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Above: Ann Connor OBE, St Joseph Catholic Multi Academy Trust chair of the board, cuts the ribbon alongside James Forber, St Chad's high school headteacher.
St Chad’s Catholic and Church of England High School in Halton became the first school to join a new Roman Catholic multi-academy trust run in partnership with the Archdiocese of Liverpool, the Diocese of Shrewsbury and the Diocese of Chester.
St Joseph Catholic Multi Academy Trust has been launched to provide the very best educational opportunities for children and young people in the North West of England.
A further five schools in the Liverpool City Region are due to join St Joseph next month with more transferring in the summer term and then in the next academic year.
All the schools which join St Joseph will benefit from being part of both an academy trust and the wider Diocesan education family, which together will bring opportunities for staff to share, learn from and introduce best practice, as well as access continuing professional development from external providers. The model will mean that students in the schools will receive great teaching and learning, helping ensure high standards in all areas of school life. It is expected that the schools which join St Joseph will leave the trust in two or three years to join other Catholic academy trusts as their permanent home.
St Joseph’s first chief executive officer is Andrew Truby. Mr Truby was formerly the executive headteacher of two Ofsted-rated outstanding schools in Sheffield. He also led a third school that was in special measures when he took it on, and which he turned around so that it is now judged by Ofsted to be good. He is also a National Leader of Education and the strategic lead for Learning Unlimited Teaching School Alliance, a teaching school with one of the strongest track records in the region, and of St Wilfrid’s English Hub.
James Forber, headteacher of St Chad’s Catholic and Church of England High School, said: “I am delighted that St Chad’s has today joined St Joseph. We have gained so much from being part of the local authority and I would like to put on record my gratitude to all the support they have provided us.
“However, we believe that now is the right time for a new chapter in our school’s story. Our aims are simple – for the students of St Chad’s to receive the highest quality education and for St Chad’s to be best the school it possibly can be. We believe these can best be served as part of St Joseph Catholic Multi Academy Trust.”
Andrew Truby, the first substantive chief executive officer of the trust, said: “I am very excited that we are underway and so pleased that St Chad’s is the first school to join. It is a great school, with so much potential and I am so looking forward to seeing it flourish as part of the academy trust.
“In my career I have been committed to transforming children’s lives through a world-class education and this underpins all my work. This aligns perfectly with St Joseph’s mission. We want to provide a Catholic home for schools whose children and young people are nurtured and challenged to reach their potential.”
Halton school becomes first to join new Roman Catholic academy trust
We believe that now is the right time for a new chapter in our school’s story