Welcome to TCAT
A multi academy trust in Warrington, Cheshire comprising of Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form providers. We educate the youngest in our community while also providing opportunities for adults to return to the classroom.
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The Challenge Academy Trust was formed in 2017 by like-minded leaders of local primary and secondary schools in Warrington along with Priestley College


A robust structure is in place within TCAT to ensure that educational standards and expectations are met across the board with a strong sense of accountability in all schools


STEM Centre

Formula for success in STEM

The seventh year of the TCAT and United Utilities award-winning engineering challenge got underway in November. 80 pupils from across the trust started work with an engineer from United Utilities on a 20- week green skills project. The final event culminates in a  ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch at the Warrington

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Priestley College

Oxford honour for Priestley teacher

A teacher from Priestley College has been rewarded by one of the world’s finest universities for raising the aspirations of young people in and aroundWarrington. Anne White was one of only five teachers in the UK to collect the ‘Inspirational Teacher Award’ from Pembroke College at the University of Oxford. 

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Teachers Test of Nerve

Teachers from Beamont Collegiate Academy recently took on the highest and most nerve wracking skydive in the country. Matt Gillespie and Rachael Zocek jumped from 15,000ft in honour of close friends and family, raising £2,121 for Macmillan and The Fertility Foundation. They said: “It was definitely the most terrifying, but

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Padgate Academy

Padgate Academy – Saturday Super Stars

Padgate Academy are excited to launch their brand new Saturday activity sessions!  ‘Saturday Super Stars’ starts on Saturday 2nd December and will run every term-time Saturday, from 9am – 11am.  Sessions are open to pupils in years 4,5 and 6 and are free of charge. Children will the chance to

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Fab Lab Primary D&T sessions for TCAT schools

FAB Lab Warrington, on the Beamont Collegiate Academy site, has been hosting D&T sessions for TCAT Primary Schools. Year 5 pupils are taught the technical knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making a bird box for their school garden. They design an

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Sir Thomas Boteler

Sir Thomas Botelar Church of England High School – Careers Fair

This week, Sir Thomas Botelar (STB) welcomed 24 companies, colleges and universities into school for their annual careers fair. Students from Year 8 through to Year 11 all had the opportunity to meet employers and ask questions about their industry, related careers and what qualifications and skills are needed.  Students really

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