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Executive principal

Welcome to the Greater Manchester Academy Trust (GMAT) – a small trust of schools from ages 3-16 that aims to be truly aspirational and inclusive for the community of North Manchester.

Our motto is our mantra, ‘with you, for you, about you’ and this translates into a vision that is empowered by deep social insight, embracing and supporting the community way beyond our students and their families.


We strive to provide the highest quality education for young people and believe passionately in the power of an excellent education to transform lives and futures. Through building on our social investment activities, local knowledge, community relationships and strong partnerships we can work in true collaboration to ensure that children thrive and achieve.

We seek to be the place of choice for children to learn and staff to work. Through an extensive challenging curriculum and best practice in teaching and learning, informed by research and the experiences of our staff, we aim to enhance a child’s life chances by maximising their educational outcomes and experiences. Equal to these high expectations is our belief that children thrive outside the classroom through providing a range of wonderful opportunities that develop true character, confidence and resilience.  We invest in our children, their families and our community so that we can all be unwavering in our commitment for a better tomorrow.

We will never be satisfied, there will always be more we can do to make our vision the reality and we set about achieving this each day. 


John Rowlands, Executive Principal and CEO, GMAT

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