Athena Schools Trust aspires to be a school-led MAT with the member schools working together for mutual benefit. In financial terms, our ethos is to support schools and maximise their resources available for Learning and Teaching, our shared core purpose.

The MAT provides opportunities to:

  • Increase our shared buying power
  • Provide services in-house that are currently bought-in
  • Centralise key support services where economic and practical to do so

Expert procurement practice can provide a welcome source of additional funds. The Trust will be providing a cost-efficiency healthcheck, reviewed annually, to ensure every school benefits from the best possible pricing versus benchmarks. The MAT will also provide a database of preferred suppliers and management of utility procurement and school insurances.

AST will also be able to provide shared service benefits in the areas of human resources and financial data, legal, IT, governance, marketing, development, CPD/training, Ofsted healthcheck and facilities management.

More information will be available in the document: MAT Benefits and Services.