St Joseph's Catholic Infant School

St Joseph's Catholic Infant School

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Proposed Academy Conversion and membership of St Thomas Catholic Academies Trust (STCAT) for St Joseph’s Catholic Infant School 


The Governing Body has taken the strategic decision, following a recommendation from Bishop David and the Catholic Diocese of Northampton, to seek to join St Thomas Catholic Academies Trust (STCAT) in the South of the Diocese. 

St Joseph’s Catholic Infant School is unequivocally committed to providing our pupils with the best possible educational outcomes and experiences. STCAT is a Multi Academy Trust that offers quality professional development at all levels and effective school improvement support. The Trust works with local and national organisations to help raise the attainment of all learners and we believe that positioning ourselves within the Trust will provide us with opportunities that we would not otherwise be able to access. 

This strategic decision has been taken alongside the family of Catholic Schools in Buckinghamshire. We have worked closely with the other Catholic schools as the Bucks Catholic Schools Partnership for many years and now see this as an opportunity to strengthen and develop this partnership. Currently, all six of the Primary, Junior and Infant Schools are moving to join the academy at the same time. 

Moving to academy status as part of STCAT offers our school security and deepens our commitment to partnership working. It will deliver economies of scale, professional support for governance and most importantly strengthens our ability to deliver outstanding Catholic education. 

As a Voluntary Aided school, there is a process that must be followed to join the Trust and, part of this is to consult with all our stakeholders, including parents, carers, staff, clergy and other key groups in our community. 

The consultation period is underway and will end on 10 June 2021.   Governors will consider all responses at the end of the formal consultation period. 

Please find information regarding the move to joining the St Thomas Catholic Academies Trust, below:


Please click here for FAQs in Response to Consultation on Academy Conversion. 


To see a hello and introduction from the MAT Stategic Executive Lead (SEL),  Joseph Richardson please click here:


Please click here to view the Academy Conversion Letter to Parents 30.04.2021.


Please click here to view the Parent Consultation Meeting PowerPoint presentation 10.05.2021.


You can email any responses and questions to: