The Academy Trust of Melksham (ATOM) is a multi-academy trust of seven schools:
The ATOM was created to enable the schools to build on their existing good practice and collaborative work, whilst preserving each school’s distinctive ethos. We work on the principle of “earned autonomy” in that Schools whose performance causes no concerns are allowed to manage themselves however support and challenge is always present. This is captured in our underlying principles.
In practice this means that all of the school staff in the seven schools are employed by the ATOM. Our expectation is that, unless it is part of a job profile, staff will work at the school they were appointed to. The ATOM recognises national pay scales and continuous service.
The ATOM runs centralised Business Management and Human Resources operations with each school having representation on each team. There is a Head of School Improvement and a separate Chief Executive Officer. Both of these are Headteachers within the ATOM allowing us to have a cost effective leadership and management structure.
The Governing Bodies and Headteachers all believe that we are creating something special in Melksham by using this structure. We all believe that it will be of benefit to our young people and our schools. I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have.
Stephen Clark Andrew Matthews
CEO Head of School Improvement