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

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“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.

ThemeMembershipTimescaleLed by
School Improvement StrategyExec Heads, Headteachers, specialist leaders, membership through expressions of interest to the Schools Dept1st March 2021 – start-up of new MATsSchools Department
WellbeingExec Heads, Headteachers, Chairs of Governors initially + other staff as the work developsSummer Term 2021 – start-up of new MATsunder review
Catholic Life & EthosExec Heads, Headteachers, Lay Chaplains, Clergy, Trustees, membership through expression of interest to MAT Steering Group. Sub Group to explore Joint Schools15th March 2021 – start-up of new MATsAlan Dewhurst
ProcurementFinance Directors, School Business Managers, membership through expressions of interest to MAT Development Groupend April – 9th July 2021MAT Development Group
(Phil Curtis/Cecilia Emery)
GovernanceGovernors, prospective Directors, Trustees, Headteachers, Schools Department, membership through expressions of interest to MAT Steering Groupend April – 9th July 2021MAT Development Group
(Neil Weightman)
Finance & HRFinance Directors, School Business Managers, Headteachers, membership through expressions of interest to MAT Development Group1st June – 31st October 2021MAT 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: 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.

Latest Newsletter

Previous Newsletters

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 …..


Key Documents

Model Articles for Catholic Multi Academy Trust - February 2019

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.

CEO Recruitment 

Applications are now open for the CEO posts of our two new Diocese of Hallam Catholic Multi-Academy Trusts.    The closing date for applications is 9am on 3rd June 2021.  Adverts are being placed in the TES and the Guardian online. Our partners in the process, SATIS Education, are supporting Trustees with the recruitment. A full candidate information pack and application form is available from the link below:

To access the pack and form click on the Express your Interest tab.


Foundation Director Recruitment

Please click on the links below to find out more and apply.

Foundation Director Information Pack

Foundation Director Application Form


General Recruitment

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:

Recruitment Insert Schools

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)

Phil Curtis

Neil Weightman

Cecilia Emery