Northern Saints Catholic Education Trust update

1st March 2019

Further to earlier dialogue regarding the proposal for the Northern Saints Catholic Education Trust to expand to include St Joseph’s Catholic Education Trust, Hebburn, St Mary’s RC Primary School, Jarrow and Our Lady of the Rosary RC VA Primary School, Peterlee I am pleased to inform you that the Regional Schools Commissioner and Headteacher Board have, at their meeting on 14th February 2019, given agreement in principle to our plans.

The next steps include working closely with the Department of Education and our solicitors to ensure all legal paperwork is completed and appropriate assets and liabilities are transferred to the Trust. We are currently working towards transfer dates of 1st April 2019 and 1st May 2019 and will keep you updated accordingly.

In the meantime please be assured that we are working collaboratively to ensure, in line with the Diocesan direction of travel, to preserve, support and develop high quality, Catholic education. By expanding the Northern Saints Catholic Education Trust, there will be fresh impetus to work together and protect our Catholic identity.

Ultimately, as stated in our vision “excellence for everyone through learning, respect and partnership” is at the heart of the Trust.