Extol Multi Academy Trust (MAT) is based in Hartlepool in the north east of England and currently oversees the governance of Eldon Grove Academy in Hartlepool, an outstanding National Support School, New Silksworth Academy in Sunderland and Thorntree Academy in Middlesbrough as well as being an approved DfE sponsor for other schools.

The Trust is headed by CEO Julie Deville, who whilst retaining her position as practicing Executive Head Teacher of Eldon Grove Academy – an acclaimed Primary School – is also a National Leader for Education and a recognised turnaround specialist for under-performing schools.

Extol’s modus operandi is one based on strong leadership, excellent pedagogy, shared best-practice and an underpinning moral purpose to deliver the best possible education for young people.

Allied with professionalism and business-like governance at an operational level, Extol has built an enviable reputation as a MAT which delivers an enriching educational experience for pupils and, ultimately, helps them reach their highest level of individual achievement.


Our ethos is characterised by a culture of positive attitude, high expectation and aspiration. These are related to the whole learning community, pupils and staff.

Everyone will succeed

Everyone deserves the widest opportunities to achieve success

Outstanding pupil behaviour is expected at all times

Outstanding standards underpin all that we do

External factors are not be a barrier to learning or success

Staff are role models, modeling a growth mindset and resilience in their own practice


The overarching vision for all schools within Extol Trust is that ‘each academy within the Trust should be an outstanding school, “a stand out school”, developing young people who achieve highly and are well-rounded ambitious individuals, equipped in all respects for a modern, diverse society. ‘

This is achieved by:

Our schools working in partnership in order to achieve the aim of all pupils attending a “stand out” school; learning from and with each other

Developing, supporting and challenging high performing academies providing world class outcomes for all pupils

Investing in purposeful, relevant professional development for all staff to secure a highly professional and committed team

Engaging with external partners to enhance the Trust’s provision


The strap line of Inspiration, Excellence and Partnership underpins our ethos and values.

Extol is a MAT that inspires all of its schools to outstanding school status; to be that “stand out school”; we constantly seek inspiration from local, national and international initiatives/research and passionately believe that by investing in our workforce we develop an inspiring, professional team.

Excellent leadership, pedagogy and the sharing of best-practice across the Trust ensures that pupils have an outstanding and enriching educational experience.

Each school within the Trust is celebrated and recognised for its strengths, we believe that a true partnership allows us to learn with and from each other.

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