St James and Emmanuel Academy Trust
Executive Headteacher: Matt Whitehead

The St James and Emmanuel Academy Trust is multi-academy trust currently  consisting of three schools in South Manchester:

  • Didsbury CofE Primary School
  • St Wilfrid’s CofE Aided Primary School,Northenden
  • West Didsbury CE Primary School

Matt Whitehead is the Executive Headteacher of the trust.

What we can offer:

  1. High quality continuous provision at Key Stage 1 with a focus on the deployment of teaching assistants and independent learning (Didsbury CE and West Didsbury CE)
  2. High quality maths teaching throughout Key Stage 2 (Didsbury CE)
  3. High quality humanities and science work (Didsbury CE)
  4. First hand experience of free school applications and project development (West Didsbury CE)
  5. First hand experience of the journey out of special measures (St Wilfrid’s CE) – although we have not yet had a new Ofsted judgement on the academy which opened 1st July 2017

Didsbury CE Primary School

Headteacher: Simon Ball
Address: Didsbury CE, Elm Grove, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6RL
Telephone: 0161 445 7144


Didsbury CE was judged as outstanding back in November 2008 and performance has been very strong and consistent since then. Didsbury CE is a one form entry faith school located in the heart of Didsbury village in a listed Victorian school building.

West Didsbury CE Primary School

Headteacher: Hannah Large
Address: West Didsbury CE, Central Road, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 4ZA
Telephone: 0161 448 1611


West Didsbury CE is a new two form entry free school which opened in September 2015 with just two Reception classes and will grow each year until it reaches capacity in Sept. 2021. As a free school it has both faith and community places and the intake reflects the multi cultural local   community. It will be inspected during the 2017-18 academic year and currently key progress measures are very strong.

St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School

Headteacher: Helena Miller
Address: St Wilfrid’s CE, Patterdale Road, Northenden, Manchester M22 4NR
Telephone: 0161 998 3663


St Wilfrid’s CE is a 1.5 form entry primary which joined the Trust in July 2016 after being inspected in May 2015 and being placed in special measures. The Trust initially worked alongside the LA, Diocese and IEB and is now responsible for improving the outcomes for children at the school. The school has greater deprivation indices than either West Didsbury CE or Didsbury CE and has a varied socio-economic intake. All HMI inspections during the time the school was in special measures showed that the school was making good progress.