About the Trust

Cumbria Education Trust is a not-for-profit charitable organisation. It was formed in 2015 in response to an invitation from the Department for Education. Cumbria Education Trust is one of the first school-based MATs in North Cumbria – we currently have nine schools within our family; six primary and three secondary schools. Our purpose is to deliver outstanding educational provision and ensure all pupils/students receive high quality teaching and learning opportunities.

We are committed to supporting all pupils/students, staff and academies within the Cumbria Education Trust to ‘be the best they can be’. Our vision is to enable every young person to reach their potential and achieve the success they deserve by providing an innovative and inspiring learning experience. At the heart of our organisation are the principles of: Respect • Responsibility • Resilience.

Although each of our schools and academies has its own unique ethos, they all share a common vision and values. These values are central to the life of the schools and underpin all the Trust’s activities. All our schools and academies share a commitment to the achievement, personal development and well-being of the children and young people within the Trust.

We operate with a student-centred approach which values relationships and respect for others:

  • Inspiring learning – creating a happy, positive and vibrant learning environment for ALL pupils/students.
  • Achieving success – enabling every pupil/student to reach their potential by providing high quality teaching.
  • Creating opportunities – broadening children’s experiences and opportunities.
  • Empowering communities – working in partnership with the local community to bring education alive for all.

CET strives to be recognised as an employer of choice. We believe that quality of life outside work significantly shapes the way in which staff perform whilst at work, so the need to achieve a healthy work life balance is a very important aspect of our commitment to staff. We therefore place great importance on developing caring and supportive relationships. Our knowledgeable central team will provide you with expert guidance which will take the stress out of specialist aspects of your work such as Health and Safety, SEND and Governance.

In a context of seeking year-on-year improvement, we also recognise the need to reward effort and good results. One of the ways we do this is through our commitment to staff with individually tailored CPD programmes. These are geared to maximising not merely job satisfaction, but the chance to significantly increase expertise, confidence and leadership skills. We exercise a ‘people first’ approach at all times so that staff feel part of a community; confident to both support and yet challenge one another and where everyone regardless of position or seniority, feels valued and able to make a contribution.

Click on the following links to find out more about each of our academies:

Caldew Lea Primary School

Hensingham Primary School

Longtown Primary School

Yewdale Primary School 

Yanwath Primary School

Tebay Primary School

William Howard School

Workington Academy

The Whitehaven Academy




Be the best you can be!
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