Our History

The Queen Katherine School Multi-Academy Trust (QKSMAT) was established in 2013/2014 and is committed to providing high quality education and the best learning experiences and outcomes for all the students in our schools. The QKSMAT operates across a diverse geographical area and works with a range of schools across South Lakeland and North Lancashire, including schools on Walney Island, in Kendal and in Morecambe and Lancaster.
The Queen Katherine School became a converter academy in 2011 and we now have three schools within our Trust:
  • The Queen Katherine School, Kendal, an 11-18 comprehensive school
  • Walney School, an 11-16 comprehensive school, joined the MAT in 2014
  • George Hastwell School, Walney, a special educational needs school for 3-19, joined the MAT in 2015.
In 2022, the Members and Trustees made the decision to rename the trust to The Fells Multi Academy Trust. The Trust continues to work with other schools and looks forward to growing as a multi academy trust in the future.
Our Trust is keen to develop and grow further in the future and if you are a school considering joining a MAT, wanting more information about our Trust or wanting to see what we can offer your school, then please do visit our 'Work with Us' page.