The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust's Aims and Mission


Our church schools help deliver, within a Christian context, the best educational, spiritual and emotional outcomes for children and their families. This is achieved through partnership with schools, churches and our Multi Academy Trust. We want all our pupils and staff to achieve their full potential through teaching excellence in Cumbria.

Our core Christian values are at the heart of everything we do.

Our core aim is to provide children of all faiths and none with excellent educational provision within a caring and supportive Christian ethos. We have at the centre of our mission and purpose the belief that every child has a God given right to educational excellence through the provision of high quality schooling.

The church’s overall mission is to support communities in need and, in particular, support children and young people and their families in achieving their potential. Every member of theTrust family of schools will be valued and encouraged to fulfil their potential. The Trust will seek to empower learners and the wider community in order to bring about a step-change in achievement and expectation of learning, recognising that tomorrow’s learners will live in a global economy facing increasing challenges posed by rapid environmental and economic change.

We acknowledge the importance of making sure that young people and families in our schools achieve their best.


In our Trust we believe ...

  • Everyone has something to offer
  • We are on a shared journey, being there for each other and not feeling isolated
  • Trust, honesty, empathy and social responsibility are the Christian values that frame the work of our Academy Trust
  • We are here for the whole person, spiritually, morally and socially
  • In working with transparency and openness

This means ...

  • Focusing on everyone achieving their best and not just on attainment targets
  • Making sure we are an effective sponsor of schools that need our support, thus protecting their church school status where necessary
  • Being open to community schools if they want to join
  • Being a strong voice in ‘system leadership’ and a vehicle for school to school support and being part of wider local arrangements for collaboration
  • Supporting and judging schools on their context and not just on exam results and inspection outcomes
  • Speaking up for church schools

Benefits to schools ...

  • Providing a real choice for schools when considering their future in uncertain times
  • Giving schools the opportunity to focus on what really matters
  • Providing greater security for small schools through flexibility in organisation and structure
  • Supporting small schools that want academy ‘freedoms’ but are concerned at the risks and paperwork involved
  • Building on existing strengths and potential to strengthen church ethos
  • Providing a distinctively Christian structure, curriculum, policy and services through the exploiting of academy freedoms
  • Enabling economies of scale not available to some schools

The Trust will help you to make a difference by ...

  • Ensuring that Directors are suitably experienced with a proven track record in enabling school improvement
  • Welcoming and supporting direct input from academy local governing bodies
  • Providing services to schools based around our core Christian values
  • Embracing the networks that support our family of Church schools

For more information about what academies are visit the Department for Education website.