Ministerial Approval Gives the Green Light to Archdiocesan Plans for SJCMAT 

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Following a successful pilot project evaluation, Ministerial approval has been granted to continue the success of St Joseph Catholic Multi Academy Trust. The approval means that our Trust may continue to onboard sponsored and converter academies until December 2024. St Joseph CMAT will then become CMAT 10 as a central Liverpool Trust as part of the Archdiocesan strategy. 

This is an exciting time for Catholic education in Liverpool. The Archdiocese aims for every Catholic school to be part of a named Catholic Multi Academy Trust (CMAT). Its ongoing strategy is to set up 12 CMATs across the region which will be key in promoting, protecting and developing Catholic education and providing the very best opportunities for young people. The Trust is working closely with the Archdiocese of Liverpool on a phased approach to the onboarding of new schools from January 2024 onwards. 

Joan McCarthy, Director of Education at the Archdiocese of Liverpool, said, “The Archdiocese of Liverpool welcomes the DfE announcement on the future of the St Joseph Catholic MAT. We look forward to working with the MAT and the DfE as we progress towards establishing CMAT 10 in line with our published strategy.” 

This announcement comes as we prepare to welcome Notre Dame Catholic College as the third secondary academy in our Trust. Ann Connor OBE, Chair of the SJCMAT Board, said, “I am delighted to welcome Notre Dame Catholic College to our family of schools. Women in my family had been educated by Notre Dame sisters for three generations when I became a pupil at Mount Pleasant. The sisters have given a dedicated and outstanding contribution to education in Liverpool since 1851. I am therefore very proud that St Joseph CMAT will be able to carry their charism onwards in the 21st century.”   

The growth of the St Joseph family will further enrich the opportunities for collaboration as a Trust, which aims to become a centre of excellence in Catholic education for the region. 

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