We are looking to grow our trust and are interested in speaking to like-minded schools.

  • In light of the white paper are you exploring academisation?
  • Do you want to be a lead partner in a growing multi-academy trust?
  • Are you interested in utilising the expertise of our own Research School and SCITT to enhance teacher development and recruitment in your school?
  • Are you looking for a trust that is respectful of retaining a school’s unique characteristics and autonomy, as well as being committed to collaborative working?

If the answer to the above questions is yes, then come along to our forthcoming MAT information evening on Thursday 29th September 2022 at 6.00pm to hear more.  Click here for further details.

Our Trust

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Durrington High School

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The Laurels Primary School


Durrington Research School


The South Downs SCITT


DMAT IT Services

Who are DMAT?

Durrington Multi Academy Trust is a small trust based in West Sussex. We are committed to supporting and freeing up school leaders so they can focus their time on evidence-informed approaches to teacher development, that will enhance pupil learning.

Durrington Multi Academy Trust was founded in 2014. We currently comprise of Durrington High School, The Laurels Primary School, Durrington Research School and The South Downs SCITT.

Why join the DMAT journey?

You can trust us to work with you to deliver significant improvement
Our ethos and culture is built upon decades of success from school leaders within DMAT who understand the challenges of working in schools in our locality. The education of the young people we serve is too important to be left to chance. We know what is needed to help them grow, flourish and go beyond their best.
We will free school leaders' time to focus on their core purpose.
Within DMAT we have a strong framework of policies, systems and support, including financial, HR and legal services. This support frees up school leaders within our schools to focus on their core purpose – improving the quality of teaching and learning.
We understand that schools are unique organisations
At DMAT we understand that one size doesn’t fit all. We also want our schools to maintain their individual identity, within the DMAT framework. So, we take the time to get to know our schools, understand their context and the challenges they are facing. This then allows us to work together to formulate a bespoke and high impact plan to secure success for all.
Our focus on an evidence informed approach frames effective professional development
Having only one of 32 Research Schools within the trust means that the use of evidence is at the heart of everything we do. This ensures that we have a wide ranging and flexible programme of support and development activities for teachers and leaders, based on the most relevant and up to date educational research. This means that DMAT staff focus their efforts on what works – and not what might work.

Get in touch Aggie Gemel (agemel@dmat.education) to arrange an informal, confidential conversation

I am able to draw on other DMAT leaders for finance, site and HR/legal support leaving me to focus on my children, staff and school. The school has become secure financially and the site facilities continuously improve.

Thanks to our strong relationship with the Durrington Research School, our staff and practice are evidence informed.

Charlotte Bull, Headteacher, The Laurels Primary School

The support provided by DMAT has been unparalleled. From the Research school’s leadership of teaching and learning, to the SCITT enabling us to recruit the very best ECTs the support to Durrington High School has been hugely beneficial.

As a school leader there continues to be a huge amount of expert background support that enables us to focus on our core purpose, from legal to HR, wellbeing to admissions there is nothing that DMAT doesn’t offer.

Chris Woodcock, Head of School, Durrington High School