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Our Trust

Through a great education, we are changing the lives of young people.

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.

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Co-op Academies Trust is a place where you are part of something bigger, through a leading education and opportunities to serve our community, we are working together to make a better world. 

From ages 3-19 Co-op Academies Trust supports students in Primary, Secondary and Special schools across the North of England, giving children the skills and experiences they need to succeed, no matter where they come from. 

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

Everyone in the Trust honours our fundamental commitment to the Ways of Being Co-op. They are our DNA; they represent our culture and reflect the rationale behind our decision-making. No matter what we do, they are how we do it

Our ways of being are: 

  • Be Yourself, Always
  • Show You Care
  • Do What Matters Most
  • Succeed Together 

In 2023 we have 32 academies as part of the Co-op family, across 3 regional hubs. 

Our CEO and Accounting Officer is: Dr Chris Tomlinson

As the Trust’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chris is responsible for the overall success of the Trust and all of the academies within it. 

He has been an Executive Principal and Principal in educational leadership for twenty years including being a National Leader of Education for the last twelve years. Chris has a great deal of leadership experience in transforming schools rated as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted to ‘outstanding’ schools. 

Relevant business and pecuniary interests: None to declare.