The Dayspring Trust comprises of Ian Ramsey CE Academy in Stockton-on-Tees and Venerable Bede CE Academy in Sunderland. Formed as a multi-academy trust in December 2014, the Dayspring Trust brings both over-subscribed 11-16 academies together and exists to:

  • Forge a supportive and challenging family of schools
  • Provide excellent education within a strong Christian community
  • Resource our students for wise and generous living

As Church of England academies, we place EACH child at the centre of our vision as outlined above. In addition, each academy also has its own distinctive mission statement, underpinned by the vision statement of the Dayspring Trust. 

At Ian Ramsey CE Academy

“Together to learn, to grow, to serve”

This is embodied in the words: “Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)


At Venerable Bede CE Academy

“To create a stimulating, secure and caring environment within which all members of our community will realise their potential in the light of the Christian Gospel.”

This is embodied in our school motto: “Soar to the Heights Together”.


Ethos of The Dayspring Trust

Our mission together is to bring a first class education and a breadth of opportunity to all of our pupils in light of the Christian Gospel. We also hope that these opportunities benefit the wider community, whether locally, nationally or internationally, such as in the links from both academies to Lesotho.


At the heart of everything is inclusivity. We are committed to being inclusive and serve equally those who are of the Christian faith, those of other faiths and those with no faith.  We seek to give opportunities that educate, encourage participation and increase the aspirations of our young people, but also seek the same opportunities for all of our staff, regardless of their role within the trust. Everyone is valued for the role they play and we see opportunities for professional development as pivotal to this vision. Working with young people is a vocation and we are here to serve our community. Being true to our Christian values and keeping the well-being of our students at the heart of all decision-making are the keys to success.


We do pride ourselves on being inclusive, neighbourhood schools and hope to inspire in our pupils a love of learning that will stay with them long after they reach the school leaving age. We believe in encouraging each pupil to have high self-esteem and to realise that, by believing in themselves and through hard work, they can reach their true potential as children of God. We also believe firmly in Pupil Voice; by listening to our young people, we can improve their education and the opportunities that we can offer.


We take a strong stance against bullying and passionately believe that every child has the right to feel safe and nurtured whilst in our care. It is important that we model tolerance at every opportunity so that our young people leave us at 16 with the skills and moral purpose to make a difference to their communities.


Our Christian and British values underpin all of our actions and I encourage you to visit each of our academies websites to see some excellent examples of how we live these values every day.

My role is as Executive Headteacher across both academies, ensuring high standards, that we live out our values on a daily basis and that all of our pupils have opportunities to fulfil their true potential.

In each academy, there is a Head of School who will be your first point of contact:

In Ian Ramsey, this is Mr. Brian Janes;

In Venerable Bede, this is Mr. David Airey.

Please also see our Contact page for details of our Governance arrangements.

We have an open door policy and welcome you to The Dayspring Trust. Please contact the relevant Head of School if you would like to arrange a visit or a tour. We look forward to meeting you.

Best regards


Gill Booth

Executive Headteacher