About SAF

Sharnbrook Academy Federation (SAF) exists to provide an outstanding education for all our students, putting their progress at the heart of everything we do.

Our MAT has a passion for seeing all children succeed and we are guided in all our decision making by one question, “Is this in the best interests of children?” - our MAT has one group of children educated across a number of sites and we seek to ensure parity & consistency of our offer to all of them. We are determined to be a high performing and successful Multi-Academy Trust that delivers the very best educational experience for pupils from early years to post 16 and so improve the life chances of all of its pupils.

We believe that MATs that work together collaboratively are in the best position to improve education for all the children in their care and to provide an outstanding educational experience for each individual pupil and we strive to build effective network partnerships to inform and strengthen our practices with other high performing MATs, academies and practitioners locally & nationally.

This does not just relate to academic attainment. It also underpins our strong duty of care to ensure that children’s wellbeing and self-esteem as learners and citizens, are nurtured and supported by strong pastoral and ancillary systems.

We expect that colleagues will strive for excellence in every aspect of their work, in return colleagues can expect high quality training and development to support and develop their careers.

Sharnbrook Academy Federation currently (September 2017) has five member academies and the SAF Pilgrim Partnership Initial Teacher Training. This will continue to evolve as further schools join our Multi Academy Trust. Now that Bedford Borough has changed to a two tier education structure, our academies reflect this in their age ranges.

The SAF Board runs the Multi Academy Trust and has four committees: the Finance Committee; the Risk and Audit Committee; the HR and Pay Committee; and the Education and Learning Committee. The SAF Board has delegated some matters to these committees and some matters to individuals but accountability is retained at the SAF Board.

As CEO I have overall responsibility for the management of the academies in the Federation and am the Accounting Officer for the Multi Academy Trust. There is an Academy Principal within each SAF academy.

Each academy has a Local Governing Body (LGB) to ensure clear challenge and support for each individual academy.  Again, although some tasks are delegated to the LGBs accountability always sits with the SAF Board.

SAF has a subsidiary company SAF MAT Trading Ltd.

We are very proud of the work we do at SAF in the very best interests of the students in our care and thank you for your interest in our academies.

If you would like to know any further information then please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Iain Denning

Chief Executive Officer

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