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I am delighted that you are choosing to find out more about the Sherburn, Tadcaster and Rural (STAR) Multi-Academy Trust. 

There has been a strong tradition of collaboration between our 11 partner schools for many years which culminated in the establishment of the STAR Teaching School Alliance in 2016 and then the STAR Multi-Academy Trust (STAR MAT) was ‘born’ in May 2018. 

Our Trust is an exciting venture which allows us to strengthen our existing partnerships still further.  

We strive to create an inclusive and collaborative Multi-Academy Trust where everyone (children and adults) can flourish, realise their full potential, and strengthen our communities.  

We celebrate diversity and inclusivity within our school community and our schools include both community and Church of England schools. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for providing the best education, and although the academies in the STAR Multi-Academy Trust are all within a short driving distance, each has different needs, has different challenges in improving academic outcomes, and has its own unique identity. We uphold and value this identity, celebrating and nurturing similarities and differences of individual ethos and values. 

We firmly believe that effective education needs to be focused on a true understanding of the community that the school serves, and the community of the school itself. 

If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Best wishes,

Ian Yapp                     

Chief Education Officer,

The STAR Multi-Academy Trust

We are proud to be one organisation in which we collaborate to create an outstanding education in all of our schools which will enable every young person to flourish and realise their full potential’.

We want all of our 11 schools to retain and celebrate their distinctive identity; it is the strong structure and partnership within our Trust which can enable strong practice to exist in all our schools. We often talk about being ‘stronger together’ through the collaborative, collegiate approach we take.  

This is our Trust, we all have ownership of it and share a collective responsibility for all of our schools.  

Currently all STAR schools are located in Sherburn, Tadcaster, Selby and the wider environs.


It is a model of close partnership; our Trust has been successful because it has been founded on a group of schools with both a tight geographic footprint and most vitally many years of working together through shared vision, values and culture. We have developed many shared approaches including with regard curriculum planning, teaching and learning and opportunities to share specialist roles across more than one school. The Trust also provides appropriate levels of quality assurance, challenge and where necessary support within the partnership; we do this building on strong existing and well-established relationships.

Our Central Team provide support and challenge through effective governance and accountability at local level with Local Governing Bodies which are linked through to the Board of Trustees through a Scheme of Delegation. At all levels there are highly evolved and consulted planners, guidance, advice and support.

Our formal partnership has already been able to achieve ‘better value’ and financial stability, by having more efficient central and shared services and through the partnership to focus more resources on teaching, learning and student support.  As a Trust of over 4400 students, 660 staff and 11 schools, we have access to significant School Condition Allocation (SCA), which enables us to access significant capital funding to invest in improvements to our school estate.