On 3 December, over 700 children and 100 staff gathered together with Bishop Tim, the Dean of Truro and local church leaders, at a special service in St Petroc’s Church, Bodmin, to celebrate the inauguration of the Saints Way Multi Academy Trust.

The Trust brings under one umbrella the financial, resourcing, budgeting and physical management of the four small rural schools at St Mabyn, Lerryn, St Tudy and St Winnow, and the larger one of St Petroc’s in the town of Bodmin.

These five Church of England schools are involved in this bold move to be sustainable in the ever-changing and challenging world of education and in the face of an impending squeeze on funding.

“It has taken just under a year of capturing the hearts and imagination of governors, staff and parents to build the foundations of working collaboratively as a group of five schools,” said Stuart Renshaw, head teacher at St Petroc’s School.

“And right from the start there was a solemn commitment to ensure that each individual school would retain its own identity and ethos and will, to all intents and purposes, look and feel exactly at it did prior to the centralisation of its management.”

Commenting, Director of Education for the Diocese of Truro, Sue Green said: “We have worked really closely with the schools to establish something new and exciting that seeks to serve each community and provide the very best for all the children. The five schools have embraced to opportunity to re-establish the Church’s mission and work in a creative way.”


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