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Our Vision, Principles & Mission

 

 Our Vision of Christus Catholic Trust

"Christus Catholic Trust is a beacon of the great treasure of Catholic Education that looks to realise Christ’s desire for us all that we might ‘have life and have it to the full’.

Christus Catholic Trust is a place of great ethnic richness, a place characterised by tolerance, respect, a genuine spirit of enquiry and search for truth. It is an environment that ensures tolerance and mutual respect are priorities and where every child is welcomed, valued and respected and where they will be affirmed, supported and encouraged. By keeping Christ at the centre of our Trust and schools the values of love, truth, mutual respect forgiveness and a special care for the vulnerable are evident.

Christus Catholic Trust is symbolic of why Catholic Education is of fundamental importance now and for all future generations."

Christus Catholic Trust Board

Our Six Guiding Principles for Christus Catholic Trust

Catholic Ecclesiology

The Trust is part of a family of Catholic schools that exist to further the Church’s saving mission by educating its young people in accordance with the teachings of the One Teacher, Jesus Christ. In carrying out any functions on behalf of the Trust all Members, Directors and those in any way involved in the business of the Trust and the Academies recognise the Bishop of Brentwood as the Chief Teacher and the focus of unity in the Diocese and will carry out those functions and responsibilities in full communion with him and in accord with the mind of the Catholic Church. Accordingly, the functions of the Trust and the Academies will be conducted in accordance with the following principles and observing the commitments set out in the Diocesan Memorandum of Understanding.

Equal Partners

The Academies are equal partners within the Trust and at all times the partners will strive for consensus in decision making, recognising that each Academy has both strengths and weaknesses. The Academies will seek to preserve and protect each other’s distinctiveness and will be respectful of each Academies’ respective ethos and mission. The Academies will work collaboratively with each other, sharing resources, knowledge and best practice, to fulfil the Trust’s mission, vision and values.

Transparency

All those involved in the running and oversight of the Trust and the Academies will be open and honest in their dealings with each other, at all times acting in good faith and recognising the value of independence and separation in relation to decision making.

Subsidiarity

Decisions are to be taken at the level nearest to those affected by those decisions which is compatible with the principles of solidarity and support for the common good, avoiding unnecessary bureaucracy and aiming in so far as possible to make changes to established practices only where it can be demonstrated there is a reasonable need. Where governance responsibility is delegated appropriate decision making authority will be given. The parameters of such authority will be clear and those to whom responsibility is given will be required to report to those who retain overall responsibility.

Solidarity

All those with responsibility for the Trust and the Academies share a particular commitment to the mutual support of all Academies for whom the Trust is responsible, especially those that are in need of assistance at any particular time. Accordingly, this Scheme of Delegation recognises the obligation to contribute to the common good of all Academies from out of the resources entrusted to them. The Directors will ensure that common action and collaboration is conducted at the correct level and that the balance between subsidiarity and solidarity serves the common good in the most appropriate way.

The Common Good

All recognise their responsibility towards the common good, not just of the Academies for whom the Trust is responsible and the wider Diocesan family of schools, but of all of the families and communities in the areas served by the Trust. In light of the principle of common good, those with particular responsibility for an Academy acknowledge the desire and obligation on the Directors to put in place measures to ensure that any Academy for whom the Trust is responsible is supported when the need arises.

Our Mission at Christus Catholic Trust

Help all our children to reach their full potential as human beings within an environment that they are cared for and safe

Protect, secure and develop the Church’s mission in Catholic Education into the future

Provide secure structures around our schools and children in order to help them improve and flourish

Create a family of Catholic schools who will be partners in support and collaboration going forward who will give and receive to each other in a spirit of joint and equal endeavour, solidarity and trust

Provide a safety net for all schools within the Trust providing protection and support from within the Catholic family

Provide a distinctive ethos with Christ at its centre where each school is able to retain its own unique identity and distinctiveness

Ensure that our schools are thriving places, where the search for excellence and an enriched educational experience for our children is the reality and where they have the best opportunities and chances to flourish

Provide the best long term sustainable platform for our schools to work together and continue to thrive

Develop exceptional Catholic education, rooted in partnership and service to our Catholic communities and all the communities we serve

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