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Education Service News Item

Academies Update - May 2015

Trustees have carefully considered the Academies question and have agreed to the establishment of a small number of cluster MATs across the Diocese in place of one single Diocesan Multi Academy Trust. This is excellent news which it is hoped will be received very positively by schools.

The precise number of cluster MATs across the Diocese is still being determined but it is very likely to be in single figures. Likewise, the possible composition of MATs is currently under careful consideration.

It has been agreed that the process will be ‘trialled’ through establishing the first cluster MAT, and work has already begun on this. Following its successful establishment, further cluster MATs will be set up. It continues to be for individual schools to consider whether or not to apply to become an academy, and whether becoming an academy would enhance the Catholic life of the school.

The Education Service is facilitating the process carefully whilst, as before, maintaining the Diocese’s neutral stance towards Academies. Carole Ann Roycroft (as Chair of the Shadow Board) and Marie Ryan will be in touch with schools before half-term in order to share more information, to advise governing bodies on possible next steps, and to seek your views.