St Chads CE (VC) Primary School


Tuesday 8th March, 2022

The Sutton-based  Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) is delighted to announce that two Lichfield primary schools have become part of its growing educational family.

St Chad’s C of E VC Primary School and St Michael’s C of E C Primary School officially became part of the highly respected partnership on February 1.

They join primaries in Birmingham, Tamworth, Warwickshire and Sutton Coldfield as well as neighbouring Lichfield primaries Greysbrooke and Scotch Orchard.

In total, the 19-strong ATLP multi-academy trust now unites thirteen primary schools, six secondary schools and one national teaching school hub across Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Staffordshire.

Led by Richard Gill CBE, who is also chair of the national Teaching Schools Hub Council, the ATLP has a proven track record of rigorous school improvement where Headteachers and other leaders work together to share best practice and learn from one another as well as from other external networks and partnerships.

St Chad’s and St Michael’s join ATLP after a period of mutual due diligence which has included formal consultation with parents, staff and the local community.

St Michael’s headteacher Helen Robertson said:

“It is absolutely fantastic to be part of the ATLP – we have been associated with the teaching School side of Arthur Terry for more than 10 years, so it seems like a natural fit to be part of the wider Learning Partnership. I am looking forward to engaging with a wider family of schools that are at the cutting edge of teaching, which will have a very positive impact on our own craft of teaching and learning opportunities for our children.”

St Chad’s headteacher Julie Smith said: 

“We are very excited to be joining the ATLP – I think that, as a small Church of England School, it will bring all kinds of opportunities for both staff and pupils. We have already been working with the Partnership the positive impact that is having on us is already evident, as it is already allowing us to share Ideas with other schools in the family, and learn more about what is done elsewhere. I talk about St Chad’s being a family, and by joining the ATLP, our family has just got bigger.”

Richard Gill CBE said:

“I’m delighted to welcome St Michael’s and St Chad’s to the ATLP. These are much-loved schools that have a real connection with the communities they serve, and encourage a happy, secure and caring learning environment, imbued with the strong, loving Christian values that are the hallmark of C of E primary schools. I’m looking forward to working with Helen, Julie and their dedicated teams, and seeing how being part of the ATLP family can further enrich their pupils’ school lives.”

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership is based in Sutton Coldfield. It has more than 10,000 students, staff and governors. 


Helen Robertson and Julie Smith, headteachers of St Michael’s and St Chad’s C of E Primary Schools in Lichfield, which have joined the ATLP.