Our Vision – Together for Excellence

Our Vision – Together for Excellence

1 Corinthians 12:20: As it is, there are many members, yet one body.

Welcome to the web site for Dales Academies Trust (Dales) which was incorporated on 12th September 2017 and is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT), with sponsor status, established initially for the northern church schools of the Church of England dioceses of Leeds and York. Our Trust currently comprises one Secondary and fourteen Primary schools.  Our Vision as a group of schools is that:

“Working together for excellence, and rooted in quality, collaboration and care, we deliver exceptional learning experiences through inspirational teaching and nurturing a love of life-long learning.  We dare greatly, travel hopefully and enable each other to flourish”.

This is theologically rooted in our Trust wide commitment to:


Colossians 3:23

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”

Galatians 6:10a

“So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all.”

John 13:34

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you.”


The Trust ethos is derived from, and informed by, the Church of England’s commitment to education and schooling over more than 200 years; the Trust closely adheres to the Church of England’s policy of ‘church schools for all’ rather than ‘faith schools for some’.

The Church of England’s Vision for education can be found here.

As with the other church MATs across both dioceses, our Trust is open to church and non-church schools with a core purpose of providing an inclusive education for children of any ability, culture, gender, sexuality, faith or no faith. Our first community school joined us in spring 2020.

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