Welcome from the
Trust Chair

Ian Dolben

Chair of the Board of Trustees

It is an honour and privilege for me to Chair the South York Multi Academy Trust (SYMAT). Firm foundations and effective collaborations have been a feature of SYMAT since its establishment in 2018, and the importance of strong Academy Trusts is becoming increasingly clear in the ever-changing educational landscape.


We have a strong base to build on; all the schools which joined the trust were good or outstanding and we are fortunate that we have dedicated, talented and committed teaching and support staff. The MAT enables us to harness their energy and creativity and provide high quality school to school support to drive improvement in all our schools.


Our governance arrangements developed since the inception of the Trust have worked well to date in ensuring that the interests of the Community and Church of England schools were fully considered in every decision made. The involvement of York St. John University as a member of the trust is invaluable in reflecting our links with higher education. We continue to work closely in partnership with the City of York Council and other organisations to ensure our plans and the services we provide align with local needs.


The Members and Trustees (whose details you can find on this website) are all drawn from the communities served by the trust and represent a highly skilled and committed group with expertise and professional backgrounds covering the wide range of disciplines needed for a successful MAT. They all share a passion to provide the best possible education for the community.


We aim to be open and transparent in the way we do business and to be accountable to the people we serve. We are committed to robust local governance for our schools having delegated responsibility as far as possible, consistent with good governance and prudent use of resources. Schools will always need committed, skilled and enthusiastic governors! If you are interested in supporting the work of our schools by becoming a governor, or want to find out more about the Trust I would be very happy to hear from you.

Vision & Values: Our Trust Vision Statement



We are a strong and inclusive partnership of schools working together to support and inspire all children, young people and families in our communities to achieve and flourish.


We hold our schools and ourselves to account to a set of values. Our schools are always:

  • Inclusive – our schools work tirelessly to meet the needs of every child and young person and overcome disadvantage. We embrace diversity in our communities, and we promote distinctiveness in our schools.
  • Aspirational – our schools have high expectations for every learner and member of staff. We want our children and young people to make the most of every opportunity in life.
  • Responsible – our schools have a social responsibility to serve the community first and foremost. We always use our resources responsibly and transparently.
  • Collaborative – our schools work in equal partnership with one another, and with their school communities. We devolve control and responsibility to the appropriate level, encouraging the participation of those we serve and those who work for us.


Safeguarding Statement

The South York Multi Academy Trust (SYMAT) are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people within its family of schools. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We provide an inclusive, positive and caring environment in which our children and young people can develop their academic, social and emotional potential.

Every adult is expected to play their part in safeguarding our children and young people. Each school supports this through their offer of safeguarding and child protection awareness training. All staff in all of our schools know the procedures that should be followed should they have any concerns about a student. All staff know where to go should they require some information, help and guidance.

The Trust supports each school in the following ways:

  • The Trust fully adopts the Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2021 Guidance
  • As a Trust we undertake safeguarding reviews and audits on an annual basis by anindependent body that scrutinises our policy and procedures.
  • The Trust is led by a Chief Executive who has ultimate responsibility for excellence insafeguarding
  • Each school has its own Safeguarding Policy that details their school specific advice anddesignated safeguarding officer details
  • Each school has a governor on its Governing Body with special responsibility forsafeguarding.

Reporting Concerns

If you are concerned about the welfare of a pupil at any of our schools contact the relevant Designated Safeguarding Officer in each school. Details can be found on each school website.

A link to this statement is included in the Safeguarding Policy of each individual school.

Trustees are responsible for safeguarding, even if certain aspects of the work are delegated to staff. Trustees must make a clear commitment to safeguarding and publish the safeguarding statement stating that failure to follow the statement will be dealt with as a very serious matter.

Approved by Board of Trustees on 25th March 2021

Child Protection Handbook Sept 2021

Legal, Financial and Statutory Information

The Academies Financial Handbook includes a requirement for academy trusts to publish financial statements for the last two years. There is also a requirement to publish the relevant business and pecuniary interests of members, trustees and local governors.

For information about governance, members, trustees and local governors please click here.

The accounts and other key documents are below:




Trade Union Facility Time


During the period the Trust had no employees who were relevant paid Trade Union officials. To provide employees who are members of Trade Unions with access to union representation, the Trust procured outsourced services from City of York Council at a cost of £6,687.

Higher Paid Staff The number of employees whose employee benefits (excluding employer pension costs) exceeded £100,000 was:
2021 2020
£100,001 – £110,000 1
£110,001 – £120,000 1

Admissions, Arrangements and Consultations

Information about admissions can also be found on the websites of our member academies.

Key Dates for Secondary School Admissions in September 2022

  • 12th September 2021 – Applications can be made online
  • 31st October 2021 – Deadline for applications
  • 1st March 2022 – National Offer Day
  • 31st March 2022 – Appeal forms to be returned
  • May-July 2022 – Admission appeals heard
  • September 2022 – Applications for the 2023 entry into Year 7 expected to open


Key Dates for Primary School Admissions in September 2022

  • 12th September 2021 – applications open online for September 2020 entry to Reception
  • 15th Jan 2022 – Deadline for applications
  • 19th April 2022 -National Offer Day
  • 21st May 2022 – Appeal forms to be returned
  • June-July 2022 – Admission appeals heard
  • September 2022 – Applications for the 2023 entry into Reception expected to open


Admission Arrangements 2023-24 entry

This year’s Admissions Consultation is being jointly held by all admissions authorities in the City of York between 4th October and 14th November 2021.  The consultation includes the draft admission policy and planned number of places available at each school in the year(s) of entry. 


All documents can be found in their draft (pre-determined) form at https://www.york.gov.uk/AdmissionsConsultation 

The views of parent/carers, schools and other interested parties are being sought during this consultation.

To respond, parents/carers can email admissionsconsultation@york.gov.uk  or complete the short survey at https://www.york.gov.uk/AdmissionsConsultation or at  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Admissions23-24PC

Following the consultation, each admission authority will formally set (‘determine’) their admission arrangements for admission in 2023-24 by 28 February 2022.  Determined policies will be on the City of York Council website by 15 March 2022 after which objections can be raised.

All documents can be found in their draft (pre-determined) form at https://www.york.gov.uk/AdmissionsConsultation. If you require a paper copy of the document or survey you can request this from the school or Trust or education@york.gov.uk or 01904 551554


The Published Admission Number (PAN) is the number of pupils it is intended to admit into the first year group of school. This number differs for each school and for 2022 – 2023 these PANs are:

  • for Archbishop of York’s CE Junior School (Year 3), 60 places
  • for Dunnington CE Primary School (Reception), 30 places
  • for Fulford School (Year 7), 300 places
  • for Fulford School (Year 12), 35 places
  • for Wheldrake with Thorganby CE Primary School (Reception), 30 places