Lazonby CE School receives 'Good' Ofsted Outcome

Jan 15, 2018

 News Release: Lazonby Church of England School receives “good” Ofsted outcome

 Lazonby Church of England School became the first academy that is a member of the Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust to be inspected by Ofsted.

 The inspection in December praised Andrew Davies, the Headteacher, for successfully implementing wide ranging reforms within the school, all of which are contributing to rapid improvement. The inspector commented that ‘visiting the school enables one to appreciate how happy and how well looked after pupils are. The highly positive and aspirational culture is formed through excellent staff/pupil relationships.’

 The report noted that the multi-academy trust had provided systems to monitor the progress

of pupils and is well placed to provide the necessary support. The leadership team as a whole has considerable capacity to ensure pupils continue to be well taught and thrive.

 The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust launched in April 2014 and has five member schools: Lazonby CE Primary, Braithwaite CE Primary, Ambleside CE Primary, Lorton Primary and Whitfield CE Primary.

 It aims 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 Acting CEO of The Good Shepherd MAT said: “We are delighted with the report and it reflects all the hard work and commitment from the staff and Local Governing Body.  We continue to explore expressions of interest with other potential academy partners and it is heartening that school communities can see the benefits of our academy membership in terms of long-term support, encouragement and success, set within a Christian ethos and as we demonstrate a proven track record.” 

Andrew Davies said: "We are really pleased with the outcome of the report which reflects all the hard work undertaken by the pupils, staff and the Local Governing Body. We have been grateful for the support we have received from the Trust to enable us to focus on improving outcomes at the school."



Note for Editors:

 What the Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust says about itself:

We are a family of academy schools centred in Cumbria who share a common set of values and a desire to work together to provide high quality education for children in our communities. Our Trust is sponsored by the Diocese of Carlisle who provide us with support and who ensure our governance at Trust level makes us a suitable home for church schools as well as non-church schools. We are a mixture of church and non-church academies and our status before becoming academies is reflected in the composition of our local governing bodies. At the moment we are all primary academies but our family is open to secondary schools and special schools too.

 Our schools help deliver the best educational, spiritual and emotional outcomes for children and their families. This is achieved through a collaborative partnership between schools, community, churches and the central support team of the Trust, where everyone has something to offer. We want our pupils and staff to enjoy life in all its fullness, both while they are part of our family and beyond. Our schools enjoy the maximum autonomy appropriate to their circumstances and we make sure they get support when they need it.  We have an experienced group of directors who give freely of their time and expertise, setting the strategic direction for our Trust, supporting the operation of the Trust and ensuring compliance with legal and government requirements.

 For further information please contact Richard Pratt, Assistant Diocesan Communications Officer,  on 01900 66190 or at

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