Saint Mary's

Catholic Primary School, Congleton


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Academy Status


During the past year, the Full Governing Body of Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary school has been deciding whether the school should consider converting to an Academy in order to join the Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Academy Trust (“MAT”).  A Multi-Academy Trust is a group of schools who work collaboratively and are governed by one academy trust, but where each school nonetheless retains its own governing body in order to continue making decisions at a local level.  All Hallows Catholic College (AHCC) is currently the only other member of the Holy Family of Nazareth MAT, but two other primary schools, St Alban’s in Macclesfield and St Paul’s in Poynton (who also feed into AHCC) have also taken the decision to explore conversion to Academy status in order to join the MAT.  The DfE and Diocese have considered our joint application and have granted permission for us to explore the possibility further. We are now writing to you in order to seek your views, as part of the conditions for conversion require us to have a formal consultation with all stakeholders.


Governors have to demonstrate that they are aware of the views of the community. Therefore, we would welcome all your comments and questions. There will be a public meeting on Wednesday 14th January 2015 at 7pm at the school. Alternatively, you are invited to submit your comments and views in writing to:  or

To the Chair of Governors, Mrs Catherine Ingram, at Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary, Belgrave Avenue, Congleton, CW12 1HT.


As part of your response please include your name and indicate your relationship to our school e.g. parent, parishioner, parish priest, etc. The closing date for representations is 5pm on Friday 23rd January 2014.


These are exciting times in the continued development of Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary School and we value your partnership. The MAT is based on the Diocesan model which the governing body feels will enable Saint Mary’s to continue to thrive and make a full contribution to the wider common good of its community. Any decision on whether or not to convert to Academy status will be taken by the Governing Body based on what is considered best for our school, our pupils, staff and the wider Catholic community. We have attached some questions and answers, which we hope you will find useful.

Kind regards

Mrs Catherine Ingram                 Mrs Sacha Humphries

Chair of Governors                     Headteacher