What is a MAT

A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) runs multiple academies, as opposed to a Single Academy Trust which runs only one.

The Sentamu Academy Learning Trust has three layers of governance (the Members of the trust, the Board of Trustees and Local Governing Committees).

The Members of the trust have limited financial liability to the trust and can appoint and remove Trustees. The Trustees oversee the running of the MAT and determine its strategic direction; the Trustees are also responsible for ensuring compliance with charity and company law and the academy trust’s Funding Agreement. The Trustees are accountable to the Members of the trust and the Secretary of State.

The Board of Trustees have delegated some of its functions to the Local Governing Committees via a Scheme of Delegation. Local Governors who sit on the Local Governing Committees are not Trustees. A Master Funding Agreement is with the MAT and Supplemental Funding Agreements with each individual academy as signed by the Secretary of State for Education.

“Staff talk about being part of the school family and are proud to work there”

Newland St John’s Academy Ofsted

“Pupils described how well staff get to know them and how carefully staff listen to what they say”

Aspire Academy Ofsted

“Teachers value the range of professional development opportunities which enable them to improve the quality of their teaching”

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

“Leaders and managers, including governors, are passionate about giving pupils the best opportunities for future success. Leaders have driven the improvements to the quality of education in this school with determination”

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

“Pupils’ excellent behaviour and good attendance reflect the school’s high expectations. Pupils are proud of their school and all that it stands for”

St James’ Church of England Academy Ofsted

“A strong culture of safeguarding permeates the school. Pastoral staff know the pupils and their families well and provide very effective care and support. Pupils speak highly of the staff who keep them safe and say they are happy at school”

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

“Pupils grow and flourish in the caring ethos that underpins all that the school does. Parents and carers value the strong sense of community you encourage within the school’s very diverse cultural and social mix where everyone is treated with kindness and respect”

Newland St John’s Church of England Academy Ofsted

“Effective teaching in this school is characterised by teachers’ sound subject knowledge, backed up by a deep understanding of pupils’ different needs and the most effective approach to secure the best learning from each pupil”

Aspire Academy Ofsted

“The development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning is
a strength of the school. The Christian ethos is very clear and embedded”

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

“Links to the local church and the school’s strong focus on social responsibility, tolerance and respect ensure that provision for pupils’ personal development, welfare, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding”

St James’ Church of England Academy Ofsted