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Welcome to the Wessex Multi-Academy Trust

We are a family of schools working together to unlock the full potential of every young person, through discovery and providing outstanding opportunities for learning and achievement.

We believe that a good Multi-Academy Trust is founded on collaboration, shared values, and a firm knowledge of the curriculum. We invest in all our staff to ensure they have the best level of training, to provide the best educational standards for our children. We are proud to be part of Wessex Multi-Academy Trust.

Why Wessex Multi-Academy Trust?

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Our Schools

The Wessex Multi-Academy Trust consists of twelve diverse schools, located across Southwest Dorset.

Our Approach

Our Trust schools work closely together to provide relevant and high quality education for local children. Our academies are supported by an experienced team of people, led by Mike Foley.

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Wessex Teach

Wessex Teach offers a range of training services and support for all staff within our trust. Providing the very best opportunities through a collaborative approach to professional learning.


Each of our trustees have extensive experience of education and governance. We support and offer guidance to each of our schools with their own governance.

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Vision and Values

To ensure we provide the best education standards, we understand outcomes are paramount. Our vision strategy sets the foundations for all the work we do, our decision-making is driven entirely by what is best for our children.


The Wessex Multi-Academy trust prides itself on recruiting highly talented individuals who believe in delivering nothing but the highest standard of education in the South West.

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Our Academies

Our twelve schools are located across the Southwest, each having its own individual personality, history, and local knowledge.

Our aim is not to franchise the schools within our trust, but to celebrate and work on each school’s unique offering, to ensure the best education standards for each child.

School Admission Arrangements Consultation

Wessex MAT have entered into the statutory consultation on its School Admission Arrangements for 2025/2026 running through to the 26th January 2024.

Please find attached a copy of the proposed new Trust Admissions Policy 2025-26 that will replace the current arrangement of individual school policies. Please note, there are NO changes to the Published Admissions Number for any Trust Schools.

This policy will apply to:

  • Bere Regis Primary and Pre-School
  • Damers First School
  • Dorchester Middle School
  • Frome Valley CE First School
  • Manor Park CE First School
  • Milborne St Andrew First School
  • Piddle Valley CE First School
  • Puddletown CE First School
  • St Mary's Middle CE School
  • St Osmund's Middle CE School
  • The Purbeck School
  • The Thomas Hardye School

We ask that schools and early years providers make reference to this consultation on their websites. They should also inform their parents about the consultation via newsletter and/or other appropriate social media outlets such as Facebook so they are given an opportunity to comment, if they wish to do so.

Responses must be submitted either in writing to Vicky Smyth, Governance Manager, Wessex Multi-Academy Trust, Wessex House, Unit 4 Poundbury Business Centre, Holmead Walk, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3WA or by email to matclerk@wessex.ac by Friday 26th January 2024.

Upon the conclusion of the consultation period all responses will be considered carefully, and a report will be presented to Wessex Multi-Academy Trust’s Board of Trustees at their meeting on Wednesday 7th February 2024.

The key dates for this consultation are set out below:

Wessex Multi-Academy Trust consultation ends 26th January 2024
Own Admission Authorities (Wessex MAT Board of Trustees) determine Admission Arrangements 7th February 2024
Statutory Deadline for Admissions Authorities to determine Admission Arrangements 28th February 2024
Statutory Deadline for Admission Authorities to publish Admission Arrangements 15th March 2024
Statutory Deadline for Objections to Office of the School’s Adjudicator 15th May 2024