Societas Multiacademy Trust


Summerbank is part of the Societas Trust, which is made up of five primary academies in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.  The Trust has grown out of the collaborative work of the Headteachers of these five schools, formalising a shared commitment to the continuing development of each of the Academies.

Providing great learning opportunities and outcomes for all are at the heart of the Societas Vision, within a like-minded community which also celebrates diversity.  Through our commitment to the vision everyone is valued and encouraged to excel.

To support this commitment, we:

  • work collaboratively, not competitively;
  • maintain the leadership structure within each academy ( no executive head/ lead school);
  • retain individual governing bodies within each academy.

To ensure each academy has an equal voice in the work of the Trust as a whole, a unique governance structure has been developed where each school / academy has a seat on the Directors’ Board and on the Executive.                 

The Societas Trust website offers more detail on the principles of the Trust, policies, personnel and the other founding academies.  Key information about the trust can be found below.

Key Trust Personnel 

Chair of the Trust Board – Guy Weir

Vice-Chair of the Trust board – Carol Dudson

CEO, Accounting Officer & Trust Designated Safeguarding Lead – Jon Lovatt

Deputy CEO:  Steve Martin

Executive Education Representative:  Nichola Gibson

Trust Education Partner – Debbie Campbell

Finance and Procurement Manager (Chief Finance Officer – CFO) – Sally Henderson

Compliance & Training Manager (Deputy CFO) – Lisa Barnett/Sallie Powell 

Data Protection Officer – Jon Lovatt


Contact the Societas Trust through the Hub Office:

The Hub Office

Ellison Primary Academy
Ellison Street
Newcastle under Lyme

Telephone: 01782 613674

For all enquiries please email –