Multi Academy Trust

The HISP MAT was formed as of January 2020 starting with Thornden School. In July 2020 Portswood and Tanners Brook joined the MAT.  As a MAT we aim to ensure that our schools have strong and talented leadership and staff, who in turn will ensure that the young people who are in each of the schools have access to excellent education, support and wider opportunities.

Our focus is to support schools to be strong within their communities as well as playing a part in their community. Being part of this MAT will ensure that schools have the wider access to colleagues and partnerships, designed to support and challenge schools, ensuring young people thrive and are ready for each phase of their education.

Academic outcomes are important and schools, Local Governing Bodies and Trustees will have an active role in ensuring that opportunities and outcomes are strong.



Extract from Articles of Association


  1. to advance for the public benefit education in the United Kingdom, in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, by establishing, maintaining, carrying on, managing and developing schools offering a broad and balanced curriculum (“the mainstream Academies”) or educational institutions which are principally concerned with providing full-time or part-time education for children of compulsory school age who, by reason of illness, exclusion from school or otherwise, may not for any period receive suitable education unless alternative provision is made for them (“the alternative provision Academies”) or 16 to 19 Academies offering a curriculum appropriate to the needs of its students (“the 16 to 19 Academies”) or schools specially organised to make special educational provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs (“the Special Academies”)
  2. to promote for the benefit of individuals living in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth or any county or unitary authority in which an Academy is located who have need by reason of their age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social and economic circumstances or for the public at large the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time activities in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving the condition of life of the said individuals.


  • Mr Derek Boden
  • Dr Veronica Radford
  • Mrs Sue Allen
  • Mr Tim Ricketts
  • Mr Jonathan Johnson


  • Mrs Liz Challand
  • Mrs Amanda Hunter
  • Mr Andrew Parr, Chair of Trust Board
  • Mr Phil Sampson
  • Miss Su Whelan, CEO of HISP MAT