Celtic Cross Education FAQs – June 2022
What is happening?
The decision has been made to close Celtic Cross Education as a trust, and for our schools to join three separate trusts in the region at the beginning of the new academic year in September 2022. While this is not a decision we have taken lightly, we believe it is the best possible course of action to ensure the continued success of our individual schools.
How were these trusts chosen?
Each of these trusts – The Rainbow Multi-Academy Trust, St Barnabas Multi-Academy Trust and the Learning Academy Partnership – were chosen due to the values we share, their positive impact in their local areas, and their ability to provide both staff and pupils with a high-quality network of support. As a result, we are confident Celtic Cross Education’s schools will be made to feel extremely welcome and are with trusts which are best placed to support their ongoing success.
As you may be aware, Celtic Cross Education’s CEO, Stuart Renshaw, will be retiring at the end of this academic year. With Stuart’s departure came the opportunity to re-evaluate our role as a trust, both in light of the Department for Education’s latest policy on multi-academy trusts, and our own specific regional context, and assess what is best for our schools to ensure they are continuing to provide an excellent standard of education across the region.
Which schools are going where?
The schools are due to join the following:
The Rainbow Multi-Academy Trust, a group of 5 schools based in and around Troon, Cornwall. They will support:
o St Michael’s Church of England Primary School
o Bishop Bronescombe Church of England Primary School
o Grampound Road Village Church of England Primary School
o Grampound with Creed Church of England Primary School
o Ladock Church of England Primary School
o Veryan Church of England Primary School
St Barnabas Multi-Academy Trust, a group of 8 schools based in and around Liskeard, Cornwall. They will support:
o St Mabyn Church of England Primary School
o St Tudy Church of England Primary School
o Lerryn Church of England Primary School
o St Winnow Church of England Primary School
o St Petroc's Church of England Primary School
The Learning Academy Partnership (LAPSW), a Multi-Academy Trust based in the South West, will support Marhamchurch Church of England Primary School.
Will the schools receive new Heads and staff?
We do not have any plans to make staffing changes. School staff will TUPE across to new trusts and retain their current terms and conditions.
Will pupils need new uniforms?
No. There are currently no plans to change existing uniforms.
Will the school meal provider change?
No. There are currently no plans to change the existing school meal provider.
Will the school day change?
We do not anticipate there being any changes to how the school day is run.
Will I meet representatives from the new trusts?
Yes. Over the coming weeks, staff from the new trusts will be making an active effort to meet and get to know parents, children, and staff from the schools.
Who can I contact if I have any other questions or comments?
You can contact the team with any queries via our new dedicated mailbox firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, you can make representations to the Regional Schools Director for the area by emailing email@example.com.