MAT overview

The Oxford Diocesan Bucks Schools Trust (ODBST) is a new Diocesan Multi Academy Trust established in September 2017 to provide an option for any school across the Buckingham Episcopal area (which covers Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes) seeking a MAT solution, this includes primary and secondary; VA, VC or community schools.

ODBST is a charitable company. No one can make any money from the company. The company is limited by guarantee. It does not pay dividends and makes no profit. The company is linked to the Diocese of Oxford through the appointment of its Members, who are all volunteers, acting as the ‘owners’ of the company.

The Trust is being supported by its sister company (ODST) as it establishes itself and therefore operates in a similar way, with a small central team delivering services, such as school improvement, HR, finance, health and safety, premises, admissions and governor support. In addition to this, schools in the Trust continue to benefit from all the support and training available from the Diocese through the SLA.

ODBST is rooted in Christian values; it is committed to educational excellence and celebrates the calling to serve pupils, staff, parents and the local community. Each school within the Trust is understood to have its own unique qualities, which it is supported to continue to deliver.

In ODBST, decisions about schools are made by the local governing body, who are accountable to the Board of Trustees. Schools are supported through a combination of high quality school improvement support and partnership working across the Trust.

The Trust is working with more schools who would like to make an application to join the Trust. Schools wishing to be considered for the next wave of conversions are encouraged to contact us at the earliest opportunity.

For more information please contact:

Sulina Piesse, Chief Executive Officer ODBST
tel: 01296 615 308