The Trust and Our Aims
The Co-op Academies Trust is currently responsible for a number of academies in Leeds, Manchester, Oldham and Stoke-on-Trent, with the Co-op acting as the sponsor. All current academies are in areas of significant social and economic need. The Co-op offers access to business expertise and many learning opportunities for the children and young people underpinned by Co-op values.
The Trust plans to take on additional academies each year, but the aim is to expand steadily so that we can continue to provide highly personalised support for each of our academies within a cohesive and united family of academies.
The Trust’s mission is that all our children and young people:
- are well educated, know how to stay safe and healthy and able to participate as active and thoughtful members of present and future society
- are taught by motivated, knowledgeable and skilful teachers, who have passion for their work and the highest aspirations for their own and their pupils’ development
- benefit greatly from the expertise and opportunities that the largest co-operative retail business in the UK can provide.
In addition, the Trust aims that children and young people and those that work for the Trust understand the benefits of co-operation and how a co-operative approach can make life fairer for all in the modern world, by applying co-operative and ethical values including self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.
We achieve our mission through co-operation based on high ambition and rooted pragmatism. Our ambitious goals require energetic, open and productive partnerships with those that influence the lives of our children and young people. These partnerships are built on aspiration, trust, mutual respect and fairness, as well as a firm belief that all children and young people can succeed whatever their background.
We are committed to ending educational inequality through deployment of the values and principles of the worldwide co-operative movement.
We are a growing Trust benefiting from the support of a powerful co-operative business, the membership who own it and the wider co-operative movement. We know we can have the greatest impact when we co-operate in the interests of all children and young people, staff and the wider community.
We place the needs of children and young people in our care at the heart of our work. We strive to ensure that learning is effectively structured, properly planned, challenging, matched to individual’s needs, relevant, active and enjoyable. All available resources are focused on school improvement and we ensure that these are highly effective and responsive to the needs of the academies.