Four School Join to Double Size of Our Trust

Published: 1st June 2020

We are pleased to confirm that four local catholic schools have formally joined the expanding Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust.

From today, 1 June, Our Lady of Mercy Trust (comprising St Aidan’s Catholic Academy and St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy, in Sunderland) along with St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, in Wingate, and St Godric’s Catholic Primary School, in Wheatley Hill officially merge into the trust.
This takes the total number of schools in BCCET to eight with St Wilfrid’s RC College, St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, St Mary’s Catholic Primary in Jarrow and Our Lady of the Rosary already part of the trust.

This merger of the two successful trusts and the addition of the two primaries enhances the quality of catholic education in the diocese and the strengths brought by the shared expertise will enable significant impact in improving all aspects of education.

St Mary’s and St Godric’s both feed into St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive and Byron Sixth Form College in Peterlee, a school we have worked very closely with for many years and one which we hope to bring into the trust later this year. We also bring another teaching school into the trust alongside Northern Saints Teaching School Alliance. St Anthony’s is a well-established teaching school and home to the Beacon Teaching Alliance.

“These schools are all a very welcome addition to our family. By working together in the one trust, the children and young people in our schools will have the very best educational opportunities and life fulfilling experiences within communities which have Christ at the centre.”
Brendan Tapping, CEO at Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust