Why Choose our Trust

The MILL Academy is committed to ensuring that all children in our schools, particularly the least advantaged, receive excellent teaching and make progress that matches the best.

Our purpose

We believe that lives can be transformed through inspirational education and our schools will be supported and challenged to have this at the heart of everything they do.

School improvement models are bespoke to a schools’ contexts and starting points and so can include; leadership coaching, strategic leadership team support, joint practice development, governance support, subject expertise and Academy Central Services.

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A great place to be

We place huge value on feedback from our pupils, parents and staff.

This feedback helps us know when we get things right, but also helps us address concerns. The MILL academy place a huge importance on this feedback to enhance our pupils education.

  • Staff feel valued 97%
  • Pupils are proud to be our pupils 94%
  • Parents would recommend us 96%

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Our Services

Managing academies brings financial challenges and responsibilities that would not be considered within a local authority.  Our cost effective infrastructure eases the burden on our academies. We provide the following services:

  • Preparing financial statements in line with the Department for Education (DfE) and Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFSA) requirements
  • VAT returns
  • Taxation advice
  • Budget preparation and monitoring
  • Monthly/Quarterly management accounts
  • Software and processes training for school finance staff
  • Support with Academy Conversion from start to completion
  • Property management and asset management
  • HR support and consultancy

Our central services enable schools to be as effective as possible and provide better quality education to all pupils.

These services are available to each of the schools in the Mill. If you wish to discuss any of these services, or find out more, please contact us.


Our school improvement team, led by our Director for Education, supports each of our schools to ensure the best outcomes for every child.


School leaders benefits from our monthly coaching package. Additionally, we provide support for school improvement planning, self evaluation, quality assurance and much more.


The Mill employs its own in house HR advisors to help with any employment related questions or issues.


Our in-house IT support are able to assist with all computer and IT related issues. They will also help develop a sustainable IT replacement program, supported by the Mills combined purchasing power.


Our finance team is on hand to support the conversion to academy, and provide assistance with the day to day operations of your schools finances.


Our Professional Development Offer

The MILL Academy Trust is committed to developing its staff team and one way that we can do this is to ensure that professional development is regarded as an entitlement.  This philosophy underpins our ‘career stage’ framework for professional development – ensuring that our staff team has the most up to date knowledge, skills and understanding in order to be the best in the profession.

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Olevi logo OLEVI

We are committed to working with OLEVI to deliver high quality professional development that is proven to have real impact. 

ITP          Improving Teacher Programme

OTP        Outstanding Teacher Programme

OTAP     Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme

PoC        Power of Coaching

OLE        Outstanding Leadership in Education     

We also offer OTAP for Teaching Assistants across the Trust.  All Trust Schools benefit from free places on our OLEVI Programmes.

Otsa new logo stapline OTSA We are a Strategic Partner of OTSA (Oxfordshire Teaching School Alliance).  As part of our succession planning, we invite colleagues to apply for places on OTSA’s GFL (Growing Future Leaders) programme.
Pivotal ed logo Pivotal Education We are a ‘Pivotal’ Trust and a number of colleagues are designated as Pivotal Instructors.  All staff will receive Pivotal training and have access to online professional development.
Veo VEO Video Enhanced Observation (VEO) enables us to share effective practice and work collaboratively across the Trust.  Staff are able to work in small groups to fine tune their practice – often utilising incremental coaching.
Genie suite logo Genie Suite We co-ordinate our professional development through Genie Suite to ensure that paperwork is minimal and more time is spent on development that has real impact.



Our governance training package enables all governors to be as effective as possible in their role.


We tailor our services to suit the needs of the schools in our trust. If you are interested in joining us, and feel there are services we could offer that would support you or your school, please contact us.