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Who We Are

Our Story

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 was set up by Dilkes Academy, an outstanding primary school based in South Ockendon, Essex in February 2013. The Trust works with schools to develop highly effective practice through a wide range of teacher education programmes to develop outstanding teaching and pupil achievement.

Our Story

Our Vision

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Our vision is to create a specialist chain of academies that secures outstanding achievement for all its pupils, especially in the key areas of English and Maths.

Our partner academies are supported by a centrally based team of experts, whose roles cover school improvement, professional development and operations.


With this support, schools will be able to embrace academy status with confidence and realise the benefits of collaborative partnerships in raising standards and building leadership capacity for further systems improvement.

Our academies develop the system leaders of the future through the provision of CPLD and plentiful opportunities to lead across the group.


In this way, our group of primary academies will, together, transform educational opportunities for primary pupils and ensure that many more will have access to outstanding provision.

We beleive every child should have access to an outstanding edcuation.


Our Approach

As a specialist primary sponsor, our key goal will be to ensure that all pupils have acquired the core skills to succeed at secondary school and beyond. We focus on the key areas of:

  •   High Standards and Expectations
  •   High Impact Teaching
  •   Assessment for Learning
  •   High Quality Relationships
  •   Developing Growth Mindsets and Learning Behaviour
  •   Partnerships with Parents / Carers
  •   High Quality Learning Environments
  •   High Quality Leadership at all Levels