On 1st April, 2013 Saint Paul’s Catholic High School joined with St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School and St John Fisher and St Thomas More Catholic Primary School to form the Wythenshawe Catholic Academy Trust.


The three schools had already been working closely together for a number of years and the creation of the trust formalised the relationship. In December 2013, St Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School joined the Trust.

The formation of the Trust was done in such a way to leave “the door open” for other schools to join in the future.

Whilst the MAT is the single overarching corporate body, each of the four former schools is now a Catholic Voluntary Academy within it. Each has its own head teacher and a local governing body. The MAT’s Executive Board provides a higher tier of executive governance.  It is made up of not less than 5 Foundation Directors appointed by the Diocese and 2 elected Parent Directors. The Board may also appoint co-opted Directors.

The formation of the MAT has created closer working relationships between Saint Paul’s and its three MAT partners. This has already seen the appointment of a Chaplain and Family Support Worker working across the academies.  It has also seen the academies working together to improve the transition of pupils from primary to secondary school.

Already the MAT members have seen the benefits of their collaboration in providing a Catholic pathway to higher education (with Saint Pauls’ links with both Xaverian and Loreto Sixth Form Colleges). The collective strength and support of the MAT should provide strength and support to its member academies for any future challenges in the years ahead.


Founded on the love of Christ, and recognising the inestimable worth of each individual, Wythenshawe Catholic Academy Trust exists to foster, with care and compassion, personal, spiritual and academic growth, extending into the community and beyond. Spiritual development is at the core of all we do at Wythenshawe Catholic Academy Trust. We aim to teach and foster the Gospel values of love of God and our neighbour, through our Curriculum and our Chaplaincy events. The trust has excellent support from the Clergy in the local area and continues to develop close links with our Parishes. Pupils are encouraged to participate fully in Parish activities.