As of 1 December 2020, St Joseph’s became part of the Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust.
It was announced in 2019, the Diocesan Academy Policy would develop structures to further preserve, protect and develop Catholic education through the growth of trusts.
Schools within the Diocese continue to be consolidated within the four academy regions into a base trust per region. There are 156 schools in our Diocese educating over 54,000 children. The implementation of this policy is well underway to facilitate the conversion of our voluntary aided schools to academy status within their regional trust.
In establishing these trust structures and having a single system in our Diocese, Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust aims to ensure that children and young people in its schools will continue to receive the very best educational opportunities and life fulfilling experiences, within communities which have Christ and His Church at the very centre.
A Catholic trust model where every school has its place will mean that no individual school will be left isolated or vulnerable in a rapidly changing environment. It will ensure that the uniqueness of each individual school is celebrated and the unique contribution of each recognised and appreciated.
The Rt Rev James Chadwick, a former Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, established his name and reputation as a Professor of Theology at Ushaw College, where he ultimately became the President in the 18560s, training men for the priesthood. He devoted his life to helping others achieve the best for themselves underpinned by a deep faith. A wonderful role model for our trust to be named after.
Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust is an exempt charity regulated by the Secretary of State for Education. It is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (company number 09940352 ) whose registered office is at:
Evolve Business Centre
Rainton Bridge South Business Park
Tyne & Wear