First non-church school joins the Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust

Mar 17, 2017

The first non-church school has joined the Diocese of Carlisle’s The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust.

Lorton Primary School – which has 70 pupils and 12 members of staff - became the fifth member school of the Trust on Wednesday 1 March.

Headteacher Olivia Harrison said: "In order to continue providing our family and child-centred approach to teaching, Lorton Primary School has joined the Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust. After very careful consideration we felt that in order to access essential back office services and support, the best option was to join a MAT.

“This will allow the school to continue focusing on teaching and provide the very best environment for any child to learn and explore. Becoming an academy may seem like big news, but at pupil and parent level there will be no apparent change apart from an even friendlier and less stressed face from our very dedicated and highly skilled team here at Lorton.

“In joining the Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust, we will be joining a group of schools who believe that everyone has something to offer and schooling is about much more than attainment targets."

The Trust’s 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 Acting Chief Executive of the Trust, said: ‘’It has been a pleasure to work with the governing body of the school. As schools continue to consider academy status we have shown that all schools – both church and community - will feel at home within the Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust.

“We believe that we have a vision and a way of working that enables schools to thrive by receiving the support they need and focus on the things that really matter.”

Darren Ward, Chair of the new Local Governing Body, said: ‘’The governing body looked closely at academy status and felt that this was a step that all schools would eventually need to take. In looking at The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust we felt that it very much reflected the values and ethos of our school and was an organisation we could work with.

“As a non-church school we will not be required to adopt any of the features of a church school but we feel we have much to offer to the development and growth of the Trust.’’

A special assembly is being planned at Lorton Primary where the school will be presented with a certificate of welcome by the Trust.

Notes to editors
The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust launched in April 2014 and has five member schools: Lazonby CE Primary, Heversham St Peter’s CE Primary School, Braithwaite CE Primary, Ambleside Primary and Lorton Primary.


For more information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at


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