New recruits for the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust

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By Jo Duckles

THREE more church schools have signed up to the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust. St Luke’s CE Primary in Maidenhead, Burchetts Green CE Infant School and St Peter’s CE Middle School in Old Windsor, have all joined the Academy Trust.

ODST was set up in 2012 to offer a meaningful partnership where schools can share best practice and work in support of one another with the added benefit of the central resources provided by the diocese. The schools have marked joining the trust with special assemblies. The Revd Sally Lynch, of St Luke’s Church, Maidenhead, said: “It was fab. We had a collective worship assembly with Anne Davey and Liz Manson from the Diocesan Schools team who joined us.” Sally is heavily involved in the school which was led out of special measures by headteacher Amanda Hough. Amanda said: ““We opened our doors to 2015 as a new member of ODST. We are very excited about the opportunity to join this forward thinking group of professionals, as they evolve into a multi academy trust centred on encapsulating educational excellence born out of the spirit of togetherness and Christianity. “

Sharon Yardley, headteacher of St Peter’s, said: “We have chosen ODST because we will be part of a group of Christian schools committed to being supportive of each other to help raise standards in all our schools. As a Church of England school, we are using our Christian values to drive forward improvement and joining ODST will further strengthen us.” Delia Sheppard, headteacher at Burchett’s Green, said: “It’s good to be part of Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST). I feel confident that working together we will maintain our outstanding achievements. We look forward to learning from and supporting other schools in the trust.”

Children at Burchett's Green Primary School with the Rt Revd David Jennings, school staff and members of the ODST staff team.

Children at Burchett’s Green Primary School with the Rt Revd David Jennings, school staff and members of the ODST staff team.

A dedication service took place just before the Door went to press. Delia added: “The Academy dedication service (Picture right) has been the perfect way to mark this important milestone in the history of our school. The children were excited about meeting the retired Bishop David Jennings and worked hard to make the occasion one to remember.”

(28/01/2015 – from the February 2015 edition of the Door.)

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