The Education Village Academy Trust (EVAT) comprises...
...which together make up an all-age a Multi Academy Trust (MAT).
Haughton, Beaumont Hill and Springfield all share The Education Village campus, which was opened at Easter 2006 by Tony Blair, then Prime Minister. The three schools are housed in a state-of-the-art building funded by a £27 million privately-financed initiative (PFI).
From the beginning, it offered something completely new and became a by-word for innovation and 21st Century learning. The Education Village was the first education organisation in the country to involve the creation of a single setting where schools are not just co-located on a single site, but actually live together under one roof.
The Education Village was always more than a building housing three schools, it became the enactment of a vision of providing genuine personalised learning opportunities, utilising the skill and expertise cross phase and cross school.
The building was (and is) impressive, attracting 4,000 visitors from all over the world in the first two years of opening. More importantly, it provides world class facilities in which our teachers can teach and our students can learn. Moreover, it has become a centre for the community with opening hours from 8am - 10pm offering activities from Zumba to Karate.
Gurney Pease Academy is situated in the Albert Hill area of Darlington in a beautiful, traditional primary school building and Marchbank Free School is based in Mowden Hall, a grade II listed building in the west of the town.
There is an Executive Leadership Team consisting of the Chief Executive, the Director of Finance and Operations and the Principal of each academy.