Academy Conversion: DoWMAT

On 1st December 2019, Martley CE Primary School became an Academy and joined the Diocese of Worcester Multi Academy Trust (DoWMAT).  Academies are independent, state-funded schools, which receive their funding directly from central government, rather than through a local authority.  The day-to-day running of the school is with the head teacher or principal, but they are overseen by individual charitable bodies called academy trusts and may be part of an academy chain. These trusts and chains provide advice, support, expertise and a strategic overview.

DoWMAT Vision
The Diocese of Worcester Multi Academy Trust (DoWMAT) will, through its mission statement ‘to love, to learn, to serve’, enable all its academies to flourish so that all stakeholders can ‘live life in all its fullness’. (John 10:10)

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To Love :
For pupils to grow and learn in schools where, as children of God, their individual qualities are nurtured to give them fulfilment, self-worth, the skills to contribute to society and confidence in the future
• For staff, accorded dignity and respect, to be enabled to become the very best practitioners that they can be, inspiring and sharing a joy for learning and aspiration
• For academies to be hospitable to diversity, to become the centre of their communities as places of nurture and beacons of educational excellence
• For all learning to be centred in relationships based upon compassion, generosity, truth–telling, forgiveness and reconciliation

To Learn:
For academies to be resourced and supported so that all pupils within the DoWMAT are enabled to flourish and achieve of their best whatever their starting points
• To ensure staff and governors access high quality professional development so that standards of teaching and learning are excellent
• For academic rigour to be set in the context of rich curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for learning
• For academies to be places where explicit Christian values, collective worship, religious education and opportunities for reflection nurture the spiritual and moral growth of pupils and staff

To Serve:
To fulfil the wider vision of the Church of England, serving our communities through the work of local academies
• To ensure academies are places of safety for pupils and staff where needs are met with dignity and respect
• To offer help and advice to those who lead our academies at all levels so that they are well equipped to face the challenges ahead
• To ensure that Members, Trustees, Local Governing Bodies and Trust staff understand the pressures, challenges and opportunities of education in the 21st century, ensuring that those leading and teaching in our academies are resourced and supported

The Governing Body conducted a review of suitable local MATs and identified the Diocese of Worcester MAT (DoWMAT) as our preferred option given that their ethos and values best aligns with those of our school.

The main motivating driver for the school pursuing the option to become an academy within a MAT, and specifically the DoWMAT is that we believed it provided the best opportunities and potential to continue to improve as a school and as a result provide the best quality education for the children and community of Martley.

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