Insights – The Carnegie Multi Academy Trust (CMAT)

The Project

Working with the Trust led by Leeds Beckett University to develop a new Trust, gain approval from the RSC and DfE, and working with joining schools.  GLK have provided support across a number of areas including application submission, school engagement, and conversion project management for schools joining the Trust.

Our Contribution

We worked with Leeds Beckett University to identify core requirements of the Trust.  We then co-ordinated and completed an RSC submission to gain approval for the Trust and any subsequent academy conversions.  This work required the development of key information and documents such as Member and Trust information, scheme of delegation, and core Trust offer.  GLK are now supporting the converting school to join the Trust through engagement with the Trust, school, solicitors, DfE, and local authority.


  • Gaining the Academy Approval Order and MAT approval.
  • Successfully meeting the requirements of the DfE for academy conversion to be given the go ahead.
  • Ongoing academy conversion currently on track.
  • Building relationships with the school and Trust to ensure successful delivery.
“I have engaged GLK on a number of projects over the last couple of years. Their professional approach, expertise and knowledge about the Education sector is excellent and their project management and attention to detail is outstanding. Leeds Beckett University procured their services to support the formation of a MAT. We have worked with GLK on a number of levels to develop the MAT offer, engage with schools, and work with the RSC and DfE to gain approval and develop our Trust further. I would recommend Gemma Kirk and Lesley Millard to any organisation looking to procure educational project management or consultancy.- Rachel Bostwick, Leeds Beckett University