Our Trust

Our Trust

Through a great education we are changing the lives of young people across the north of England. Built on the same principles as all co-operatives across the world, we work with academies to empower teachers and young people to work together for a better education and a better community.

We have consistently been one of the highest performing multi-academy trusts in the Government’s Multi-Academy Trust League Table and we have also been recognised by the Sutton Trust Charity as one top performing multi-academy trusts for disadvantaged students.

What makes our Trust unique is that we are sponsored by the Co-op Group. That close relationship means that we benefit from all of the business expertise that has seen the Co-op grow to one of the most respected, successful businesses in the country.

Popular with students, parents and teachers, we began in 2010 with just two academies. One in Manchester and one in Stoke-on-Trent. Two years later, in 2012, we began to work with a cluster of academies in Leeds and by 2014 we had five academies in Leeds; made up of one secondary and four primary academies. Pragmatic in our approach to growth we worked closely and co-operatively to improve all of our academies. Improving results and impressive Ofsted inspections lead to schools requesting to join our Trust. In 2016 we were joined by Manchester Creative and Media Academy in Manchester.

Our success led to a significant amount of interest in schools wanting to join our Trust and in 2017 we were joined by Co-op Academy Failsworth and Co-op Academy Priesthorpe, two schools that were already built on co-operative values. We were also joined by Co-op Academy Beckfield  in December of 2017 and Co-op Academy Swinton following that in early 2018.