Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT)

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT)

Room 518,

The Heath Business and Technical Park,




Telephone: 01928 245500



Dawpool joined Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) on 1st February 2023.

Dawpool is proud of its Church of England heritage in the Diocese of Chester since its foundation by Deed of 30th December 1865 - a Church of England history spanning over 150 years.

The Church of England has a long and successful history of involvement in schools, providing education across the whole country for over two hundred years. Church of England schools constitute one fifth of all state funded schools in England (one quarter of primary schools), educating approximately one million pupils and supported by their regional Diocesan Board of Education (DBE). The Church of England is the largest provider of Academy trusts and one of the Department for Education’s most valued partners.

The DBE in Chester is proud of the history of Church school education in this diocese that has been provided to hundreds of thousands of children over more than 150 years. They greatly value the special relationship that exists between the DBE and each of its schools; working together to provide the very best education for every child who attends a Church school. One that enables every child and young person to flourish.

The DBE has a long-standing commitment to work in partnership with Dawpool, as one of the 115 church schools in the diocese, providing the support, guidance and care that remains as strong today as it has done throughout time. This is really important to Dawpool and something we both value and wish to protect in the future.

As the education sector evolves towards a fully trust-led system in the coming years, we are pleased that Dawpool has joined the Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT), the Multi Academy Trust (MAT) of the Diocese of Chester. CDAT is a thriving and expanding Trust that is committed to preserving, safeguarding, and enhancing our Church of England context, ethos, culture, and distinctiveness within the Diocese of Chester for future generations.

We are excited for Dawpool’s future as part of CDAT, working in a strong family of schools with a shared common goal, in seeking to provide the very best education for every child. One that enables all children to experience the ‘abundant life that Jesus offers’. We look forward to the new and enriching opportunities that this collaboration will provide, whilst maintaining our current partnerships, further strengthening our relationship with the Diocese of Chester and retaining all that is special and unique about our wonderful school. 

More information about CDAT can be found on their website here.

More information about CDAT's Christian vision and values can be found here.