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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 new academic year has begun with energy, enthusiasm and commitment from staff, teachers and leaders across our Trust.  Vine Trust Board members recently had the opportunity to visit Southminster School and to see the school in action.  We were welcomed by the staff and pupils whose enthusiasm and interaction with their teachers was impressive to see.  An Ofsted investigation at the end of the Summer term highlighted ‘good’ leadership and management and personal development, behaviour and welfare.  Congratulations to all of the staff at Southminster.

We were pleased to extend a warm welcome to Mrs More and all the staff at Rivenhall Church of England Primary School who joined the Vine Schools Trust on 1st September 2018.

Monday 1st October 2018 saw the first Vine Conference held in Colchester and provided the opportunity for all teaching staff from our 19 academies to come together and share good practices.  An inspirational talk from Shirley Clarke, one of the leading educational thinkers of today, formed part of the Conference and schools are already benefiting from new ideas and strategies being implemented leading on from this valuable and enjoyable day.  The afternoon was a forum for schools to provide and attend workshops.  We were delighted that Bishop Stephen was able to join us and his uplifting presentation was much appreciated.

The support of the Chelmsford Diocesan to the Trust continues with a Vine Schools Trust Cathedral Day in November and an exciting agenda for the day is in place.  We hope that staff and pupils alike will enjoy the day.

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.