Assembly celebrations as first school joins Diocese of Carlisle’s Multi Academy Trust

Feb 2, 2015

Pupils and staff at Lazonby C of E School celebrate joining The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust

A special assembly has been held to celebrate the first partner school joining the Diocese of Carlisle's new Multi Academy Trust.

Lazonby C of E School is the first school in the county to join up with The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust.

The school officially joined yesterday, with the assembly being held this morning for pupils, staff and governors.

It comes 19 months after the Trust received formal approval to become an academy sponsor.

Michael Mill, the diocese's Director of Education, Children and Young People, said: “This forms an important landmark, both for us as a Trust and also for the children, staff and parents connected to Lazonby CofE School.

“As a church school we already have very close links with all at Lazonby , but this new partnership strengthens that relationship and will help ensure a successful and sustainable future for the school.

“A huge amount of work has been ongoing to prepare for this moment. We know this will be a mutually beneficial relationship and that much will continue to be done to ensure everyone at Lazonby School has the means to excel. It’s an exciting time for Lazonby School. As the first school to join our Trust they can actively work to shape the dynamics of our working relationship.”

The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust’s ultimate aim is to provide robust and sustained school effectiveness, within a Christian ethos and structure.

Coupled with that are the benefits that like-minded schools will have to shape their future and think about curriculum innovation, as well as looking to develop new support structures focused on the needs of the schools in the Trust.

Yvonne Standing, is the headteacher of Lazonby C of E School, which has 82 pupils including nursery children and a total of 18 staff.

She said: “Lazonby C of E School is thrilled to be part of The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust as we believe it will allow us to work as part of a family of schools who are like-minded, sharing our Christian values and wanting the best for their schools and their communities.

“Joining the Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust will mean greater freedoms for us as a school community, around our curriculum and budget, with the added security of being able to work with other schools in the Multi Academy Trust across the county.”

These sentiments were echoed by the Chair of Governors, Sarah Threlkeld-Brown, who added: “The future of Lazonby C of E School is looking very exciting and we will continue to strive to ensure that it is a place to grow and learn. We live by our school motto 'Dream, Believe, Achieve' if you can dream it you can achieve it and we want to continue to make our children's educational dreams a reality.”

Special prayer cards have also been handed out and St Nicholas Church is to dedicate a service to the school and its new venture with the Trust.

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev’d James Newcome, said: “It is wonderful to hear that the diocese’s Multi Academy Trust is welcoming its first partner school. This Trust was set up in the spirit of collaborative Christian partnership and support. I look forward with genuine excitement to see where God’s will takes us on that journey, as we look to secure and improve our children’s education whilst also supporting staff and parents.”

Three further schools are also set to join Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust in the near future. For further information go to

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