The Trust mission is carried out in two ways: by sponsoring primary schools in challenging circumstances to become academies and by leading a wide range of teacher education programmes to develop outstanding teaching and pupil achievement.

The Trust sponsored its first school, Benyon Primary, in April 2013 and its second school, Quarry Hill Academy, in July 2013. Benyon was judged as Inadequate and Quarry Hill as Requires Improvements by Ofsted upon conversion to the Trust. With the support of the Trust both schools were able to bring about rapid improvement. Benyon Primary were awared a Good rating in their subsequent Ofsted Inspection in March 2015 and Quarry Hill Academy were awared an Outstanding rating i their subsequent Ofsted inspction in June 2016.

Somers Heath Primary School joined the Trust in June 2017 with an Ofsted rating of Good. The Trust will provide support to  move Somers Heath Primary to the next level by supporting improvements to the quality of leadership, teaching and children's outcomes.

As the Catalyst organisation grows over the next few years, it will be of crucial importance that the impact of its activities can be seen in improved teaching quality and pupil outcomes. This will be done by ensuring outstanding well-coordinated professional support for our sponsored academies, and the provision of consistently high quality teacher education programmes.