Dayspring Trust: Welcome

A welcome from the Executive Headteacher and the Chair of the Dayspring Trust

The Dayspring Trust 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.

Our vision is to:

  • Forge a supportive and challenging family of schools
  • Provide excellent education within a strong Christian community
  • Resource our pupils 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 who serve our community.

Through our DEEP curriculum, we 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.

To do this, we offer a DEEP curriculum that is built on our 5 Christian values (Hope, Joy, Forgiveness, Wisdom and Perseverance) and is surrounded by our 3 simple rules: Ready, Respectful, Safe.

Through our DEEP curriculum, every child is going to:

Develop a love of learning, academic excellence and perseverance in a Christian context

Engage in a wide range of opportunities in joyful, meaningful contexts to develop self-worth and mastery of knowledge and skills

Encourage themselves and others to be aspirational and make wise choices so that they are prepared for life

Practise equality of opportunity by valuing diversity, actively challenging prejudice and demonstrating forgiveness and hope.

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 value diversity, actively challenge prejudice and model our Christian values at every opportunity. By doing this, our young people will leave us at 16 with the skills and moral purpose to make a difference to their own lives and to the lives of 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 also have an open door policy and welcome you to The Dayspring Trust. Please contact the Headteacher’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
Neil WilliamsNeil Williams
Chair of the MAT Board
Dayspring Trust
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