Catholic Academy Trusts
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon commented that Catholic education faces challenges from groups within society who are not supportive of Catholic education; it is therefore important that we find ways to come together as a Catholic community to support and protect Catholic education.
The development of Local Deanery based Catholic MATs is a way in which our Catholic schools can come together in natural groupings based on existing Church structures to collaborate and support each other. In some parts of the country these Catholic Trusts have been referred to as CATs (Catholic Academy Trusts) to distinguish them from other commercially based academy chains. This is a principle that we are in sympathy with.