Become a Co-op Academy

Become a Co-op Academy

We would be interested to hear from any primary or secondary schools in the North West or West Yorkshire who are considering Academy status. To see if you’re a good fit for our Trust we’ve created a helpful checklist which you can find here. We are currently working with schools in Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds.

A Co-op Academy will:

  • have a passion to support young people in the north of England
  • believe in the value and benefits of a co-operative and ethical approach to education
  • co-operate with a network of academies throughout the north of England
  • improve results with the help of a dedicated school improvement team
  • utilise the value for money expertise including HR, finance, school improvement and communications
  • celebrate diversity and breed a harmonious and proud environment
  • be excited about being sponsored by The Co-op, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, and be open to engaging fully with its members and employees
  • benefit from robust governance arrangements that include expert, independent and experienced governors and trust board members

A Co-op Academies Trust staff member will be:

  • an ambassador for co-operative values and principles
  • a highly effective and driven individual who wants to make real improvements to the lives of those living in the academy’s local community (including pupils/students and families)
  • positive about the future and have a desire to find solutions to problems and issues

The Co-op Academies Trust has;

  • improved all of its academies as shown in academic performance and Ofsted outcomes
  • rapidly improved attendance in all of our academies
  • provided a clear structure and support for professional development and career enhancement
  • opened up opportunities within The Co-op for the benefit of pupils and staff
  • adopted nationally agreed terms and conditions for staff and a range of benefits offered to all Co-op employees

Our experienced team will ensure your transition to academy status is successful by supporting the consultation process including:

  • Land transfer and lease arrangements
  • TUPE process
  • Budget and finance model for new academies
  • Risk management process
  • Curriculum development and staffing structures
  • The registration processes
  • Stakeholder engagement and communication strategies

For more details of our approach, please contact us by phone for a confidential discussion with one of our team.