for parents

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT)?

A MAT is a community of schools with one central team managing many of the business roles of a school. The idea is to provide schools with a kind of group strength which they otherwise would not have immediate access to and to draw on the expertise of their central team.

What is the Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT)?

LAAT is a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) which was set up by the Diocese of Lincoln to build a mutually supportive family of academies who support each other in providing the very best outcomes for their pupils. LAAT is dedicated to supporting school improvement and Christian distinctiveness, whilst maintaining each school as a special and unique place in the heart of its unique context.

LAAT has been approved by the Department of Education as an academy sponsor to operate a number of academies under a single charitable company.  It is a company limited by guarantee.  An exempt charity.

What’s the benefit to my child?

There a number of benefits to a school, and therefore the children, of being part of a MAT. Below are some of the main benefits

  • Funding: Although academy schools receive exactly the same funding per child as maintained schools, the central senior leadership team has greater freedom over how they use these budgets to best benefit their students. And MAT schools Just like other schools, academies have Ofsted inspections, and their exam results are published by the Department for Education.
  • Stronger Leadership: School leaders and teachers can combine their knowledge and planning abilities to work on challenges and solutions together
  • Quality of teaching:With the support of a multi-academy trust, there are usually more opportunities for teachers to progress in their careers, and therefore MATs are able to attract top calibre teachers.

My child’s school is joining a MAT, will it lose the school identity?

Most MATs retain the individuality of their schools; at LAAT we celebrate the uniqueness of each school, seeking only to support and challenge school, staff and children alike to improve and progress.

How will parents be represented on the governing body?

At least one elected parent governor will be on the governing body – as now.

Are MAT schools still monitored by the Local Authority?

Yes, just like other schools, academies have Ofsted inspections, and their exam results are published by the Department for Education.