The Small Schools Multi Academy Trust was formed in 2015 to support small schools working in rural communities provide the very best education possible for those communities.

Our vision is threefold:-

  • To deliver the highest quality learning for pupils in an environment that values the friendliness and familiarity that small numbers allow;

  • To ensure that a rural community has a future, and can thrive, if quality education is at its heart;

  • To extend learning beyond the confines of the school into the community and beyond.


Our values are threefold:-

  • That every child is a child of God irrespective of gender, ethnicity, religion, ability or family background and as such is unique and to be nurtured and be brought to full potential;

  • That the ethos that underpins our attitudes and behaviours is that we will love our neighbours as ourselves;

  • That learning and being taught well in a caring community makes us better and stronger people.


We currently lead foiur schools and anticipate that other schools will join us in our journey in the not too distant future.

We are accountable to our Board of Directors and Trust Members, and the parent and community voice are heard through our Local Advisory Group.

Our experience of collaborative  and joint leadership goes back to federated governance in 2007 in two of the schools. Collaboration makes us strong.



If there is any information that you require that is currently not appearing on our website, or you would like paper copies of any of the information, please do not hesitate to contact the office on office@tssmat.staffs.sch.uk or call 01543 472 245


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The St. Mary's C. E. Primary School

Bellamour Way, Colton, Staffordshire

The St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School is situated in the village of Colton, close to the neighbouring town of Rugeley. Children from the age of 3-11 who live in Colton or the surrounding area attend the school.

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The Richard Crosse C. E. Primary School

Crawley Lane, Kings Bromley, Staffordshire

The Richard Crosse Church of England Primary School, in the village of Kings Bromley, is the largest school in the Trust. The school is registered to teach children from 3-11 years of age.

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The Howard Primary School

 The Square, Elford, Staffordshire

The Howard Primary School opened in 1856 to serve the village of Elford. Children aged 4- 11 from the village and the nearby town of Tamworth attend.

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