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Liverpool Diocese Schools Trust

St. Thomas' CE is now a proud member of the Liverpool Diocese Schools Trust (LDST). LDST is a Multi–academy Trust that welcomes young people of all faiths and none and is committed to providing each of them with a high quality education and environment where Christian values and principles permeate all that is done.’ 


Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust

St James House,

20 St James Road,


L1 7BY


Telephone: 0151 705 2190



The website of the LDST is or you can follow LDST on twitter @LDSTEducation


“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates - Deuteronomy 6 (ESV)


Teaching children is an essential human task that has always been at the heart of faith communities and especially of the Church of England.


Our family of schools in the Diocese of Liverpool has a long history of excellence combined with nurture, developing in young people the resilience and character needed for life.


Christian values are the foundation of British Values. Within the explicit Christian culture of our schools pupils flourish. Across the centuries, church schools have adapted themselves to the legislative framework given by Government. The current change to academy status for schools is as significant as the 1870 and 1944 Education Acts.


Across England the number of schools forming and joining multi-academy trusts (MATs) has grown significantly since the 2010 Education Act. The DfE expects that most schools which convert to academy status will join a MAT. The vast majority of dioceses around the country have already established multi-academy trusts. To continue without a diocesan MAT would risk the Church losing schools to non-church Trusts as they are faced with forced academy conversions.

Embracing the opportunities that this new framework provides the Diocese of Liverpool seeks not only to maintain our schools, 92% of whom are Good or Outstanding, but to extend, enrich and improve our family of schools. We believe that as a diocesan led Multi Academy Trust (MAT) we can, for the system as a whole, create stronger bonds of collaboration and cooperation, sharing good practice, addressing areas of weakness and offering increased opportunities for professional development.


After a period of consultation in 2016 and early 2017, it was clear that our schools wanted the Board of Education to take a strategic leadership role in the academies programme. Further consultation looked both at the account in Genesis 18 of the visit to Abraham of three angels and also particularly at the icon of this event painted by Andrei Rublev to identify the core values of the Trust:



Valuing the local

Valuing Difference



We believe that we can create a Trust in which our schools will thrive under the leadership of headteachers, supported and challenged by local governing bodies and accountable to the board of trustees. We are confident that this can be achieved whilst at the same time ensuring that all of our family of schools benefit from high levels of collaboration.


Strong structures across three hubs will ensure a high level of accountability matched with only the challenge required to enable local leadership to flourish. Central services will ensure value for money and the ability to monitor from a distance. A strong school improvement function will give the capacity to evaluate schools and intervene where needed.

Jesus said ‘Let the children come to me.’ (Mt 19)

We believe that we are fulfilling this command when we enable children of all faiths and none to flourish in our schools. The Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust has an important role to play in improving the attainment of pupils across the Diocesan region.


Father Richard Peers
Liverpool Diocesan Director of Education and
Chief Executive Officer



There are five members of the Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust.

Member Position
The Right Reverend Richard Blackburn Bishop of Warrington, Chair of the Board of Members and Chair of the Board of Education
Mr Mike Eastwood Diocesan Secretary
Mr Matt Elliott Diocesan Director of Finance
Fr Crispin Pailing Rector of Liverpool
Dr David Denison Board of Education Representative 



The Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust has a single Board of Directors responsible for the whole Trust. The board will include nine non-executive directors, and the Chief Executive Officer, and will be accountable to the Department for Education for all schools within the Trust. Seven directors have been appointed to date.


Director Position
Fr Richard Peers           Chief Executive Officer and Ex-Officio Trustee            
Canon Dr Jon Richardson Chair of Director Board
Canon Margaret Swinson Vice Chair of Director Board
Mr Jonathan Nichols Director
Mrs Rachael Coulthard Director
Fr Harry Wood Director
The Venerable Roger Preece Director
Mrs Penny Johnson Director


Local Governing Bodies (LGBs)

All of the Schools in the LDST are accountable to their individual Local Governing Committees, which in turn is accountable to the Board of Directors of the Trust.


The Local Governing Body has delegated powers in order to oversee the running of its individual school. The LGB may choose to delegate some of these powers to smaller committees or to the Headteacher as it deems fit to fulfil its responsibilities.


The Governors will be formally appointed by the Board of Directors following recommendations from LGB, will include PCC (in church schools), staff and parent representatives. The LGB in each school will be responsible for the day-to-day operational matters.


Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust

St James House,

20 St James Street,


L1 7BY


Telephone: 0151 705 2190