Case Study - CMAT | Award Nomination 2016

Case Study:
Mark Woods, CEO of Trust
Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust
 
Practice:
"Mark as the leader of CMAT is driven by the clear moral purpose that every child – regardless of where they live - deserves the very best chance in life that a good education can give them. He has not shirked from taking on schools in very difficult circumstances with pupils who have been failed by the education system for many years. His resilience is legendary within the trust: he has a wicked if sometimes hard to fathom sense of humour and the ability to make people do things they didn’t realise they either wanted to or could! Most importantly, he never gives up – on anything or anybody."
 
Impact:
All of these schools have improved and continue to do so, by whatever measure you choose – Ofsted, rising rolls, staff retention – but most importantly in the breadth of opportunity they now offer to their pupils. The key impact is definitely on the life chances of the pupils within the academies! One of the comments that struck us was: "Speaking as a parent (and former governor) at Ely College, it's fair to say we've had a hard time over the last couple of years. The news that we were being transferred to CMAT was welcomed by the whole community, and we are already feeling the love, and seeing a real difference in ethos and levels of engagement. We know that things will take time, but the reassurances provided by Mark and his team have been well received, and we are counting down the days."

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