The Governing Body of Purleigh Community Primary School passed a resolution to convert to academy status and create a multi academy trust. In June 2013 the academy trust became an approved DfE academy sponsor and The Eveleigh LINK Academy Trust was born (TELAT).
In September 2013 Purleigh Community Primary School's Headteacher became Executive Headteacher of Purleigh and Meadgate Primary Schools. Both schools joined the trust on 1st April 2014 with Purleigh becoming an academy converter and Meadgate as a sponsored academy.
In March 2015 TELAT entered into a funding agreement with the DfE to sponsor the newly formed Maltese Road Primary School in Chelmsford who opened in September 2015. In October 2015 Maylandsea Primary School joined TELAT as an academy converter. In September 2016 Larkrise Primary School joined the trust, and finally Tiptree Heath Primary School joined in November 2019.