Proposed merger for KMAT.
Plans have recently been announced on the proposed merger of Knutsford Multi-Academy Trust (KMAT) with Congleton Multi-Academy Trust (Cmat) and These trusts exist to serve their schools and support them in providing the best education possible.
The merger talks arose recently following the announcement of David Hermitt’s decision to retire from his post as the Congleton Trust’s chief executive. Following an extensive ‘futures’ exercise, Congleton approached Knutsford with a proposal to merge our trusts.
As part of the proposal Trustees have asked Mike Cladingbowl, the current Chief Executive for KMAT, to lead the new trust, with support from David Twambley at CMAT.
Mike Cladingbowl commented: “Our trusts have similar values and approaches. Above all, we believe in allowing each school to retain its distinctive and successful ethos. We also know that a new, slightly larger, trust will have greater capacity to support the ambition of individual schools, help children to reach their potential and benefit from the greater resources that partnership brings.”
David Twambley (Chief Operating Office at CMAT) commented, “I’m delighted that this is now a very real possibility. It’s a change to the trust arrangements, rather than to the schools themselves, so we don’t expect it to alter any child’s experience at school other than to improve it over time. We’ve already spoken with staff and governing bodies and there’s lots of enthusiasm for the merger.”
The new trust would include the following schools across Knutsford, Congleton, Crewe and North Staffordshire:
Black Firs Primary, Congleton
Castle Primary, Mow Cop
Cheshire Studio School, Knutsford
Congleton High School, Congleton
Egerton Primary, Knutsford
Knutsford Academy. Knutsford
Sir William Stanier, Crewe
The Oaks Academy, Crewe
The proposal will be discussed by the Department for Education Head Teacher Board on the week 13 July 2020.
To have your views considered by the HTB before a final decision is made you can email: WMRSC.Consultation@education.gov.uk by 9 July 2020.
In your email you should include:
· your relationship to the school
· your views on the proposal to merge CMAT and KMAT
· if you have any alternative proposals
· any other comments on the school’s future
You will not usually get an individual response to your email but your views may be represented at the headteacher board meeting.