All about NEAT

Walkergate Community School is part of Newcastle East mixed multi Academy Trust (NEAT).

NEAT was set up as a multi-academy trust (MAT) in April 2017.  A MAT is a single organisation set up as a strategic collaboration to improve and maintain high educational standards across a number of schools.  Each school within a MAT is an academy. You can find out about our schools here.

Our MAT is mixed because it includes schools with and without a religious character.  We work closely with the Newcastle Diocesan Education Board about the governance of the trust and the performance of our Church of England school.

NEAT also owns a trading subsidiary company, NEAT Active Limited which runs the community provision at Benfield Sports Centre and the Newcastle PE and School Sport Service

NEAT, like all MATs, is a charitable company limited by guarantee and is defined by our charitable objects – the purpose of the trust.

We are guided by our common purpose – what is important to us - to nurtureeducateachieve and transform, and responsible to our stakeholders:

  •          Children, young people and their families
  •          Employees and volunteers
  •          The communities in which we work
  •          The Regional Schools Commissioner and the Education and Skills Funding Agency


Our strategic plan sets out our vision and strategic aims. The plan was developed with the involvement of directors, local governors, senior leaders and staff across the trust.

Collaboration is at the heart of NEAT’s approach and we aim that individuals at all levels of the trust can contribute and have impact beyond one individual school for the benefit of all children.  Members, directors, local governors and staff join in the dialogue of working together as one trust.

We work with partners outside of our MAT:


  •          Newcastle Teaching School Alliance (NTSA).  Walkergate Community School leads the NTSA and all of the schools in NEAT take part, along with eight primary schools from another multi academy trust within Newcastle. This gives all staff within the alliance opportunities to learn from the strongest practice across the alliance.
  •          Newcastle local authority – we work with the Newcastle Promise Board to support “A city where we all share responsibility for providing the best educational opportunities for all our children and young people”. NEAT and its academies continue to buy a range of support services through service level agreements with the City Council.


In addition to school improvement support from the CEO and through the Newcastle Teaching School Alliance, the NEAT Central Team provides business support to our academies in finance and procurement, HR, corporate governance, information governance, communication and project management. NEAT also provides trust-wide family support and attendance support to our academies and families to enable pupils to thrive and learn at school.

NEAT's registered office is at Heaton Centre, Trewhitt Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5DY, telephone 0191 2284090.