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CARE Foundation Trust

CARE Foundation Trust


We are part of The CARE Foundation Trust, a family of 10 primary schools located mainly in the Ashford area. We are a Cooperative Education Foundation Trust who have created a Trust in which we work together on an equal basis. Please click here to view the Trust website. 

The schools in the Trust are:


Aldington Primary School

Brabourne Primary School

Brook Primary School

Challock Primary School

Chilham St Mary’s Primary School

Goat Lees Primary School

Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Mersham Primary School

Phoenix Primary School

Smeeth Primary School



Our vision is for the Trust to build on and strengthen the collaboration which has already been achieved in terms of support and sharing best practice, and to create a learning community which seeks to further improve teaching and learning for all. Being part of a trust ensures each school can maintain their own individuality – ethos and vision – whilst allowing a support network which will give all participating schools the opportunity to succeed.


The CARE Foundation Trust will work together to ensure a high-quality learning experience for children within Trust schools. The Trust will provide a strong and well-tested legal entity through which to collaborate more effectively for the benefit of our pupils. The trust will seek to engage external partners to strengthen the quality of education on offer.


As a Co-operative Education Trust, we will adopt and support the values and principles of the co-operative movement in our work: all Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. Co-operative members also believe in honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. Members of the Foundation Trust board will continue to consult with and represent all members of the school communities and other stakeholders involved in our schools including staff, pupils, parents and members of the local communities.