Diocese of Exeter given Government approval for school academy plans
THE Department of Education has approved the orders to allow the first schools to join the Diocese of Exeter’s new multi-academy trust.
The Trust, named St Christopher’s, has been set up by the diocese to enable it to support schools which are becoming academies.
The Diocese of Exeter has 131 church schools across Devon, which educate around 22,000 children aged 4-18. The vast majority of church schools in the diocese are rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding.
The Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Michael Langrish, said: “This Trust is dedicated to supporting our sponsored schools, through working with parents, governors and staff, to become beacons of high standards, good practice and service to the local community. The diocese has a long standing reputation in supporting schools, and St Christopher’s will enable us to work even more closely with schools that are converting to become academies. It’s an exciting development in our relationship with our schools.”
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“I am glad that we are now able to fully and finally welcome schools into a new relationship with our diocesan family,” he added.
The first schools to join the Trust later this year will be Ilfracombe Arts College and St Michael’s Church of England Primary School in Heavitree, Exeter. More schools are expected to join the Trust in the future.
Philip Mantell, director of the Diocesan Board of Education, said: “We’re delighted to be in a position to sponsor and support schools converting to an academy. The diocese, through the St Christopher’s Trust, will support each school to build on its performance and will ensure the Christian values of our Church Schools, which are so valued by parents, remain strong.”