July 03, 2017

Priesthorpe Joins Trust

Priesthorpe School, in Pudsey near Leeds, has officially become a part of the newly branded Co-op Academies Trust.

The school has joined the Trust, which now runs nine secondary and primary academies in Manchester, Leeds and Stokeon-Trent, on 1 July and will be called Co-op Academy Priesthorpe.

The Trust, sponsored by the Co-op, also oversees The Co-operative Academy of Leeds and four primary academies in East Leeds.

Frank Norris, Director of the Co-op Academies Trust, said: “It’s a very special day for us. 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 cooperative values and principles.

“We feel privileged that Co-op Academy Priesthorpe 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. We’ve got an incredible new brand to align us closer to our sponsors and Co-op Academy Priesthorpe will be the first to have it adorn their uniforms.”

Principal of the Academy, Martin Blacoe said: “This is great news. We are improving well and have been benefiting from the support of the Co-op Academies Trust since it was first announced. We are looking forward to being a full member of their family and reaping the rewards of that. We know we must ensure that the students achieve even better and we feel that our strong links with the Trust and its sponsor will make all the difference.

“We’ll continue to work closely and co-operate with other schools and academies in the area and I think this is fantastic news for the communities of Pudsey and Farsley.”