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Welcome to the Diocese of Chelmsford
Vine Schools Trust

Welcome to the website for the The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust.

It is our aim to help our schools deliver, within a Christian context, the best educational, spiritual, physical, social and emotional outcomes for children and their families. This is achieved through a range of partnerships, including; schools, each local community, churches and our Multi-Academy Trust.

We believe each partner has much to offer. We want our pupils and staff to achieve their full potential. We also welcome other schools from beyond the family of Church of England schools.

Message from the CEO - John Crane

Dear All,

The spring term 2018 has begun with energy, enthusiasm and commitment from staff, teachers and leaders across our Trust. It has been fantastic to see pupils’ motivation and excitement as I visit the schools. It is an especially exciting time for St Cedds who are putting the final details together as they prepare for a visit from some children from China. Pupils at St Cedds have been learning Mandarin for a number of years so this will be an opportunity for them to practice.

This term two of our academies have been visited by Ofsted. One report has been published and congratulations go to St James Harlow who have received a ‘good’ judgement with ‘outstanding’ for personal development and welfare. This is wonderful news for a school that joined the Vine in special measures. Congratulations to all of the staff at St James but especially those of you who have been on the full journey!

Challenge Partners visits are underway. I have been delighted to receive so many positive reports and read about the progress our academies are making. These provide an opportunity to take stock of the current position and plan for future developments.

Moderation training for every Vine academy is currently underway. This has been funded by the Vine with the aim of having trained moderators in every academy. This will bring obvious advantages as we quality assure the judgements in every year group.

Along with some Vine Headteachers I had the pleasure of attending the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership ‘Called Connected Committed’ conference in London. We enjoyed talks from HMCI Amanda Spielman who reminded us that schools need support networks and Rt Rev’d Stephen Cottrell reminding us that we were all created by God.

Kind Regards

John Crane

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Our Academies

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Our vision is to serve our local communities by providing excellent education and develop Christian character.

The most important part of what we do is help facilitate improvement in our academies such that the children have the very best possible experience as they grow into mature and confident learners with a strong sense of morality and values.