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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

I would like to thank Phil Preston for his service as Chair of the Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust Board. Phil’s term of office ended this term, he leaves us in a strong position to move forwards. Tim Rose has been appointed as the new Chair of the Vine Trust Board, his pen pic can be found on the Vine website.

With Christmas and the end of term approaching, Nativities and Christmas Celebrations are in full swing at schools across our Trust.  

Thank you to every member of staff who has supported pupils so they can take part in these Christmas events.  Your dedication, skill and patience have created moments that spread joy that will live long in the memory.

I would like to pass on congratulations to Eleanor from Howbridge who designed the Christmas card for the Education Department at the Diocese and Erika from St James Harlow who designed the Vine Christmas card.

The way leaders, teachers and staff are balancing Christmas celebrations with promoting the highest quality teaching and learning is inspiring. Congratulations to both Belchamp St Paul and St Andrew’s for receiving good SIAMS outcomes and to Orsett who received a positive Challenge Partner report.  The majority of our schools are preparing for Challenge Partners next term and I look forward to hearing about the positive difference you are making.  

Thank you all for continuing to be the custodians of pupils’ learning. Merry Christmas to you all.

Kind Regards


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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.