Welcome from the
Trust Chair

Ian Warman

Chair of the Board of Trustees

It is an honour and privilege for me to Chair the South York Multi Academy Trust (MAT). This exciting development will build on the hard work, enthusiasm, and creativity of many people to create a new and strong partnership of schools serving our local communities. In a time of increasing fragmentation of the school system and a world of rapid change, uncertainty and increasing pressure on children, young people and families we need a strong partnership to work together to harness all our resources to provide the best possible opportunities and support to those we serve.


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


We have worked hard to design governance arrangements for the Trust that embrace the interests of the Community and Church of England schools we serve. We are also fortunate to secure the involvement of York St. John University as a member of the trust reflecting our links with higher education. We will 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 local governing bodies in our schools having delegated responsibility as far as possible, consistent with good governance and prudent use of resources. Schools will still 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.

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:

Audited Accounts for 2018-19
Audited Accounts for 2017-18
Articles of Association
Memorandum of Understanding
Master Funding Agreement
Supplemental Funding Agreement


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 £4,361.

Admissions, Arrangements and Consultations

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

Admissions Arrangements for 2020/21

Please see the Policies area above for the determined policies. You can also find further information and documentation, including the updated Guide for Parents and admission policies for all York schools, on the Local Authority website.

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 2020 – 2021 these PANs are:

  • for Archbishop of York’s CE Junior School , 60 places
  • for Dunnington CE Primary School, 30 places
  • for Fulford School, 240 places (Year 7)**
  • for Fulford School, 35 places (Year 12)
  • for Wheldrake with Thorganby CE Primary School, 30 places


**Due to increasing pupil numbers within the City of York and the subsequent demand on school places especially within the Fulford School catchment area, we would advise parents/carers making in year school applications for Fulford School to request more than one preference school on their application. In recent months, Fulford School have been unable to accept in year school applications, including those made for pupils living within the catchment area, due to pupil numbers already being over the published admission numbers.

Some pupils, including some in the school catchment area, have been refused a place at Fulford School on the grounds that the admission of an additional pupil over those already admitted would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources. Any school’s resources, such as teachers and classrooms, have to be used carefully to ensure the best possible standards for education and a safe environment. If no limit were set on the number of pupils that can go to a school each year these standards could not be maintained. Any further admissions would have an adverse impact on the delivery of effective education for all pupils.

South York Multi Academy Trust and City of York Council are continuing to discuss various options available to Fulford School in order to increase the published admission number for admissions to Fulford School and ease the pupil pressures within the school catchment area.

Key Dates for Secondary School Admissions in September 2020

  • 12th September 2019 – Applications can be made online
  • 31st October 2019 – Deadline for applications
  • 2nd March 2020 – National Offer Day
  • 31st March 2020 – Appeal forms to be returned
  • May-July 2020 – Admission appeals heard
  • September 2020 – Applications for the 2021 entry into Year 7 expected to open


Key Dates for Primary School Admissions in September 2020

  • 12th September 2019 – applications open online for September 2020 entry to Reception
  • 15th Jan 2020 – Deadline for applications
  • 16th April 2020 -National Offer Day
  • 20th May 2020 – Appeal forms to be returned
  • June-July 2020 – Admission appeals heard
  • September 2020 – Applications for the 2021 entry into Reception expected to open


Admissions Consultation and SYMAT Admissions Policy for 2021-2022

The Schools Admission Consultation is open between 7 October and 29 November 2019. We invite your comments on school documentation in the City of York area including draft admissions policies and published admission numbers.

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 2020 – 2021 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), 240 places
  • for Fulford School (Year 12), 35 places
  • for Wheldrake with Thorganby CE Primary School (Reception), 30 places

For more information about the admissions consultation, please click here. The consultation is a joint exercise between all admissions authorities in York, including:

  • the City of York Council on behalf of Community and Voluntary Controlled schools
  • governing bodies of Voluntary Aided schools
  • Academy Trusts of (single) Academies
  • the trust board, and local governing committees, of Multi-Academy Trusts

Following consultation, all admission authorities must formally ‘determine’ their admission arrangements by 28 February 2020 in line with the School Admissions Code.

Complete the online survey here


If you would like to contact the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OAS) please email: osa.team@schoolsadjudicator.gov.uk