In January 2016 the Diocesan Trustees issued a memorandum to clergy and schools indicating that schools could begin to consider the option of academy status.

The Diocesan Department for Education has produced a number of advice and guidance documents to support governing body decision making which can be accessed from these pages:

Guidance and Advice to Governing Bodies

2016, April - Salford MAT Initial Advice for Governing Body

2016, May - Salford Diocese MAT Structure

2016, May - The Process of Converting to Academy Status - Flow Diagram

2016, July - Why Before How Document

2016, July - Benefits and Risks Document

2016, Sept - Governance accountabilities and responsibilities within MATs

2016, May - CMAT Update

2016, September - CMAT Update

2017, February - CMAT Update

Presentations and Slides

2016, May - Catholic Multi-Academy Trust Presentation

2016, September - CMAT Briefing Presentation

Useful Links

Common Policy Documents

Articles of Association

Memorandum of Understanding

Conditional Consent stage 1 and 2 - application forms

Directors Information & Application Pack

For general or specific enquiries please email the Academies Lead Officer -

Or the Department Administrative Team -