The St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi Academy Trust will enable clear working relationships to be established between its schools to assist with catholic life, school improvement, leadership recruitment and formation, governance and collaboration to achieve their common purpose and shared mission. Furthermore, it will ensure that in a national context of relative change and uncertainty no school is left isolated and unsupported.
Our support for schools aims to be comprehensive, inclusive and responsive to the individual and collective needs of our schools that will ensure they both deliver the mission of the Church and meet the challenges of the national accountability agenda through mutually supportive intervention and training.
We take responsibility for the financial and resource management of schools, thus freeing school leaders to concentrate on what matters: the spiritual formation and education of the young people in our schools.
The foundation stone of our CMAT is the person of Jesus Christ and we are committed to safeguarding the distinctive Catholic ethos of our schools by placing Him and the teachings of the Catholic Church at the centre of all we do.
The character of the St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi Academy Trust is collaborative and participative. Each school is of equal value. We respect the unique identity of each school and value the diversity of experience and perspective they bring. Each school is given a voice, though the arrangements for local governance and their relationship with the CMAT Board of Directors.
Meet the Executive Team
Paul Ainsworth, Director of Performance and Standards
As Director of Performance and Standards my aim is to support our Headteachers so that we can achieve our vision of being a communion of high achieving Catholic schools.
Over the last four academic years Paul has worked for a large national Multi-Academy Trust across both primary and secondary sectors as a Regional Director, Head of Professional Development and the Chair of a number of Academy Improvement Boards. Prior to this Paul spent 14 years as a senior leader in both the state and Independent sector including as a Secondary School Head.
Paul has written widely on education issues for a variety of publications and has written seven books; Developing a self-evaluating school, Get that teaching job, and Middle Leadership (Bloomsbury), School Partnerships Handbook, The Senior Leader’s Yearbook and Tackling in-school variation (Optimus Education) and ‘Trophies, Tears and Line-Calls’ (Amazon). He has spoken at many national conferences including delivering a TEDx speech.
Janice Pearson, Operations Director
After completing a degree in modern languages, Janice trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in Manchester where she spent 5 years in audit and business advisory services, working with clients from a diverse range of industry sectors.
She has also lead work streams on change management projects, both in the UK and Europe, whilst working with Gemini Consulting. After a short career break with her 2 daughters, Janice moved out of the corporate sector and into education. She holds relevant sector qualifications including: Cert Ed in Post Compulsory Education, the Diploma in School Business Management and the CIPFA certificate in Financial Reporting for Academies. Janice has spent the last 12 years working as a school business manager; in her last role she led a central services support team for another multi- academy Trust, set up new financial and business systems, and prepared and managed budgets at academy and whole Trust level.
She is now responsible for leading the CMAT central finance team and will be working in close collaboration with the CEO and head teachers to deliver the budget setting strategy, whilst at the same time endeavouring to provide resources to a level which will facilitate the delivery of outstanding education.
Samantha Spurr, HR Manager
As HR Manager for the St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi academy Trust, my role is within the central team is to provide a professional HR service to all academies, ensuring the CMAT remains compliant with employment law, policies and conditions of service. I have responsibility for a HR Assistant who will support with operational functions such as recruitment, database management and issuing of contracts.
I started my HR career within the retail sector before moving into the Higher Education sector where I worked for almost 10 years. My last role was HR Business Partner.
I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and have a Masters degree in Human Resource Management.