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Welcome from the Chief Executive

Saira Luffman
Chief Executive Officer
The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust

A Warm Welcome to RMAT!

A Message from the CEO

On behalf of the entire RMAT family, I extend a warm welcome to our website!

RMAT is a unique educational trust, encompassing four academies, an alternative provision independent school, and a University Technical College (UTC), all proudly located in West and North Yorkshire.

We are driven by a clear mission: to generate social mobility and empower our children and young people to achieve their dreams. We believe that education is the key to unlocking their potential and creating brighter futures.

Our core values – aspiration, resilience, and empowerment – are not just for students, but form the foundation for everything we do at RMAT. They guide us in fostering a vibrant environment where:

  • Aspiration Soars:
    • We set high expectations and provide the support and resources needed for students and colleagues to succeed.
    • We inspire our colleagues to be leading professionals and lifelong learners, constantly striving for excellence.
    • We are committed to building a reputation for achievement amongst the very best educational institutions.
  • Resilience is Built:
    • We cultivate a growth mindset in students and colleagues, encouraging everyone to learn from mistakes and embrace challenges as opportunities for growth.
    • We develop individuals who persist in the face of setbacks, fostering adaptability and positivity as core characteristics in both students and colleagues.
  • Empowerment Takes Root:
    • We provide an excellent education for every student and young person in our care to succeed in life whatever their starting point.
    • We trust our colleagues as self-determining professionals, creating an environment where they can thrive.
    • We ensure the fundamental conditions for success through well-ordered academies which are well resourced and professionally supported.

This dedication to excellence has been recognised. In fact, we were recognised as the highest performing Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in a 2018 study by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) – the only study of its kind.

We go beyond academic achievement, fostering character, resilience, and self-confidence in each student. This holistic approach empowers them to be well-rounded citizens, equipped to create the best possible life chances.

Our educational philosophy rests upon several key pillars which further support our mission and values:

  • Innovative and Engaging Curriculum: We offer a curriculum designed to spark curiosity, build resilience, and foster self-confidence. This innovative approach provides students with independent school opportunities within a traditional secondary school setting.
  • Divergent Teaching with Teacher Freedom: We champion a variety of teaching styles, supported by our belief in teacher autonomy. This cultivates a stimulating and diverse learning environment, recognising that one-size-fits-all approaches don't work for everyone.
  • Traditional Values, Modern Approach: We uphold traditional values of behaviour management, but with a modern twist. Our positive discipline (PD) system empowers both teachers and students to focus on learning, minimising disruptions and maximising learning time.
  • Growth Mindset: We cultivate a growth mindset in both colleagues and students, fostering a belief that intelligence can be developed through continuous effort and a willingness to learn from mistakes.
  • Data-Driven Development: Our commitment to educational development is fuelled by rigorous evidence led research and selective methodologies.

RMAT is committed to a local offer. All our academies and schools are conveniently located within a 30-minute radius of each other, enabling us to provide a robust network of support and collaboration.

We invite you to explore our website further and discover the exceptional learning environment we offer at RMAT, where students and colleagues are empowered to achieve their full potential and thrive.