SOME 22,000 children aged
from four to 18 are educated in church schools in the diocese of
Exeter, and most of those 131 schools are rated by OFSTED as good
or outstanding. Now, with the formal approval of the Department for
Education, the diocese has set up St Christopher's Multi-Academy
Trust, which will support schools that are becoming academies.
The trust, the Bishop of
Exeter, the Rt Revd Michael Langrish, says, "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 that are converting
to become academies. It's an exciting development in our
relationship with our schools".
The first schools to join the trust later this year will be
Ilfracombe Arts College (above), and St Michael's C of E
Primary School, in Heavitree, Exeter. More schools are expected to
join in the future.