MAT Development

Catholic Multi-Academy Trusts

In January 2017 NRCDES launched Part 1 of the Diocesan Plan for Catholic Education in the Diocese of Nottingham. The key principle of this being that all the remaining VA schools would attain academy status and become part of one of four larger Catholic Multi-Academy Trusts (CMATs) formed by bringing together the existing MATs along geographic lines.

Part 2 of the Diocesan Plan was published in September 2017. This brought together the results of Working Groups that earlier in the year had looked at the areas of Leadership and Standards, Governance, HR and Finance and Operations and set out in more detail the expectations of how the new CMATs would operate. The proposals were endorsed by Bishop Patrick on 10th October.

The new CMATs will be established on 1st September 2017 timed to coincide with the conversion of the remaining VA schools to academy status.

Local Implementation Teams have been formed to lead both the process of merging the existing MATs and taking the VA schools through the conversion process. Their work is being overseen by a Local Implementation Committee made up of volunteer governors and directors.

In addition to Parts 1 and 2 of the Diocesan Plan you will find on this page a number of documents relating to the establishment of the new MATs and to the process of a school converting from VA to academy status.

Any questions you have related to the development of the new CMATs or the conversion of a VA school to academy status can be sent to You will receive a response as soon as we are able.

Diocesan Plan Part I Jan 2017 Diocesan Plan Part II Sep 2017

D1 - Articles of AssociationD2 - Scheme of Delegation

D3 - Model Diocesan ProtocolD4 - Role Outline and Code of Conduct (Directors)

D5 - Role Outline Company Secretary

D6 - Role Outline and Code of Conduct (Governors)

D7 - Role Outline Clerk to GovernorsD8 - CEO Job Description and Person Spec

D9 - Staffing StructuresD10 - Director of P and S Job Description and Person Spec

D11 - Case Study School Improvement Model

D12 - NRCDES Standards Committee Terms of Reference

Academies - FAQs Dec 2017

Governor Briefing June 17

Governor Role in Focus – linked to governor briefing

VA School to Academy briefing

VA Schools - FAQs Nov 2017