Messages from the CEO and Bishop

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Andrew Read, CEO

As Director of Education across the Diocese, I lead a team that is equally obligated to all of the 14,000+ children who attend the 82 primary and secondary church schools and academies of our region – successful community hubs for children and parents of all faiths and none.

DEMAT is an important component of this promise to our communities. It exists to provide high quality services, challenge and support to the increasing number of schools within the Diocese who wish to take on academy status. As CEO, it is a privilege to lead and be in service of the 1,000+ professionals and 350+ volunteers who work in our academies to deliver learning to 7,000+ children across our academies and a new Free school. In doing this I remain mindful of the needs and pressures facing our communities, and the many feeder and similar schools whom we work alongside, regardless of type or phase. Together we are stronger.

This website sets out to signpost in simple terms what becoming an academy means in the context of our particular vision and approach. If you would like more information then please do not hesitate to contact myself or my team, using the details provided on the site.

The Right Reverend Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely

A good education opens doors — transforms life chances — it leads to fulfilment and is a gateway to opportunity. What happens in our homes, in school, in the playground, with friends, shapes our lives, develops our character and prepares us to live in our multi-dimensional society and to contribute to it. We learn that all is possible because we matter uniquely to God.

This is what the Church of England, through its church schools, has been providing for 200 years. We do not run faith schools. Church schools are places where children from all faiths and backgrounds, and children of all abilities, are welcomed and encouraged to thrive and be happy. The Trust is another extension of our promise to continue this legacy, and I am delighted that DEMAT is successfully fulfilling this role for future generations.