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Mike Foley - Chief Executive Officer of the Wessex Multi Academy Trust

Mike Foley

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer of the Wessex Academy Trust – Mike Foley

Welcome to the Wessex Multi-Academy Trust.

You are probably interested in finding out about what we do and how we set about providing the best possible education for all young people attending one of our schools. Therefore, we have tried to give you a feel for what it means to be a learner in the Wessex MAT and to explain what is important to us.

Learning is at the heart of what we do – it is everything. We want to encourage a love of learning for life, and everyone involved in Wessex will play a part in making that happen. We want young people to learn from each other together a rich diversity of experiences; we provide a breadth of opportunities so they can find their own special skill or talent; we talk to them about ‘unlocking potential’ rather than ‘reaching potential’ because we don’t want young people to set any limit on what they can achieve.

We like the concept of working within a family of schools. We believe schools achieve most when they work together, sharing expertise and best practice. Everyone benefits – those that are receiving support and those providing it. Schools working together can achieve savings and efficiencies and maximise the use of specialist services. Staff have more opportunities for progression and development and the security of knowing that help is readily available. School improvement happens when you work as part of a larger team with the same values and ambition.

Thank you for your interest.


Our Values

We believe in the power of learning as a means to transform lives

We believe that every young person has a talent that can be nurtured through relentless optimism and striving for success

We believe that mutual respect is the foundation for good relationships and that we should act with care, concern and generosity towards each other

We believe learning for life is best provided in an inclusive environment where young people come together regardless of ability, background, culture, faith or beliefs

We believe that learners, families and communities are crucial partners in the quest for successful learning


Our Philosophy

To provide all our schools with the freedom to succeed whilst ensuring that each is fully accountable for its outcomes.

To prove that system-wide improvement is best achieved through collaboration, not competition.

To train, develop, recruit and retain the most outstanding staff in the belief that this is the way to achieve world-class standards in education.

To identify and develop outstanding governors and leaders and ensure succession planning in all our schools.

To make the best use of resources and provide high-quality support services that are personalized and tailored to each school’s needs.


Our Aims

Develop the concept of school-to-school support to bring about system-wide improvement

Provide opportunities for outstanding professional development which enable us to recruit and retain the best staff.

Deliver excellent support services that provide value for money

Continually search out and learn from good practice elsewhere.

Provide representation for our whole community.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion - Partnership Pledge


In our schools

We hold up a mirror in order to see the diverse faces and families before us, to think about where equity for each person is and to achieve their inclusion in all aspects of school life. We are aware of privilege and disadvantage throughout our schools.


In our partnership communities

We look through a window to grasp the potential for working together, to embrace each other's students, staff and ideas, and create the possibilities that lie therein.


In our world

We open the door to receive the real world in and to welcome the present. We listen, learn and observe hard; we send out diverse school life to inspire, to change, to model.

Our Team

Mike Foley, CEO

Mike Foley

Chief Executive Officer

Debbie Shutts, CFO

Debbie Shutts

Chief Financial Officer

Karen Weir, Company Secretary

Karen Weir

Company Secretary

Tricia Hobbs, Senior Finance Officer

Tricia Hobbs

Senior Finance Officer

Sarah Jelly, Senior Finance Officer

Sarah Jelly

Senior Finance Officer

Jayden Sims-Duff, Finance Assistant

Jayden Sims-Duff

Finance Assistant

Karen Aldridge, Health and Safety Manager

Karen Aldridge

Health and Safety Manager

Laura Cheney, Director of School Improvement

Laura Cheney

Director of School Improvement

Tim Ennion, Director of School Improvement

Tim Ennion

Director of School Improvement

Michelle Every, Business Support Officer

Michelle Every

Business Support Officer

Vicky Smyth, Governance Manager / MAT Clerk

Vicky Smyth

Governance Manager / Mat Clerk

Catherine Smith, Director of Primary Education

Catherine Smith

Director of Primary Education

Phil Eadie,

Phil Eadie

Director of Maths

Documents and Reports

Public PoliciesUploadedFile Size
MAT - Governors Expenses Policy 14.11.18.pdf04/05/2022422 KB
MAT - Salary protection policy for schools.pdf04/05/2022145 KB
S - MAT Whistleblowing Policy Approved 3.3.21.pdf03/03/2021242 KB
MAT - Donations Policy Nov 18.pdf24/09/2020557 KB
MAT - Redundancy and restructure procedure_.pdf04/05/2022165 KB
MAT - Final Model Privacy Policy 30.6.21.pdf20/01/2022183 KB
MAT - Redundancy and restructure policy_.pdf04/05/2022174 KB
S - MAT - Model SEND Policy Feb 21.doc.pdf03/03/2021281 KB
MAT - Appraisal and Capability Policy for Support Staff - Jan 19.pdf24/09/20201243 KB
MAT - Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy Nov 19.pdf14/09/2020304 KB
MAT - Stress Management Policy.pdf24/09/2020541 KB
MAT - Recruitment and Selection Policy.pdf14/09/2020933 KB
MAT - Grievance Policy.pdf14/09/20201161 KB
MAT - Pension Discretions Policy Jan 19.pdf24/09/20201640 KB
MAT - Maternity Policy 30.6.21.pdf20/01/2022199 KB
MAT - Risk Management Strategy Jan 19.pdf24/09/2020615 KB
S - MAT Data Protection Policy 15.9.20.pdf03/03/2021229 KB
MAT - Fairness and Dignity at Work Policy.pdf14/09/2020988 KB
S - MAT - Pay Policy 1.12.21.pdf04/05/2022311 KB
S - MAT Financial Regs and Scheme of Delegation Jan 20.pdf14/09/2020273 KB
S - MAT Freedom of Information Policy 19.pdf14/09/2020458 KB
MAT - Debt Recovery Policy.pdf24/09/2020427 KB
MAT - Shared Parental Leave Oct 19.pdf14/09/20201095 KB
MAT - Attendance Management Procedure Staff - Jan 19.pdf24/09/20202465 KB
S - MAT - General Health Safety and Welfare Policy Feb 22.pdf04/05/2022225 KB
MAT - Appraisal and Capability Policy for Teaching Staff Nov 18.pdf24/09/20201561 KB
MAT - Capitalisation and Depreciation Nov 19.pdf14/09/2020273 KB
S - MAT - Complaints Policy Approved 12.1.22.pdf20/01/2022241 KB
MAT - Time off for Dependents and Other leave Policy 28.4.21.pdf10/05/2021168 KB
MAT - Disciplinary Policy & Procedure May 22.pdf09/06/2022218 KB
MAT - Approved Governance Code of Conduct 29.9.21.pdf12/10/2021201 KB
S - MAT - Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy.pdf04/05/2022333 KB
MAT - Staff Code of Conduct.pdf14/09/2020244 KB
MAT - Gifts and Hospitality Policy Nov 18.pdf24/09/2020539 KB
MAT - Flexible Working Policy & Process.pdf14/09/20201431 KB
MAT - Final Central Privacy Policy 14.10.21.pdf20/01/2022187 KB