Insights – Crewe Multi Academy Trust (CMAT)

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The Challenge

Working with the Trust led by South Cheshire College to create the Trust governance and successfully deliver an academy conversion of a local secondary school.

Our Contribution

Following the formation of the Trust we worked with CMAT to gain the Academy Approval Order and subsequently convert the school to academy status within the Trust.  GLK Solutions project managed various elements such as a statutory consultation, marketing, legal requirements, finance management of the schools, continuing and new school contracts, IT services and recruitment of a Headteacher.


  • Gaining the Academy Approval Order
  • Successfully meeting the requirements of the DfE for academy conversion to be given the go ahead
  • Understanding and completing various complex legal requirements
  • Successfully conversion complete under tight time constraints
  • Building relationships with the school and Trust to ensure successful delivery
“We appointed GLK Solutions to work with South Cheshire College and subsequently Crewe Multi Academy Trust to co-ordinate and manage the academy conversion of Kings Grove High School. GLK managed all aspects of the conversion under a very tight timescale and steered the trust through a series of complicated activities.

Whilst working with Gemma and Lesley we have found their approach allowed the Trust to concentrate on activity that was crucial to the development of the school and trust knowing the conversion process was in safe hands. The process of setting up the Trust and converting the school to academy status was a very big learning curve for our team and GLK provided the right level of support, guidance and project management to successfully complete the process.

We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending GLK solutions for any education projects now and in the future.”- Jabir S Dhesi, Crewe Multi Academy Trust and Principal/Chief Executive of South Cheshire College