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Cornish Diocese forces an entire MAT Board to resign.

Cornish Diocese forces an entire MAT Board to resign.

A Church of England diocese has taken the highly unusual step of ordering the trustees of an academy trust under its control to resign, after Ofsted rated the majority of its schools as ‘requires improvement’.

The diocese of Truro has asked all five trustees of the St Barnabas Trust in Cornwall to stand down or be removed, prompting calls for closer scrutiny of how academy chains hire and fire their directors.

C of E dioceses traditionally adopt a “light-touch” approach when it comes to the trusts under their control, only intervening in the most serious circumstances. Trustees were therefore “shocked” by the intervention at St Barnabas, which occurred after two schools dropped from ‘good’ to ‘requires improvement’.

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