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Exciting New Merger Proposed for Cmat and KMAT

Plans have recently been announced for the proposed merger of two well-known, locally based Academy Trusts: Congleton Multi-Academy Trust (Cmat) and Knutsford Multi-Academy Trust (KMAT). These trusts exist to serve their schools and support them in providing the best education possible.   

The merger talks arose recently following the announcement of David Hermitt’s decision to retire from his post as the Congleton trust’s chief executive. Following an extensive ‘futures’ exercise, Congleton approached Knutsford with a proposal to merge the trusts.

As part of the proposal, Trustees have asked Mike Cladingbowl, the current Chief Executive for KMAT, to lead the new trust, with support from David Twambley, Chief Operating Office at Cmat. 

Mike Cladingbowl commented: “Our trusts have similar values and approaches. Above all, we believe in allowing each school to retain its distinctive and successful ethos. We also know that a new, slightly larger, trust will have greater capacity to support the ambition of individual schools, help children to reach their potential and benefit from the greater resources that partnership brings.”   

David Twambley commented: “I’m delighted that this is now a very real possibility.  It’s a change to the trust arrangements, rather than to the schools themselves, so we don’t expect it to alter any child’s experience at school other than to improve it over time.  We’ve already spoken with staff and governing bodies and there’s lots of enthusiasm for the merger.”

The new trust would include the following schools across Knutsford, Congleton, Crewe and North Staffordshire: 

  • Black Firs Primary, Congleton
  • Castle Primary, Mow Cop
  • Cheshire Studio School, Knutsford
  • Congleton High School, Congleton
  • Egerton Primary, Knutsford
  • Knutsford Academy. Knutsford
  • Sir William Stanier, Crewe
  • The Oaks Academy, Crewe

The proposal will be discussed by the Department for Education Head Teacher Board (HTB) on Thursday 16th July 2020.

To have your views considered by the HTB before a final decision is made you can email: WMRSC.Consultation@education.gov.uk by Thursday 9th July 2020.

In your email you should include the following:

  • your relationship to the trust
  • your views on the proposal to merge Cmat and KMAT
  • any alternative proposals you may have
  • any other comments on the trust’s future

You will not usually receive an individual response to your email but your views may be represented at the headteacher board meeting.


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