What we do

We are driven by our vision to ensure all children under the care of St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust are provided with the knowledge, inspiration and guidance needed to fulfil their God-given potential.

A crucial part of achieving this vision involves giving teaching staff the opportunity to focus on raising standards for their school, while the Trust takes the pressure off of other areas, including compliance and operations.

We work collaboratively with our community, joining together to create the best learning experience possible for our children.


The St Ralph Sherwin CMAT is ‘Inspired by the life, message and example of Jesus Christ’. Our Catholic faith is central to the identity of each of our 25 schools and is the foundation of all that we do. Our full-time Lead Lay Chaplain coordinates the work of Chaplaincy across the Trust. It is our desire that all schools will have their own Lay Chaplain, and we are making great strides towards this.

The work of Chaplaincy in schools empowers pupils and staff to positively and creatively contribute to the Catholic life of the community; encounter Jesus Christ through daily prayer and worship, the celebration of the sacraments and the service of others; as well providing guidance and support to all members of our communities, regardless of where they are in their journey of faith.

Pupil engagement and leadership is key to all that we do.  Particularly in schools without a Lay Chaplain, we endeavour to create resources of a high quality to equip pupils to explore many different ways they can live out our faith and calling as missionary disciples.

School Improvement

Our highly experienced School Improvement Team work closely with the leadership of our schools to ensure that every one of our 8,000 pupils receives a consistently high-quality education. Our CEO is a former headteacher in outstanding Catholic schools within the Diocese, as well as working for many years as both an OFSTED and Diocesan Canonical Inspector.

We have a Senior Director of School Improvement (a former Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector), a Deputy Director of School Improvement, and four part-time Trust Leaders of Excellence in Education (TLEEs). All of our Directors and TLEEs have an outstanding record of school improvement as Headteachers, and three of them are currently serving Ofsted Inspectors. Each of our 25 schools receives a regular visit from at least one of our Directors or TLEEs, identifying areas of good practice as well as areas for improvement. Support and guidance is given to improve and, where great work is identified, this is shared with other schools.

We also have an experienced full-time Trust Lead for pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. The final member of our School Improvement Team is our Data Manager, who expertly analyses the information provided on pupil progress, attainment and many other areas to help schools better identify how they can have the greatest impact in ensuring pupils achieve to the best of their ability.

Our School Improvement Team works in partnership with carefully selected Trusts nationally, recognised for exceptional practice. The research wing of the team also works in partnership with Oxford University. There is an absolute drive and ambition to work to the level of the best. The team also works in close partnership with other Diocesan Trusts to share ideas and practice.

Regular training and support is provided to our schools so that each member of staff has the opportunity to increase their expertise, progress in their career, access the latest information and guidance for their role and create links with members of staff in other schools.

Central Services

Being part of the St Ralph Sherwin CMAT means that each school gets the support of our dedicated Finance and HR teams.

The Director of Finance oversees the budget of our trust ensuring that we use the resources entrusted to us to advance the opportunities of our pupils. The central finance team take the burden off schools to allow them to concentrate on constantly improve the standard of education provided for our pupils.

Our HR Manager and her team works closely with the HR teams in the other three CMATs and the HR Director of the four CMATs, so that we can recruit the best candidate to each vacancy, as well as providing dedicated and bespoke support to each schools staffing needs.

Our Estates and Facilities Manager supports our academies with Health and Safety, Statutory Compliance, Contract Management, Building Projects and Procurement; ensuring best value is achieved.