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Thinking of joining our Trust

As a growing Trust, we are keen to work with and support schools at all points of their Academy journey. From initial conversations and questions to managing the conversion process, we are experienced in the level of support that we can provide. 

The Diocese of Westminster's Academy Strategy calls on all Catholic Schools, that are not yet academies, to engage in conversations through its Family of Schools model to explore the benefits that working in closer collaboration, as part of a Catholic Academy Trust, can bring. 

The All Saints Catholic Academy Trust (ASCAT) is the destination CAT for 'Family 1', which consists of Hertfordshire schools in the Watford, St Albans and Dacorum areas. 

You can read more about the process of exploring academisation and the support that we can provide for this in our guide for schools below:

ascat schools booklet.pdf

 

What are the benefits of  belonging to a Trust?

Becoming one of our Trust schools has great benefits. By joining ASCAT you will:

  • Join a team of strong professional leaders

Trust leaders use their experience, knowledge and professional judgement to overcome challenges and by working together, find solutions and share best practice across the Trust’s Learning Community.

  • Benefit from economies of scale

As a Trust we have already negotiated contracts offering our academies better value for money such as Payroll, MIS and Finance Systems and Management, Risk Assessment and audit. We are currently exploring catering, statutory testing, facilities management, IT support and utility contracts.

The Trust has already in place CPD programme for NQTs and Aspiring Leaders and hosts an annual Trust Development Day.

Efficiency savings are also achieved from some administrative functions being managed centrally;

  • Benefit from a standardised HR and payroll system/partner
  • Trust-wide policies and processes
  • Be able to resource where leaders, teachers and other staff could be shared across more than one academy where required to find solutions to teaching or recruitment challenges
  • School Improvement resources and support
  • Shared Executive Leadership and Area Business Management for cluster academies
  • Strong progressive governance framework and programme in place to support the Trust, academies, governors and clerks

For more information, or to ask for a member of the Trust to explore the benefits of being part of our Trust with your school and governors, please email:

ceo@ascat.co.uk