Diocese of Carlisle’s Multi Academy Trust welcomes fourth school

Oct 13, 2015

The Diocese of Carlisle's Multi Academy Trust has become Cumbria’s largest in terms of partner schools after a fourth joined.

Ambleside CE Primary School officially converted to become a MAT member on Thursday 1 October.

The school will officially celebrate its conversion during a day of celebrations later this week (Thursday 15 October).

Headteacher Sarah Carrick said: “This is a special day for Ambleside Primary School. We felt it was important to mark it as an exciting new chapter in the history of education in Ambleside.

“The school’s last inspection placed us in Special Measures but we have improved the school remarkably since then. Parents have been incredibly supportive during the process of conversion and becoming an academy is now the next step in securing further school improvement .”

The school has a roll of 104 children from Nursery through to Year 6. As part of the celebrations, children will make bunting to decorate the hall as well as writing their hopes for their school on special tags which will be tied to the railings.

In the afternoon pupils will be joined by staff, parents, governors and directors of the Trust for a special assembly at 2.30pm, with the Bishop of Penrith, the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman, presenting a letter of welcome and Westmorland and Lonsdale MP and Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron also speaking in support of the school.

Nigel Kingdon, the Chair of the local Governing Body, said: “In recent years the government has been driving a systematic move away from Local Authority support for schools, moving them towards independence.

“It is important, particularly for small schools, to belong to a group which can be mutually challenging and supportive, and take advantage of economies of scale in buying services so that school staff can concentrate on the children and families rather than administration.

“Through membership of the Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust we see these opportunities within an organisation whose values, moral purpose and inclusive philosophy will serve our children, families and staff well as we move into the future.”

The Trust’s ultimate aim is to provide robust and sustained school effectiveness, within a Christian ethos and structure. It provides like-minded schools with the opportunity 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.

Michael Mill, the diocese's Director of Education, Children and Young People, said: “Having our fourth member school join the MAT makes us one of the county’s largest in terms of the number of partner schools.

“This is something to be celebrated and demonstrates that the model of support and growth we can offer is something schools right across Cumbria are keen to explore and commit to.

“We have been working very closely with everyone at Ambleside CE Primary to get to this point and have developed very close ties with everyone at the school. We know that as we move forward together those ties will be strengthened to the benefit of all.”

Lazonby CE Primary was the first school to join The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust in February of this year. It was followed in June by Heversham St Peter’s CE Primary School and last month Braithwaite CE Primary joined.



There will be a picture opportunity at Ambleside CE Primary School at 1430 on Thursday 15 October, 2015. To confirm attendance and for more information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk or Michael Mill, Director of Education Children and Young People at director.education@carlislediocese.org.uk.

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