Marhamchurch C of E School joins Celtic Cross Education

Marhamchurch C of E School joins Celtic Cross Education 


Delight from the school community as Marhamchurch C of E Primary School joins an established and expanding multi-academy trust.

On 1 January 2018, Marhamchurch C of E Primary School formally joined Celtic Cross Education, the multi-academy trust supporting the school since 2016. Faye Emery, chair of the School Monitoring Council, said: “We’ve had incredible support while various changes took place within the school. Darren Hoare was brought in from the academy trust (then called The Saints’ Way) as acting head and will stay in this role for the foreseeable future, having stabilised the school during an unsettled period due to changes in leadership.”

Darren Hoare said: “It is my pleasure and privilege to have been appointed acting head of school at Marhamchurch. Our improvement journey is already well underway with all the staff working extremely hard to improve the outcomes for all pupils. Celtic Cross Education supported the school prior to its conversion and will continue to work in partnership with us to effect positive change.”

Stuart Renshaw, CEO of Celtic Cross Education, said: “The inclusion of Marhamchurch brings our family of schools to twelve. We are a strong church group but are always looking to support other schools in the community through our outreach work. Our aim is to continue to grow, and strength in numbers is something we advocate.”


Celtic Cross Education was launched on 1 December 2017, merging two existing multi-academy trusts: The Saints’ Way and St Piran’s Cross. The twelve schools within Celtic Cross Education are: Bishop Bronescombe, Grampound Road, Grampound with Creed, Ladock, Lerryn, Marhamchurch, St Mabyn, St Michael’s, St Petroc’s, St Tudy, St Winnow and Veryan. Celtic Cross Education has over 2100 pupils on roll.

Image: Faye Emery (chair of School Monitoring Council - centre) with Stuart Renshaw (CEO of Celtic Cross Education - right) and Darren Hoare (Head of School – left) at Marhamchurch C of E Primary School.