Milton Keynes Education Trust (MKET) was the first multi-academy trust (MAT) and Department for Education sponsor of both primary and secondary schools to be established in Milton Keynes (2011).
Our aim is to improve education provision by creating and developing a mutually beneficial partnership between academy schools (sponsored or converter) and free schools. Since its foundation, MKET has been building its capacity to support an increasing number of partner schools through the creation of a highly effective Executive Team, excellent professional development and the provision of high quality central services.
There are currently four schools in the Trust: An infant school with nursery provision; a junior school; a primary school and a secondary school. Over 2,700 children and young people are educated in the Trust’s schools which will grow to 4,000 when Walton High’s second campus at Brooklands reaches its capacity in 2022.
In 2018 MKET will open Daubeney Gate, a primary alternative provision free school.
Walton High, Walnut Tree, Milton Keynes was the founding member of MKET. It is a large 11-19 secondary school with a fully comprehensive intake. In November 2016, Walton High opened a second campus nearby under Milton Keynes Council’s Expanding the Best programme. By 2022 Walton High will grow to be one of the largest schools in the country with 3,000 students over two campuses.
New Chapter Primary School, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes was the second school to join MKET in January 2013. New Chapter Primary School was sponsored by the Trust in response to a request from the Local Authority. New Chapter is a primary school with about 300 children in Reception through to Year 6 and serves one of the most deprived areas in Milton Keynes.
Heronsgate School, Walnut Tree, Milton Keynes joined the Trust in April 2013 and is a large junior school with children in Year 3 to Year 6. Half the school’s intake transfers from Kents Hills School which is also part of MKET.
Kents Hill School, Kents Hill, Milton Keynes is the most recent school to join the Trust in September 2014. As a two form entry infant school, Kents Hill School benefits significantly from being part of a larger partnership of schools.
Daubeney Gate School will open in September 2018 and is a brand new 70 place primary alternative provision Free School. This school is opening with the support of primary schools across Milton Keynes and will be influenced by the Forest School concept. Places at Daubeney Gate School will be commissioned by schools to meet the needs of some of their most vulnerable children.