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Why was Cmat Established?

The creation of Cmat was a natural progression of the work being done by the Senior Leadership Team at Congleton High School and it builds on their skills, expertise and proven track record in running a successful academy.

From the outset, they identified several future challenges and opportunities in educational provision in the Congleton area that could be met by a multi-academy trust:

  • Primary school conversion to academy status

The formation of Cmat provides suitable ‘good’ primary schools in the local area with a simple route to academy status. In joining the Trust, they can gain all of the freedoms associated with converting to an academy without the risks or burden of doing it alone. Each proposal to expand the group will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and Cmat will carry out detailed due diligence checks to ensure that we are capable of supporting another Academy without weakening the group. 

Cmat has a flexible structure that allows member schools to retain their own identity and individual characteristics and yet take advantage of the benefits of collaborating within the one Trust, such as economies of scale or the sharing of staff, services and facilities. 

  • Vocational provision

Cmat identified that there has long been a lack of vocational provision in the town of Congleton. Our young people have had to travel out of the town to access vocational courses. To address this need, the Trust established 'The Congleton College' within the Congleton High Sixth Form offering, developing vocational courses and apprenticeships as an alternate career progression route for students. .

  • Expanding towns

The recent rapid and continuous housing growth in our area, particularly across Congleton, has led to a high demand for school places and will require at least one new school to be established soon. We hope that our Trust, with its strong track record of success and progress, and as a DfE New Academy Sponsor, will be called upon to deliver this for our communities.