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I am very pleased to welcome you to this section on Friars Multi Academy Trust (MAT). Friars MAT came into being in September 2017 and has a vision to become an acknowledged leader in the provision of inclusive education. The MAT currently consists of Friars Academy which is an academy for students aged 11 – 19 with Special Educational Needs.

In 2017 the Directors and staff at Friars MAT submitted a successful bid to the Department for Education to open a Free School in the East Northamptonshire area to meet demand for special education in the county. This Free School is planned to open in September 2021 with the name Chelveston Road School.

The Directors, governors and staff who work within Friars MAT are very passionate about the education and life chances that we provide for our young people.

This investment has resulted in a highly successful track record for Friars Academy and we are determined to replicate this success in Chelveston Road School. During our relatively brief time as a MAT we have developed fruitful partnerships with local organisations and groups and we are always keen to see how partnerships can be developed for the benefit of our students and the community.

Likewise, there are always opportunities for individuals to become involved in our work and we would welcome approaches from people who think they could serve as a governor or director.


John Turnbull
Chair, Friars Multi Academy Trust