To provide and promote excellent Catholic education, enabling everyone to reach their full potential in union with God.
“Be ambitious for the higher gifts”
1 Corinthians 12:31
With Jesus Christ at the centre of our life, we will provide Catholic schools open to all who want to share our educational goals inspired by Christian principles. We will offer the highest possible standards of education in which faith, culture and life are united in harmony. For the common good, we will work in partnership and trust with each other, with families, our communities and with all involved in the mission of education. We will encourage and empower children and young people to recognise and realise their God-given potential, providing them with opportunities to develop harmoniously their physical, moral, intellectual and spiritual gifts. We will help them to aspire to a sense of personal dignity and responsibility, to learn the correct use of freedom, and to participate actively in their communities. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we will teach Gospel values, as together we celebrate and live our call to follow Christ the teacher in self-giving love and service.
The principles which govern the way the Trust operates.
‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! In everything do to others as you would have them do to you.” cf Matthew 7: 8-12
In the Trust:
“We believe that every person is created in the image and likeness of God and is capable of knowing and loving their Creator. Each human being is precious to God and has a value and dignity that no one can take away. “We believe that God chose to reveal himself to us as our Heavenly Father by sending Jesus, his Son, into the world. As the revelation and image of the invisible God, Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of God to be among us and gathered the first apostles and disciples together into one body, the Church. Christ is the Teacher above all others. In following him we enter his school of discipleship and so learn the truth that sets us free. “We believe that the Holy Spirit, the life-giving breath of God, was poured out at Pentecost to animate the newly born Church. Filled with the Spirit, the first Christians became witnesses to the Gospel message that God loves us and wants us, in Jesus, to live life to its fullness.”
As a Multi Academy Trust within the Diocese of Leeds we recognise that courageous renewal on the part of Catholic schooling is required. The Catholic school must be able to speak for itself effectively and convincingly and so this is a time when Catholic education demands to be clothed in fresh garments.
The core principles of the CMAT
The Trust and each academy within the Trust will adhere to the following principles:
1. The search for excellence
Our education is, primarily, about “human flourishing.” It is concerned with the development of the whole person. The aim of Catholic education is to draw out of all people their God-given potential to enable them to fulfill their unique role in society. All involved in the Trust will promote this for the benefit of the young people in our care.
2. The uniqueness of the individual, made in God’s image and loved by Him.
3. The education of the whole person, based on the belief that the human and the divine are inseparable.
The education of the whole person not only enhances the dignity of the individual, in the long term it promotes the common good in society and in the world-wide human community.
4. The education of all, with the particular duty to care for the poor and disadvantaged.
5. Moral Principles
In the multi-academy trust, the trustee directors and all academies have a moral responsibility for the good of all schools within the trust.
Solidarity means we are all responsible for each other. No school or college is an island entire of itself:
“Our schools, not my school.”
Subsidiarity means that decisions are taken at the most appropriate level. No-one involved in the academy - directors, governors, staff, parents and young people - has the right to disregard the good of a constituent academy while promoting the good of their own. All involved have the duty to recognise the complementary responsibilities to be undertaken within the Trust.
At the heart of the Church’s social teaching is the duty to care for others. This is a founding principle of our Multi Academy Trust.