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The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust

The Good Shepherd Trust is based adjacent to Christ's College at:

The Academies Office
Larch Avenue

Tel: 01483 910210


What is the Good Shepherd Trust

The Good Shepherd Trust (GST) is a family of church school and affiliated school academies within the Diocese of Guildford. Established in 2012 as a multi-academy trust, or MAT, the Trust believes in the value of each young person and the importance of holistic education at all of its schools.

In partnership with schools, the Trust strives to provide transformational education by setting high standards, encouraging and recognising positive achievement in everyone, raising aspiration, increasing opportunities and improving standards.

Queen Eleanor’s joined the Good Shepherd Trust in November 2014.

About the Trust

The Guildford Diocesan Board of Education set up its own umbrella trust, Guildford Diocese Educational Trust (‘GDET’), at the end of 2011 to take forward its response to the Government’s academies agenda. GDET’s aims are broad but include the sponsorship of Church of England academies in the diocese.

In order to take the sponsorship of academies further, The Good Shepherd Trust (GST) was established to manage diocesan academies. This legal framework is required by the Department of Education and is closely regulated by them to ensure that trusts have the capacity to support significant improvement in their schools.

The Good Shepherd Trust is a 'multi-academy trust' (or MAT), a family of eleven schools within the Diocese of Guildford. It works with agencies and services in both the public and private sectors to provide support to each school based on its needs and priorities. Initially the work of the Trust was focused on sponsored academies, but it has since welcomed six diocesan schools that chose to convert to academy status.

The Good Shepherd Trust Vision

Every child and young person is valued as an individual. Our vision is to ensure that our schools provide high quality, holistic education with a Christian context for all learners enabling them to reach their full potential.

To acheive this the Trust is deeply committed to its schools and will develop partnerships across and beyond the Trust, with local authorities and others to build improvements.

What makes us different? 

We create an effective climate for learning by:

  • enabling children to know that they are uniquely valued
  • providing a secure environment in which they can learn
  • creating a clearly established framework of values
  • offering childen, whatever their faith or background, the opportunity to wrestle with life’s ‘big questions’ 
  • modelling Christian community life where all have a place and can contribute.

We set standards of excellence in teaching and learning

We acknowledge that high expectations raise aspirations of pupils and their communities and believe that professional development of staff and school leaders is central to this.

We offer a curriculum and learning environment relevant to our learners 

In addition to high standards in the core curriculum this also includes learning experiences which stimulate, challenge and inspire.

We build strong and effective partnerships with parents and the local and wider community because:

  • the engagement of parents/carers is vital to children’s educational achievements
  • church schools are rooted in the local parish and wider church networks which provide practical and prayerful support for their schools
  • children’s personal development grows through membership of community and enables them to become contributing citizens.

Member Schools

The following schools are members of the Good Shepherd Trust:

Latest GST newsletter to parents and carers


The Good Shepherd Trust is accountable to the Secretary of State for Education for the performance of those academies which form part of the Trust, particularly with regards to standards of education, financial performance and fulfilment of other legal requirements, including the employment of staff and health and safety.

This accountability is discharged by the Trust’s Directors who are also accountable for ensuring that the Trust meets its obligations under both the Companies Act and relevant Charity Commission frameworks.

Please click here to view the Trust Board Membership webpage

Simon Walker   Chairman of The Board
Paul Bryer   Archdeacon of Dorking/Good Shepherd Trust Director
Dianna Gwilliams The Dean of Guildford/Good Shepherd Trust Director
Nigel Stapleton Good Shepherd Trust Director
Sue Potter   Good Shepherd Trust Director
Catherine Myers Chair of Effectiveness Sub Committee
Mr Tony Lau-Walker Good Shepherd Trust Director
Robert Burke Good Shepherd Trust Director