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Sacred Heart RC Primary School

together we live and learn, we play and pray

Multi-Academy Trust

Following communication from the Diocese of East Anglia’s Director of Schools, Julie O’Connor and under the direction of Bishop Alan Hopes, Sacred Heart RC Primary School is opening consultation to consider joining the St John the Baptist Catholic Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) with other schools in our Diocese.

With regard to this proposal, our Governors are very supportive of becoming an Academy, joining this MAT and working with the other schools. Governors have considered the pros and cons and have agreed that in joining the MAT it provides the best opportunities for securing and developing Catholic Education in this region.

It is also important to explain how joining the St John the Baptist Catholic MAT would affect current and prospective Sacred Heart children,  staff and parents. All can all be reassured that the current school name, uniform, structures and admissions will not change and the conditions of service for staff, employment rights etc. are protected. The Heads of the schools proposing to join have visited the other schools currently in the MAT and have seen that each school keeps its separate identity and a strong level of independence. This proposal to join the MAT is simply the next progression within our cluster of schools and is designed to benefit not just Sacred Heart but all the other Catholic Schools in the Diocese. 

In order to fully inform and reassure all parties, we are undertaking this consultation, which will run from 19th October until 1st December 2018. We have created a bespoke email for questions and clarifications: . Additionally, our Headteacher is always happy to speak with any interested parties and can be contacted via the school email.

Our Governors  are excited about the next step in working closely with Catholic schools, under the direction of the Diocese and welcome your thoughts and involvement as we look forward.

For more information about the St John the Baptist Catholic MAT please see