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How is Castle of benefit to Multi-Academy Trusts?

How is Castle of benefit to Multi-Academy Trusts?

- 29-Apr-2017 -

Castle Minibus' collaboration with multi-academy trusts brings savings and reduces stress through asset sharing. Here we explain how...

At a time when school budgets are under more scrutiny than ever, now is when the benefits of multi-academy trusts shine through.


Multi Academy Trusts (MAT’s) are formed to enable academies to utilise existing partnerships and work collaboratively with other member schools, supporting one another to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Part of the support network they create includes sharing best practise and economic benefits such as centralised services.

The MAT model also allows member schools to capitalise on other benefits, including:

  • The ability to focus funds where they are most needed
  • Increased and flexible staffing resources, using the skills and expertise of a larger network of teachers and education professionals
  • The opportunity to establish succession planning programmes and, in doing so, retain great staff who might otherwise move on – including head teachers.

For some schools, the MAT model enables them to remain local whilst also growing and expanding to support a wider network of schools. Equally, the MAT model offers a school the potential to retain its unique characteristics and maintain its own local governing body; it also gives head teachers a high degree of autonomy in leading their schools, whilst allowing them the freedom to focus on teaching and learning. 

Castle Minibus is working with several MAT’s to centralise the provision of their minibuses, enabling the resources to be shared and providing simplicity and efficiency for the individual schools when they are looking to hire or lease a minibus or have a teacher pass their D1 driving test.


What makes Castle Minibus different?


With our diverse range of minibus services and departments we like to think of ourselves as ‘One Providers’, capable of organising your rentals and leases, training your drivers, and account managing to your budget simultaneously. Whereby some schools use multiple companies for such services, at Castle Minibus you only need to call one number to get the answer you’re after or the help you need. As well as having a specifically assigned account manager for your school or Multi-Academy Trust, we combine and collaborate our services to suit you.


For Multi Academy Trusts, we have the ability to offer a fixed price to all of your schools, for each service used, therefore eliminating any discrepancies, making each individual school’s life easier. We also organise everything through your head office, eradicating the middle person, saving you time and making the process transparent for everyone.

In addition to providing your fundamental minibus services; leasing, rentals, training and rehoming, at Castle, we provide the management of your fleet, checking any maintenance issues and mileage, conducting safety inspections and MOT’s, servicing the vehicles and taking care of any minibuses that are no longer used.

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Where driver training is concerned, the team at Castle Driver Training offer a unique service. We travel to your premises to save you time, support your teachers throughout the process from day one, and send reminders of important tasks and dates. These factors, plus the experience level of our professional A.D.I. trainers, all help to obtain our exceptional pass rate of 90%, in fact, one in ten teachers who have passed their D1 driving test in the UK have done so with Castle Driver Training.

To streamline your processes, saving your Multi Academy Trust, or individual school, time and money, call our team on 01869 717497 or send an email to enquiries@castleminibus.co.uk. Our friendly account managers are on hand to create the bespoke package you need, considering all of your requirements and relieving you of the stress.

Further reading about Multi Academy Trusts can be found on the NGA website and gov.uk


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