How to join TCAT

Converting to an academy, or selecting an academy trust to work with, is a momentous decision but the benefits of working with TCAT are worth it. It is important to recognise this will be a major cultural change so it is crucial we work together and apply due diligence.

Schools are able to test whether they think becoming part of TCAT will work for them by becoming an Associate Member. This membership is designed to enable schools – maintained or academies – to benefit from some intentional peer-to-peer, school-to-school engagement and to experience how life in a multi-academy trust works.

What is an Associate Membership?

This membership is offered to interested schools who wish to explore further what it is like to be part of The Challenge Academy Trust. The membership has been carefully designed to allow schools to experience how a multi-academy works whilst benefitting from both educational and business support. Membership runs for a maximum of 12 months with a review period built in.

Benefits of an Associate Membership

Following an agreement of Associate Membership, school leaders, governors, staff and pupils can access a range of Trust activities. These include areas to support both the academic and business aspects of the school.

For more information contact:

01925 216037

External Offer

Read our External Offer.

Human Resources

A HR audit and report with recommendations


A comprehensive SEND review, including recommendations to support those with SEND


Access to a selection of training and some collaboration events including our TCAT Learning Platform

Health and Safety

A health and safety audit and report with recommendations


A website compliance check


A school finance health check which will expertly review and analyse your school’s current financial position, including a finance development report


Integrated curriculum and financial planning support and recommendations


A GDPR audit and report with recommendations

Leadership coaching session

Mentoring and coaching delivered by a leader within TCAT

Curriculum support

Support from TCAT’s education team to raise standards and performance in your school