This section of the website provides information about the development of multi academy trusts (MATs) in the Diocese of Hallam.
This is a new page that we intend to use to keep everyone informed about this exciting new project. If you have suggestions of how it could be improved please email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” – Matthew 25: 31-46
47 schools in the Diocese of Hallam, 19 are Voluntary Aided, 28 are Academies of these 23 are Single Academy Trusts.
We support 16,700 children and young people in our schools, 3400 are from the most deprived backgrounds, 2000 have special educational needs or disabilities and 2800 have English as an additional language.
The Diocese of Hallam has long shared a vision for all schools to be part of high achieving Catholic MATs with a strong moral purpose around delivering the best possible experiences for our most vulnerable pupils. Proposals have been in the making since November 2017 and these are now being developed further to secure the right model for schools in the Diocese of Hallam. Bishop Ralph wrote to all schools in January 2021 setting out his intention and the MAT Steering Group issued an update document in February 2021 summarising the vision. Click on the documents below to read more about this exciting development.
A number of theme groups will operate throughout the project as set out below. The timescales, focus and duration may vary to meet the needs of the project.
|School Improvement Strategy||Exec Heads, Headteachers, specialist leaders, membership through expressions of interest to the Schools Dept||1st March 2021 – start-up of new MATs||Schools Department|
|Wellbeing||Exec Heads, Headteachers, Chairs of Governors initially + other staff as the work develops||Summer Term 2021 – start-up of new MATs||under review|
|Catholic Life & Ethos||Exec Heads, Headteachers, Lay Chaplains, Clergy, Trustees, membership through expression of interest to MAT Steering Group. Sub Group to explore Joint Schools||15th March 2021 – start-up of new MATs||Alan Dewhurst|
|Procurement||Finance Directors, School Business Managers, membership through expressions of interest to MAT Development Group||end April – 9th July 2021||MAT Development Group
(Phil Curtis/Cecilia Emery)
|Governance||Governors, prospective Directors, Trustees, Headteachers, Schools Department, membership through expressions of interest to MAT Steering Group||end April – 9th July 2021||MAT Development Group
|Finance & HR||Finance Directors, School Business Managers, Headteachers, membership through expressions of interest to MAT Development Group||1st June – 31st October 2021||MAT Development Group
(Phil Curtis/Cecilia Emery)
Click on the documents below for details about each group.
We are capturing questions as the project progresses and will update FAQs at regular intervals. FAQs specific to parents will be added in the summer term. Click on the documents below to read more about the questions asked so far and the responses provided. If you have additional questions please let us know by email to: email@example.com and we will include them in the next update in the summer term.
Hallam Schools Together newsletters are sent out fortnightly during term time direct to Headteachers for sharing with staff, Chairs of Governors for sharing with governors and Clergy by email. Click on the documents below to read back copies.
The governance arrangements for the Catholic Multi Academy Trusts are set out below. Scroll down to access links to the key governance and model legal documents. Further documents will be uploaded to this page at the point as soon as they are developed.
Governance Structure Chart coming soon …..
This section will include details of the recruitment process and timelines for CEOs, CFOs and the appointment of Members as soon as these are available.
For general recruitment to schools during the MAT development process we offer a one page insert for schools to use in their recruitment packs to inform potential candidates of the journey we are on together. Click on the document below:
The project is commissioned by Bishop Ralph through the MAT Steering Group. The MAT Steering Group Members are:
Rev Chris Posluszny - Trustee and Chair of the MAT Steering Group
Ms Patricia McGrath - Trustee
Mrs Amanda Ryalls - Trustee
Rev Damian Humphries - Trustee
Rev Peter McGuire - Trustee and Episcopal Vicar for Schools
Mr Ed Whittaker - Financial Secretary to the Diocese of Hallam
Mr Alex Prior - Member of the MAT Steering Group
The MAT Development Group is commissioned by Bishop Ralph to work alongside the Schools Department and is accountable to the MAT Steering Group in delivering the vision. The MAT Development Group is:
Janice Murphy (Project Lead) firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Curtis email@example.com
Neil Weightman firstname.lastname@example.org
Cecilia Emery email@example.com