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The Diocese of Hereford Multi-Academy Trust


A Light in the Hereford Diocese: Grace, Service & Family


In the field of education within our rural region, the Diocese of Hereford Multi-Academy Trust has a vocational mission of Grace and Service, which helps to support our families through strong education


3000 pupils

15 academies

2 community schools

13 Church of England schools

2 secondary schools

13 primary schools

2 Executive Headteachers

11 Headteachers

1 Diocese


We are a Church of England MAT, which stretches across Herefordshire, South Shropshire and Worcestershire.


Formed in January 2014, the group of schools was originally called the Bishop Anthony Educational Trust, after the, then, Bishop of Hereford. St Thomas Cantilupe CE Primary Academy, became the first school to join, in January 2014.


The first four years saw rapid expansion, but, regrettably, without making enough of a positive difference to individual academies. At the end of 2018, eight Ofsted inspections took place, and three academies were placed in Special Measures, one was judged to Require Improvement and four were judged to be Good.


In January 2019 Diocesan Director of Education, Andrew Teale, took over as our Chief Executive.


The trust received an Ofsted Summary Evaluation in March 2019, which provided further help and insight into what needed to improve.


Our MAT was completely restructured in 2019. It has a very strong Board of Directors and a small, but effective, central team, including a new Chief Finance Officer. In 2019, we also changed the leadership structure in six of our academies, recruiting outstanding leaders with a proven track record of school improvement.


In the summer of 2019, our name was changed to the new ‘Diocese of Hereford Multi-Academy Trust’. Every inspection we have received since the summary evaluation has been positive, including ‘Good’ Ofsted and a ‘Good’ church school inspection and a positive Ofsted monitoring visit. We also received a successful Covid secure visit at the end of September 2020.


We work increasingly closely with the various Diocese of Hereford teams, and we exist to help ensure that every child in our region has access to a great education. We are not there yet, but we continue to develop and grow with each new season.


We believe in the power of collaborating schools that work in partnership to improve the education system together.