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Director’s Letter | June 2019

Colleagues This is the penultimate letter I will write to you all, as I prepare to stand down from my role as CEO at the end of August. It’s been…

Director's Letter
Director’s Letter | June 2019

Queen honours Trust Director

Frank Norris who has led the Co-op Academies Trust for the past six years has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Norris, who steps down from his…

Queen honours Trust Director

Trust becomes the most diverse as it adopts two special schools

The rapidly expanding Co-op Academies Trust became the most diverse multi-academy trust in the country today when it adopted two special schools in Bradford. Following the acquisition of the Trust’s…

Trust becomes the most diverse as it adopts two special schools

Co-op Academies Trust governance recognised with national award

The Co-op Academies Trust’s governance has been recognised at the National Governance Association’s (NGA) Outstanding Governance Awards where it won the Multi-Academy Trust category. The governing bodies of each of the…

Co-op Academies Trust governance recognised with national award

The way that progress is measured in schools is fundamentally flawed

As a former senior HMI, I fully understand the importance placed on national league tables and the role they play in assisting parents, carers and others to assess the relative…

The way that progress is measured in schools is fundamentally flawed

First Wirral secondary school joins Trust

Bebington High Sports College has become the third school on the Wirral, and the first secondary school, in the past few months to join the Co-op Academies Trust, which is…

First Wirral secondary school joins Trust

Director’s Letter | March 2019

As we head towards a rather bizarre Easter holiday period with some academies having the two weeks before the festival and some nearly two weeks after, I thought I would…

Director's Letter
Director’s Letter | March 2019

Co-op move marks new era in post-16 education

A new era in sixth form education began today when the Co-op Academies Trust officially adopted the Connell Sixth Form College in East Manchester. For the first time, from September,…

Co-op move marks new era in post-16 education

Director’s Letter | February 2019

As you know, I have decided to stand down as CEO of the Trust at the end of August 2019. I will have been in post six years at that…

Director's Letter
Director’s Letter | February 2019

Co-op Academies Trust Appoints New CEO

The Co-op Academies Trust has appointed Chris Tomlinson, Regional Director (Secondary), for Harris Federation as its new Chief Executive Officer. Chris will take up the position with the Co-op, which…

Co-op Academies Trust Appoints New CEO