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

Academy Information & Guidance

Diocese of Salford CAT plans March 2019
Department for Education Conversion Form
Directors Information and Application Pack
Flow Diagram to Conversion
Diocese of Salford MAT Advice for Headteachers and Governing Bodies
Diocese of Salford Model CAT Framework for Continuous Improvement
MAT Scheme of Delegation – May 2019
Scheme of Delegation Appendix 1 Governance Roles & Responsibilities May 2019
Conditional Consent Forms – Stage 1 & 2
CMAT Updates May 2016
CMAT Updates September 2016
CMAT Updates February 2017
Diocese of Salford CAT Map

Policy Documents

Articles of Association
Memorandum of Understanding

Catholic Senior Executive Leader

Diocese of Salford Person Specification for CSEL post
Diocese of Salford Model Job Description CSEL