On 29 January 2016, Canon Anthony McBride, Episcopal Vicar for Education, issued a memorandum to the clergy, headteachers and chairs of governors in the Diocese of Salford regarding a decision made by the Diocesan Trustees that schools could begin to consider the option of converting to academy status. This decision by the Trustees recognised that there is a changing landscape in regard to educational provision and funding since the earlier decision (taken in December 2012) not to allow any of our schools to convert. The Trustees and the Diocesan Department for Education envisaged that some schools might convert and some might remain as they are, blending together in a “mixed economy” within our diocesan family of credible Catholic schools. These contrasting decisions by the Trustees are actually underpinned by the same principle, namely seeking to ensure that we preserve that diocesan family of schools and the rights we have as a Catholic community in regard to education under the dual system. This position is set out in the terms of reference for the Diocesan Trustees’ Schools Committee which has, as one of its responsibilities: “Overseeing, through a specific sub-committee to be known as the Diocesan Trustees Academy Committee, the establishment of Catholic Multi Academy Trusts and the conversion of schools to academy status in a manner and at a timing appropriate to local needs.”

Key Contacts:

  • Rev Canon Michael Cooke VG, Chair of Diocesan Trustees Academy Committee
  • Simon Smith, Director of Education
  • Colin Mason, Academies Lead

For general or specific enquiries please email the Academies Lead at