Associate Schools Group

The Trust enjoys a wide range of external partnerships with other schools and organisations including the ‘Sola Fide Associate Schools Group.’   This groups of schools work closely with the Trust and through effective collaboration support a wide range of school improvement projects.  Associate Schools enjoy productive relationship with the Trust and help to increase capacity and strength.   Pooling expertise and talent in this way ensures an effective,  measured response to the ongoing challenges we face within an ever-changing educational environment.

Current Associate Schools:

Christ Church C E Primary, Chadderton

Stalyhill Infant School, Tameside

Stanley Road Primary, Oldham

St. Pauls C E Primary, Royton

St. Thomas’s C E Primary, Werneth

If you are interested in becoming an Assocate School please contact: Peter Burnley (CEO/Executive Headteacher) via the contact page of this website.

Sola Fide is an inclusive, Mixed MAT  and open to all schools not exclusively those with a faith foundation.

Partners with St. Chad’s C. E. Primary School Teaching School.

(Please refer to the Teaching School section where you will find a link to the St. Chad’s Teaching School Website).

Omungholyo Primary School: Oshandi, Namibia

Omungholyo Primary School is in Oshandi, a village in the Ohangwena District in the far north of Namibia close to the Angola border.   Peter Burnley and Sharon Jones (Sadldleworth Team Rector) went to visit the school in September 2018 along with Sarah and Godfrey Adams (Sarah has a long association with Oshandi and has undertaken a number of projects that have provided support for the local community).

Peter Burnley spent a week in Omungholyo Primary School supporting leadership development as a means of further establishing the Saddleworth Church link which has existed within the Ohangwena Region for some considerable time.

In the long term the Trust is looking to have wider impact in the region by linking Trust schools with a number of  schools within the same locality as Omungholyo.  Contact has been made with Government Ministers in Windhoek and the local Director of Education.

The Diocese of Manchester

The vision of the Diocese of Manchester is to be a worshipping, growing and transforming Christian presence at the heart of every community.

Its core message of faith, hope and love is as relevant today as it’s ever been.

As a Church of England Multi-Academy Trust we maintain strong links with the Education Department, assisting and learning from other schools in the Diocese via the MAT Trust Associate Schools and St. Chad’s C E Primary Teaching School.


Church House
90 Deansgate
M3 2GH

Tel: 0161 828 1400

Oldham Local Education Authority

The Oldham Education Partnership (OEP) is a Partnership of all Education Providers in Oldham with the purpose of improving outcomes for all children and young people in Oldham.

The core function is to improve education leadership and teaching in the Borough’s schools through the dissemination and sharing of best practice. For education leaders and teachers to drive improvement both within their own organisations and beyond whilst creating a cycle of innovation and continuously renewed capacity in the local education system.

Sola Fide and St Chad’s C E Primary Teaching School work in partnership with the Local Authority providing a coordinated strategy of support for schools.

Regional School Commissioner (RSC)

As a Multi-Academy Trust and Academy Sponsor, Sola Fide has close links the Regional Schools Commissioners Office.

The RSCs main responsibilities include:

Read more about RSCs’ responsibilities in the RSC decision making framework (PDF365KB12 pages.

If you have any questions email the commissioner’s office lwy.rsc@education.gov.uk.