I am delighted to be able to give my support to the establishment of The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust. We are very proud of our church schools within the Diocese of Carlisle, and the way in which those schools serve the wider community. The Academy will strengthen support for those schools and encourage them to draw strength from each other. In this way, we hope that their unique ethos will be enhanced, so that the Christian values they promote, of trust, honesty, empathy and service of others, can be more widely shared.
Above all, our priority must always be for the care, nurture and upbringing of our children. In that sense the new Academy is well named, as we seek to follow the example of Christ, the Good Shepherd, who knew his sheep and wanted them to enjoy life in all its fullness.
I wish the new Multi Academy Trust well, and look forward to welcoming students and their families, staff and governors, to this collaborative partnership.
James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle