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Why Choose Our Trust

Cmat has developed wide expertise in supporting education colleagues from early years to further education and is able to extend this competence to other schools who also wish to become academies. This proven track record was recognised by the Department for Education (DfE) when, in March 2016, it approved Cmat as a New Academy Sponsor.

Cmat has identified 5 main advantages to schools who may wish to join:

Clear vision

Cmat provides clear and consistent strategy and vision across the group of schools. This will lead to the sharing of good practice and the streamlining of efforts to secure on-going school improvement. This also enables us to better plan the educational journey of children from nursery, primary, secondary and sixth form or college towards employment.

Sharing of resources

Cmat has the ability to pool resources such as staff, curriculum expertise and other services. Since there is a single employer, the staff are able to work across the whole group rather than in just one setting. This can improve the quality of staffing and retain expertise as well as improving the delivery of intervention activities. Schools within Cmat can also benefit from the use of shared assets such as the fleet of minibuses. 

Economies of scale

Economies of scale for the schools in the Cmat will reduce their overall costs, thus providing greater value for money. We expect that we will be able to raise the standards of administrative support, ICT procurement and other back office activities for all academies in Cmat as well as provide savings on financial reporting.  Cmat aims to provide economies of scale so that each Academy can reduce its operating costs.

Governance

The Board of Directors will establish at each Academy, a Local Governing Body (LGB) and a Principal who will retain the responsibility for day-to-day leadership and operational management. The LGB and Principal would play a key role in the leadership and management of Cmat. For example, each Principal could have Trust-wide responsibilities. In our small market town we have a large number of parents who are willing to be active in the running of their local school. Cmat would tap in to a wide range of stakeholders using the LGB.

Financial strengths

Cmat has a healthy financial position. The prudent use of these funds has resulted in capital developments such as refurbishments as well as providing enhanced pay and benefits for staff (e.g. salary sacrifice scheme and medical benefits). This has allowed it to retain and attract the very best staff using the Academy pay freedoms. These financial strengths will be shared with all the Academies in the group. Cmat has also already established an Audit Committee. This will be extended to cover all the Academies to ensure the security of public funds is safeguarded centrally. This Audit Committee provides a means of accountability back to the Cmat Board. The CEO would act as chief accounting officer providing one point of contact over the group of Academies.

More information can be found in the Cmat brochure in the downloads section to the right of the page.

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  • “By working together and sharing all of our expertise it is envisaged that our family of schools will continue to grow and develop providing exceptional learning opportunities for all of our pupils.” Jill Mason, Headteacher at Castle Primary School