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Welcome from the CEO

Jesus' promise of 'life in all its fullness' lies at the heart of the Church of England's Vision for Education, and also underpins CDAT's work as the multi-academy trust serving the Diocese of Chester. We believe that all children deserve to go to great schools, and that, at the centre of great schools sit excellent school leaders, teachers and staff. We hope that our website will show you how our trust supports its schools to be the best they can be, and the opportunities that come from being part of the CDAT family.

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Our Core Principles

All of our schools have a strong, shared Christian ethos


Our Core Principles

Working collaboratively, sharing best practice & supporting each other

Our Core Principles

Provide a high-quality education and a rich and broad curriculum

Why join CDAT?

Rooted in Christian values, CDAT is committed to:

Valuing the uniqueness of every child
Aspiring to excellence
Being a nurturing learning community for all

Jesus said, 'I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness' (John 10:10). As a Trust, our aim is to ensure that all of our pupils are able to benefit from and enjoy 'life in all its fullness.'

Our Approach

We believe that all children are entitled to an excellent standard of education and that high-quality education enables children to grow and reach their potential academically, socially, creatively, physically and spiritually.

Furthermore, we believe that excellence in education is based on outstanding leadership, a high-quality curriculum and excellent classroom practice. The CDAT School Effectiveness package includes a range of support in all these areas. We also provide new networking opportunities for schools to share best practice, while still encouraging schools to retain existing, effective school networks.

Headteacher Consultancy Offer

CDAT administers a number of different Headteacher Consultancy packages on behalf of Chester DBE. In brief, the offer to schools includes:

Headteacher Performance Management external consultant support
SIP support for school performance and general review; this can be purchased as a full three ½ days visit package so that regular termly update visits are built in, or as a single ½ day annual visit (which can be purchased in multiples) for smaller schools
School improvement support/CPD package – this is tailor-made on themes requested by the school (see attached request form). Use the package order form to select this option (which can be for a full or half day of support) and can be used to support aspects of evaluation, leading CPD, working alongside staff etc.

This service runs on a school-year basis. Details of the 2022-23 offer can be found in this year's offer booklet – this will be updated ready for 2023-24.

About CDAT

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) is a thriving Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), serving over 2,000 pupils within our growing family of 17 church primary schools across Cheshire, the Wirral and parts of Greater Manchester.

CDAT was founded by the Diocese of Chester in 2013, initially as a home for sponsored academies but soon expanding to accommodate good and outstanding schools too. Our schools are currently organised into four geographical hubs, although we expect this to increase to 5 or 6 hubs as the trust grows. This supports school-to-school collaboration and promotes professional development at school level, as well as supporting our vision for a community of schools that work together for the common good. Our schools serve their individual communities in the way they know best, with support from CDAT to ensure they have what they need to deliver the best for their pupils.

Our Trust is also a significant provider of Professional Development at all levels. Our School Direct programme provides a heavily school-based teacher training route for graduates. We them run a range of specialist CPD – this year including an EYFS development programme. For middle and senior leaders, we are a delivery partner for the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership – running a range of National Professional Qualification (NPQ) courses.

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust

We believe that the quality of our School Effectiveness Support is a key benefit of CDAT membership.

Contact CDAT
01928 245500

Room 518,
The Heath Business and Technical Park,

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