All the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Lancaster have been invited by our bishop, Rev Paul Swarbrick to consider converting to an academy and join a Catholic Multi Academy Trust (MAT). Please see his introductory letter below. 

There will be three M.A.T.s in the diocese (which stretches from Preston to the Scottish Borders). Our M.A.T. will be the Mater Ecclesiae (Mother of the Church) and will eventually be made up of the 23 Catholic primary and secondary schools in the greater Preston area. Bishop Paul has asked everyone to convert and join one of the the MATs by 2026.

The Governors of St. Bernard's Catholic Primary School feel that this is an exciting opportunity and are  considering being in Phase 1 of the schools converting to an academy. This process will take place this school year in readiness for a potential September 2022 conversion.

As part of the conversion process the Governors will consult all school stakeholders; which includes:

  • Parents
  • Staff members
  • The Parish of St John Paul II
  • Lancashire County Council

The consultation period commences on Monday 6th December 2021 and finishes on Friday 21st January 2022 at 3 pm.

Please see the additional information below for parents (other stakeholders have been contacted directly). This includes a letter outlining the process and a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Please note the FAQs will be updated a couple of times during the consultation period.

Any questions or feedback can be sent to

Following the close of the consultation period the Governing Board of St. Bernard's Catholic Primary School will consider all the responses received and make a final decision as to whether they wish to start the academisation conversion process this school year. We will keep stakeholders updated of the Governors' decision and next steps.


If any parent wishes to discuss this further please email the address above or contact Mrs. Barlow in person.

Academisation Documents


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Updated FAQs added 14/01/2022