THE Bishop of Middleton has given his blessing to Sola Fide CE Trust and its move into its new office premises in Uppermill.

The Right Reverend Mark Davies visited the St Chad’s Parish Centre to perform an official opening ceremony with members its board along with chief executive Peter Burnley who welcomed the bishop to the event - attended by educational partners, associates and friends of the organisation.

The trust has evolved into a multi-academy organisation, currently consisting of three schools - St Chad’s CE Primary, Uppermill; St Anne’s C E Primary, Lydgate; and St John’s CE Primary, Failsworth.

Sola Fide is not exclusive to church schools, and welcomes the challenge of life-long education in an ever-changing world.

The trust ethos says love and service underpin all they do and these Christian values are embraced by all personnel and firmly embedded in all its academies.

The core purpose of Sola Fide is to establish effective collaboration and embrace interdependency; an acknowledgement there are some things that can only be resolved by groups working together.

Mr Burnley said: “We ensure that children are placed at the centre of all we do - they always come first. Children’s futures are entrusted into our hands.

“We are motivated by the desire to make a difference, strategic in our approach and committed to unleashing everyone’s potential.

“It is our ambition that all schools within Sola Fide Trust impact positively on the communities they serve.”

The trust thanked the staff of the Reclamation Room Cafe, Uppermill, for providing an array of tasty refreshments for the event.