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Our DMAT is Growing 

Friday 15th September 2017

Our DMAT is Growing 

Our DMAT is Growing 

We are celebrating the first two years of running a Diocesan Multi Academy Trust (DMAT) in Suffolk. We are delighted with progress which shows our commitment to providing high standards of education rooted in Christian values.
Archdeacon David Jenkins, Chair of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan MAT, said: “It is two years since the first school joined the Diocesan MAT.  “We now have 14 church primary schools in the trust. We have enjoyed steady growth and are delighted with the progress in our schools".
“We have developed networks for heads, governors and staff to enable the sharing of good practice. At a time when school budgets are under pressure, it is vital to find ways of working collaboratively with other schools and MATs are one way of doing so.”
Sean Cornish, Headteacher at Chelmondiston Church of England Primary School which joined the MAT this summer, said: “Governors took the decision to join the Diocesan MAT because we wanted to work with like-minded schools who shared the values that were already at the core of what we do as a school. 

A Multi-Academy Trust is a single entity established to undertake strategic collaboration across several schools.  The role of a Trust is to improve and maintain high educational standards in schools and offer an overarching responsibility for governance.   Academies are funded by the Department for Education and more information is available at the DMAT website.


Picture caption: Taken at Long Melford CofE Primary School, from left to right are:

Top: Headteachers Paul Ryle (Mellis) and Sean Cornish (Chelmondiston),

Bottom: Caroline Robinson (Director), Heather Hann (Head of School Improvement), then Liz Campbell (Tudor), Harriet Pope (Bramfield), Jane Le Grice (Stoke by Nayland), Debbie Scurrell (Eyke), Karen Read (Sproughton), Matthew Coombs (Hartest), Andrew Frolish (St Mary's, Hadleigh), James Leese (St Mary's, Woodbridge), Jane Sheat (MAT CEO) and Amanda Woolmer (Long Melford).