New Director of Education Appointed


Trevor Cristin, currently head teacher of St. Andrew’s Church of England Primary School, Hove, has been appointed as the new Diocesan Director of Education for the Diocese of Chichester.

Mr Cristin, who has been a head teacher for 16 years and a teacher all his working life, will now oversee the work of the Diocese with its 157 Church schools and academies.

The Board of Education, based at Church House, Hove, works closely with Church schools which currently educate more than 37,000 children across Sussex.

The Board is committed to nurturing the Christian ethos whilst extending a warm welcome to all.

Mr Cristin will head a team of experts in particular fields and is keen to stress the importance of partnership across a range of disciplines in providing the best possible education for children.

He said today: “Moving on, from my role as a head teacher and my school community at St Andrew’s, will bring some sadness at leaving so many valued friends. However, as Christians, we will only find true fulfilment when we go where God calls us.

“Coming to serve as the new Director of Education will be an exciting challenge and I feel it is where I have been called to be.

“I greatly look forward to getting to know as many schools across the diocese as I can and together, in a spirit of partnership and hope, we will make our schools places of true joy.”

The Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby, who chairs the Diocesan Board of Education, welcomed the appointment today. He said: “I am delighted that Mr Trevor Cristin is to be Chichester’s new Diocesan Director of Education. He comes to this role with many years of experience as a head teacher and we are fortunate that he is ready to bring all of that to inform his work with the family of schools and academies associated with the Diocese.

“Mr Cristin follows Canon Dr Ann Holt, who is retiring from the post this autumn, and who has led our Education Team with characteristic energy and confidence and, like her, understands the role as a working out of his Christian Vocation in the service of our communities.”

Mr Cristin will begin his duties in September.


St Paul’s come second in Gymnastics competition

Pupils from St Paul’s took part in the Primary Key Steps Gymnastics Competition.

Eight Year 5/6 pupils took part, winning 2nd place over all. They took part in 3 elements which included floor exercise, body management and vaulting.


New DCAT CEO appointed

The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust [DCAT] is delighted to announce that Mark Talbot has been appointed full-time Chief Executive Officer for the Trust from September 2018. Mark will be working part-time in this role with immediate effect.

Mark is currently the Principal at St Catherine’s College, Eastbourne, and has also been working part-time as the Interim Chief Education Executive of DCAT. Mark has done an outstanding job, bringing impressive levels of energy and expertise to the vital task of resourcing and improving the educational performance across our academies.

The Trust will now advertise for a Headteacher for St Catherine’s College, and with Mark’s support and oversight provide a seamless handover for the continued success of the College and ensure that the child-centred Christion ethos of the Trust is preserved and celebrated.

Working alongside Mark as part of the Senior Management Team of the Trust will be Darren Carpenter, Chief Operating Officer, and Beruk Berhane, Senior Educational Leader.

Boris Johnson MP, visits St Leonards

Boris Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs has visited St Leonard’s to talk to the pupils and staff about their connecting classrooms project with Sierra Leone with a focus on girls’ education on International Womens’ Day.



As part of the Connecting Classrooms programme the Foreign Secretary visited St Leonards CE Primary Academy on International Women’s Day. The Academy is linked with Maynard School in Sierra Leone. The visit was an opportunity to promote the Foreign Secretary’s priority campaign on Girls Education. The school has approximately 420 pupils, 20% of which have English as a second language.
The FS met with year 1 students (5-6yrs) and discussed their teachers (Jo and Layla) visit to Sierra Leone, the barriers children face and the impact on life in general (food availability, water and electricity shortages).  Next the FS met Year 6 (10-11) students who have been learning about gender equality and women’s rights. The children had a roundtable conversation with the FS and were interested in the girl’s education campaign. The conversation focused around aspirations of girls and solutions to breaking down barriers, especially stereotypes. The children commented that it was no longer acceptable for people to think that girls can’t be treated the same as boys, girls can also be pilots……whatever they wanted to be.
Year 5 (9-10) students spoke about inspirational women and journeyed through time looking at the history of women and future women leaders including the PM. The children had drawn pictures which had an uncanny resemblance to the PM (see FS tweet!). The FS spoke about the women that inspired him including the PM and his sister. They also told the FS about their new IT system and how they enjoyed learning about the history of women (some links to #Vote100).
Some of the children had been away from the school participating in the regional ‘Sports Hall Athletics’ competition. The school came 3rd out of 496 schools, a great achievement. The FS stopped by to get a picture with them and talk about sport (is #Great).
Media accompanied on the visit; BBC Education; Reuters; PA who also had the opportunity to speak to the Head teacher and some of the children about education and their future aspirations.
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St Leonard’s pupils visit Bethune Court nursing home

After a successful Christmas sing at Bethune Court, St Leonard’s pupils have continued to visit the nursing home and spend time with residents. A group of pupils now visit weekly to share activities, stories and laughter. Staff at Bethune Court commented.

“Our residents absolutely love the pupil’s company and we have seen levels of engagement and interest that were above the norm for some of our residents which is lovely to see. The pupils are great with the residents and were chatting away enthusiastically!”


Central pupil wins Corporate Challenge Year 5 race

Central CE Academy have taken part in the first instalment of the Chichester Corporate Challenge. This is a long distance running competition around the town centre of Chichester. Most of the local schools in the area compete and children race in their year groups. Central pupils did extremely well and one of the Year 5 pupils actually won the boys’ race against over 100 other boys in the local area