Press Release

On the 1st September 2014 the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust was formed. Christ the King, St. Cuthbert’s and St. Mary’s Catholic Academies are the first three member schools of the Trust. Established by the Lancaster RC Diocese the Trust aims to bring together the many different, skills, talents and experiences in the three schools to develop a distinctive high quality education for all children.

The Trust was named after the locally born Catholic Martyr, Edward Bamber. Explaining the Trust’s new logo, Stephen Tierney the Executive Director said, “There is a story that the Blessed Edward Bamber once escaped from the authorities over a bridge. The bridge is a powerful metaphor about our connectedness and the importance of transition. Our academies are rooted in their local communities and connected to the wider Catholic community especially the Catholic primary schools and parishes in the area. We aim to work together, using our combined knowledge of the different phases of schooling, to ensure we have the best transition possible from primary to secondary school and onto St. Mary’s Sixth Form. Transition is often thought about as a series of different bridges from children’s personal and social transition to their transition as learners.”

Working together, the Executive Director and the headteachers of the three academies have already implemented extended professional development opportunities for their staff to work together. Cross phase programmes are being finalised for further developing leadership, the quality of teaching and learning in Mathematics across the academies. The new Chair of the Board of Directors, Barry Leyland, emphasised the benefits of the schools working more closely together, “These professional development programmes have been deliberately chosen as we want staff from the primary and secondary schools to be working together. Their focus will be on providing a seamless education for children. Any lessons we learn will be shared with the family of Blackpool Catholic Schools and beyond. These are very exciting times.”

The formation of the Multi Academy Trust is a continuation of the partnership work of the schools The new Christ the King Parish Church, which is already being used by the parish, will be formally opened by Bishop Michael Campbell OSA in September 2014. The brand new, stunning Christ the King Catholic Academy opens its doors on the 3rd September 2014 to welcome back pupils for the new academic year.

We believe that together we can do more and be more for the young people we serve. 

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