St Michael Catholic Primary School & Nursery

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Academy Conversion

You may be aware that over four years ago Cardinal Vincent Nichols invited Catholic Schools across the Diocese of Westminster to explore the possibility of forming Catholic Academy Trusts (CAT). The long-term vision for the Diocese is for all schools to form families of Catholic Academy Trusts so we have been exploring the potential opportunities that such an arrangement might have for some years now, predominantly with Spelthorne’s other Catholic schools.  As the Diocese has encouraged us to work with their schools across Richmond and Hounslow, we have had discussions with them too.


We can see huge potential in forming a Catholic Academy Trust and being fully involved from its inception, helping to shape and develop a trust that will benefit all of our pupils and students. 


Please see the information below which explains our reasoning and contains information about the consultation process between 7th March 2022 and 1st April 2022. Please see the summary of responses to this consultation. 


The school now plans to convert to an academy and be a founding member of the Ascension Catholic Academy Trust on 1st December 2022.