Academy Trusts Strategy

We have three Catholic Academy Trusts (CAT) covering the length and breadth of the diocese. Each CAT covers a number of deaneries and broadly reflect a number of local authority areas. By 2030, the Bishop’s vision is that every school in the diocese will be part of a Catholic Academy Trust.

Every diocesan school is naturally associated with, or is a member of, a CAT. The potential pupil population – similar in each – is around 24,000 learners in a mixed estate of between 50-60 primary and 10 secondary schools.

The diocesan CATs are aligned in their governance arrangements and trust directors, like foundation governors, are appointed on behalf of the bishop by his delegate.

The three Salford diocesan CATs are:

Romero Catholic Academy Trust

St Teresa of Calcutta 

Emmaus Catholic Academy Trust

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Academies Strategy in the Diocese

Up to 2021, the diocesan Trustees and the Diocesan Department for Education envisaged that some schools might convert to voluntary academies and some might remain voluntary aided, blending together in a “mixed economy” within our Diocesan family of Catholic schools. This position is set out in the terms of reference for the Diocesan Trustees’ Schools Committee which has, as one of its responsibilities: “Overseeing, through a specific sub-committee, the establishment of three Catholic Academy Trusts and the conversion of schools to academy status in a sensitive manner and at a timing appropriate to local needs.”

Following a period discernment in spring 2022, the bishop has now affirmed the diocesan academisation strategy for all maintained school in the trusteeship of the diocese of Salford. By 2030, all our family of school will belong to one of three strong Catholic Academy Trusts. Work will begin in autumn 2022, in conjunction with our CATs, to migrate schools into the appropriate trust.

Under ‘latest communications’, this position is given in more detail.

Academy Information and Guidance
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