The Dayspring Trust

Welcome to The Dayspring Trust which consists of two over-subscribed 11-16 Church of England academies: Ian Ramsey CE Academy in Stockton-on-Tees and Venerable Bede CE Academy in Sunderland. We aim to:

  • Forge a supportive and challenging family of schools
  • Provide excellent education within a strong Christian community
  • Resource our students for wise and generous living

As a Church of England multi-academy trust, we place EACH child at the centre of our vision and all of our decision making as a child of God.

Ethos of The Dayspring Trust

Our mission together is to bring a first class education and a breadth of opportunity to all of our pupils in light of the Christian Gospel. We also hope that these opportunities benefit the wider community, whether locally, nationally or internationally, such as in the links from both academies to Lesotho, a country within South Africa with which we have strong educational links.

At the heart of everything is inclusion. We are committed to being inclusive and serve equally those, who are of the Christian faith, those of other faiths and those with no faith. We seek to give opportunities that educate, encourage participation and increase the aspirations of our young people, but also seek the same opportunities for all of our staff, regardless of their role within the trust. Everyone is valued for the role they play and we see opportunities for professional development as pivotal to this vision. Working with young people is a vocation and we are here to serve our community. Being true to our Christian values and keeping the well-being of our pupils at the heart of all decision-making are the keys to success.

We do pride ourselves on being inclusive, neighbourhood schools and hope to inspire, in our pupils, a love of learning that will stay with them long after they reach the school leaving age. We believe in encouraging each pupil to have high self-esteem and to realise that, by believing in themselves and through hard work, they can reach their true potential as children of God. We also believe firmly in Pupil Voice; by listening to our young people, we can improve their education and the opportunities that we can offer.

We take a strong stance against bullying and passionately believe that every child has the right to feel safe and nurtured whilst in our care. It is important that we model tolerance at every opportunity so that our young people leave us at 16 with the skills and moral purpose to make a difference to their communities.

Our Christian and British values underpin all of our actions and I encourage you to visit each academy’s website to see some excellent examples of how we live these values every day.

We have an open door policy and welcome you to The Dayspring Trust. Please contact the Head Teacher’s Personal Assistant if you would like to arrange a visit or a tour at either of our academies. We look forward to meeting you.

Best regards

Gill BoothGill Booth
Executive Headteacher
Stuart BainNeil Williams
Chair of the MAT Board
Dayspring Trust
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