September 28, 2016

Failsworth School To Join Trust

Failsworth School is planning to follow two of its North Manchester neighbours by joining the Co-operative Academies Trust.

Both the Co-operative Academy of Manchester (CAM) in Higher Blackley and Manchester Creative and Media Academy (MCMA) in Blackley have made rapid progress since joining the Trust, which also oversees six other secondary and primary academies in Leeds and Stoke-on-Trent.

CAM, which joined in the Trust in 2010 is now the best performing school in North Manchester and MCMA which became a Co-operative Academy earlier this year enjoyed its best ever GCSE results last month and the most improved in the city.

Failsworth School was judged to be improving by Ofsted in May when inspectors singled out pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as particularly good.

Frank Norris, Director of the Co-operative Academies Trust, said: “I am very proud of what all the Academies within the Trust are doing and how they are delivering the highest standards of education based on co-operative values and principles. We have recently had an incredible set of GCSE results against a national backdrop of decline.”

“We feel privileged that Failsworth School is joining us because I know that, like us, the staff and governors are committed to creating an outstanding learning community where all students can achieve their maximum potential.”

David Heyes, Chair of the school’s Interim Executive Board, said “Failsworth has a strong tradition of co-operative values and I am confident the school will build on recent progress as part of the Co-operative Academies Trust”

Headteacher Phill Quirk said: “I am convinced that with the support of the Co-operative Academies Trust we can complete the transformation journey which we have already begun. This is an exciting opportunity for the school to join a successful Trust.”

“The latest Ofsted report recognised the progress the school has been making but I am sure these improvements will accelerate from now on.”

It is envisaged that the school will join the Co-operative Trust in early 2017.