Our Co-op Commitment

Our Co-op Commitment

We are part of the Co-op Academies Trust, a group of academies united by the values underpinning the co-operative movement; self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.

Our sponsors work with us to support the Academy in making key decisions and in improving standards for everyone. Representatives from the Co-op sit alongside parents/carers, staff and other members of our governing body.

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, the Trust 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 2018, as the Trust reached twelve academies, the Co-op Group invested £3.6million into the academies programme. Its ambition was to move to 40 schools, educating up to 40,000 young people in the north of England by 2022.

In 2020 the Trust reached 26 academies across three hubs.

The CEO of the Trust is Chris Tomlinson.

The address of the Trust is:

Registered office in England: 1 Angel Square Manchester M60 0AG Company registration number: 07747126

The Co-operative Group

The Co-op’s commitment to education is nothing new, when the co-operative movement started in the mid-nineteenth century, it provided educational activities for members and their families. To this day, education is one of the underpinning principles of the movement globally.

The Co-op has a clear purpose of “championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities”. It is owned and governed by its members and membership is open to everyone who shares the Co-op values and principles.

We show these values by working together for everyone’s benefit, and playing a full part in the community. As an ethical leader, The Co-op exists not just to serve its communities but to help them live their best lives.

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Co-op Academies Trust Annual Accounts

Co-op Academies Trust Annual Audited Accounts

Memorandum of Association

Articles of Association

Names of Charity Trustees and Members

Funding Agreement