Chester Diocesan Academies Trust

Providing the best education for children in a Christian environment

CDAT is a multi-academy trust currently working with nine church schools from across the whole of the Diocese of Chester.

This is a really exciting time to be part of CDAT. We have a great group of schools currently and are looking forward to further schools joining the CDAT family in the coming months. Our aim as a trust is to give everyone within our schools – pupils and staff – the chance to achieve to the very best of their gifts and abilities within caring, Christian communities. There are tremendous opportunities for partnership working, and for tackling together the many challenges that currently exist in education.

CDAT has a small central team, based at Church House in Daresbury. However, much of our work is done within area-based clusters, which allows school staff and leaders to work closely together to share excellent practice and drive forward school improvement. We are also developing exciting partnerships with some significant national groups that will give our schools great opportunities moving forwards.

I hope our website gives you the information that you are looking for – whether you are a school interested in joining our trust, a parent or pupil at one of our schools or simply an interested visitor. If you are interested in having a conversation about potentially becoming part of the CDAT family, please get in touch – I’d be delighted to meet you.

Neil Dixon, CDAT Chief Executive

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Christian Distinctiveness

CDAT is an inclusive trust that is open to both church and community schools. As a trust, we support the Church of England’s Vision for Education – ‘Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’. We expect all our schools to support our broad, Christian values and our church-foundation schools to have a distinctively Christian nature.

Chester Diocesan Academy Trust is focused on delivering the Church of England Vision for Education in its church schools, and ensuring that all pupils are able to achieve the best possible outcomes.

CDAT’s vision and ethos are firmly rooted in Christian values, but we provide inclusive church schools that welcome people of all faiths and none. We offer an educational experience that is rooted in faith, hope and love. We support our schools to ensure that their vision permeates all aspects of school life. Children are at the heart of CDAT. We want each individual to develop knowledge, skills, understanding and wisdom, underpinned by values based on principles that are important to people of all faiths and no faith.

The Church’s involvement in education flows out of the Church of England's vision to provide education and learning to all. Today the Church continues to deliver this vision through the support of 4,600 Church of England schools, and this legacy is set to strengthen and grow. With the Vision for Education at its core, CDAT schools are working together to develop the best possible all-round education for every pupil in every school. Just as the Church began, educating children to help them flourish regardless of their background or starting point, so we mean to continue as we move forward and provide our children with an education that enables 'life in all its fullness'.

Life to the Full

The picture “Life to the Full” is by the artist Hannah Dunnett and has been reproduced for this site by permission.

Scripture verses in the picture are from the NIV translation, copyright 2011 Hodder and Stoughton.

‘Life in all its fullness’ John 10:10


On 1st February 2019, Astbury St Mary’s CE Primary School joined the Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) Family. As a church school, Astbury St Mary’s has already been working closely with CDAT schools and were delighted to officially convert into the Trust at the start of February 2019. The collaboration between CDAT schools is providing great opportunities for staff and children to come together. Staff share good practice across the Trust  to impact teaching and learning and children have access to wider curricular and extra curricular activities. The shared Christian values across the Trust closely match the values of the school and the CDAT Board are delighted to welcome Astbury St Mary’s into the Trust.


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