Batley Multi Academy Trust

Batley Girls’ High School established Batley Multi Academy Trust in September 2015

Batley Multi Academy Trust’s sole purpose is to provide an outstanding education through our family of schools.

The Trust is passionately committed to the communities of Batley and Dewsbury and the surrounding area, serving our local learners and their families in order to secure excellent educational outcomes, partnered with high aspirations.

We know that every learner, with their different talents, skills and ambitions, has the potential to excel, which is vital in developing local wealth and enabling our community to contribute successfully to society as a whole.   Respect lies at the heart of all we do and is key to becoming a successful young adult, who is ready to face the opportunities and challenges of today’s world. We believe respect for learning, respect for self and respect for others shape who we are and we are particularly proud of our commitment to, and celebration of, community cohesion.

Batley Multi Academy Trust currently comprises Batley Girls’ High School and Upper Batley High School and provides high quality education for both boys and girls of secondary age. This collaboration enables us to share expertise, knowledge and best practice to ensure academic and pastoral excellence throughout both of our schools – both schools sharing the same overall ethos and values, whilst maintaining their own unique character.

As we look to the future, we plan to expand the Trust to include local Primaries, to provide an outstanding education for all the children and young people of the area. In doing so, we will offer a fully integrated provision and a seamless educational experience across all ages and stages.

Please address correspondence to:
The Chair of the MAT Board. Mr Siraj Mayet. Batley Girls’ High School, Windmill Lane, Batley, West Yorkshire. WF17 0LD.


Members are custodians of the Trust. They have a hands-off role in terms of managing the Trust and act as a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the Multi Academy Trust. Members may also serve on the Board of Trustees and the Local Governing Bodies.


Batley Multi Academy Trust is governed by the Board of Trustees, which is accountable to the Department for Education. Trustees have strategic oversight and ultimate responsibility for all management decisions within the Multi Academy Trust academies, setting visions and policies for the Trust, governance and contractual relationships with third parties. They are responsible for the management and administration of the Multi Academy Trust. The board has three core functions:

– Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

– Holding the Headteacher or Co-Headteachers to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

– Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Board of Trustees can comprise Member appointed Trustees, Headteachers, and Co-opted Trustees.

Trustees establish the Local Governing Bodies in order to assist with the discharge of their governance functions.

The Terms of Reference for Members and Trustees are contained within the Articles.

MAT Members & Trustees 


Mr Maurice Cook – Appointed 10.7.14. Appointed Member 1.9.15
Mr Ahmad Lunat OBE – Appointed 1.10.15
Mrs Ann McCall –
Mr Jeremy Townend – Appointed 1.9.11. Re-appointed 1.9.15

Trustees (click the names to read a profile)
Ms Nailah Ahmed – Appointed 9.6.16
Ms Sameeha Akudi – (Resigned 31.8.16)
Mr Maurice Cook – (Resigned 7.7.17)
Trude Feiweles – Appointed
Ms Julie Haigh (CEO) – Appointed 1.9.14
Mrs Mandy Kennedy – Appointed 27.11.14
Mrs Ellen Loughhead – Appointed 1.9.11. Re-appointed 1.9.15
Mr Siraj Mayet – Appointed 8.11.11. Re-appointed 8.11.15. (Appointed Chair 1.10.15)
Mrs Ann McCall – (Retired 31.8.17)
Mrs Pam Pickles – Appointed 1.9.11. Re-appointed 1.9.15
Ms Hilary Towers-Islam – Appointed 27.11.14
Mr Jeremy Townend – Appointed 1.9.11. Re-appointed 1.9.15
Ms Samantha Vickers – Appointed 9.6.16

Accounting Officer

Ms Julie Haigh

Company Secretary

Mr Alan Brown


Mrs Karen Sturgeon

Committee Memberships:

Finance and Resources:

Mr Maurice Cook (Chair)
Ms Nailah Ahmed
Miss Wendy Beasley
Mrs Ellen Loughhead
Mrs Pam Pickles
Mr Jeremy Townend
Ms Samantha Vickers


Mrs Mandy Kennedy (Chair)
Ms Julie Haigh
Mr Graham Hazelwood
Mrs Gillian Hughes
Mr Siraj Mayet
Ms Hilary Towers-Islam
Mr Jeremy Townend
Ms Samantha Vickers

There are no relevant business or pecuniary interests.

The board of trustees has formally met 7 times during the year 2015/16.  Attendance during the year at meetings of the board of trustees was as follows:

TrusteeMeetings attendedOut of a possible
N Ahmed (appointed 9 June 2016)22
S Akudi37
M Cook67
J Haigh (Co-Head)77
M Kennedy77
E Loughhead57
S Mayet (Chair)77
A McCall (Co-Head and Accounting Officer)77
P Pickles77
H Towers-Islam77
J Townend67
S Vickers (appointed 9 June 2016)22

The finance and resources committee is a sub-committee of the main board of trustees. Its purpose is to ensure the Academy Trust has strategic plans in place to deliver effective teaching and learning within the school budget. Attendance at meetings in the year 2015/16 was as follows:

TrusteeMeetings attendedOut of a possible
M Cook45
E Loughhead35
A McCall (Co-Head and Accounting Officer)55
J Townend55

Disqualification and Conflicts of Interest

The holding of the office of a Trustee or as a member of the Local Governing Body is subject to Articles 68 – 80 of the Articles of Association. Articles 97 and 98 refer to Conflicts of Interest.