Welcome

We are a growing Church of England Trust where each of us shares a common vision; to ensure all children and young people in our schools realise their God-given potential and aspire to exceed expectations.

We believe a school's identity and individuality is what makes them special and we work hard to promote them within our family of schools and amongst our communities. We believe in the power of collaborative working and actively promote school to school support as a means to share knowledge, experience and insight. We create a supportive environment where achievements are celebrated and each member's God-given skills and talents are valued and shared. 

Developing and nurturing our children and staff underpins all we do as an organisation and we will support them to grow and flourish.

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Marcus Cooper
Mark Burnett

Trust Leaders

Marcus Cooper

Marcus has taught in a range of schools and settings across the entire early years and primary age range, holding various senior leadership positions. Following this he was a consultant for the DfE National Strategies, specialising in primary mathematics and school improvement. Subsequently he became Regional Advisor for School Improvement for London. More recently, Marcus was the Senior Education Manager for Hertfordshire overseeing school standards and the effective delivery of education across the authority. In his current post, as part of the school effectiveness team, Marcus leads training for schools and governors, supports schools in their self-evaluation, and works closely with local authorities on school reviews. A big part of Marcus's job is having oversight of all 105 schools in the Diocese, as well as those in the trust, and making sure the trust is aligned with the vision and values of the board of education.

Trust Leaders

Mark Burnett

From educational standards to financial performance and compliance, Mark is responsible for all aspects of the Trust’s day-to-day running. Previously he was the Chief Operating Officer for one of the largest and most successful Multi-Academy Trusts (MAT) in England, which he helped grow from one school to over 40. Mark took up post here at the SDBE Multi-Academy Trust in 2017 where his job was to set up the Trust from scratch and ensure it was ready to welcome and support schools on their unique journey. Mark is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Business Leadership.