A fresh new feel for the Co-op Academy

A fresh new feel for the Co-op Academy

Our Academy changed its name over the summer holidays. The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent will be known as Co-op Academy Stoke-on-Trent from September.

The move comes following a £3.6m investment by the Co-op Group to allow the Trust that sponsors the academy to grow from 12 to 40 academies by 2022.

Nick Lowry, Principal at the academy, said “This is another exciting development in our Academy becoming a genuinely great place to learn and grow. We were the first Co-op Academy in 2010, along with Manchester, and it’s important for us to align ourselves with all the other Co-op Academies across the north.”

“People know us as the ‘Co-op Academy’ so it was the logical move for us. It brings a sense of identity and reminds us that we are a huge part of the wider Co-op movement.”

Parent’s won’t be out of pocket as a result of the changes. The school has committed to allow students to continue wearing uniform until they need to purchase new items and the signage costs have been paid for by the Co-op Group.

Frank Norris, Director of the Trust, said “The Co-op started rebranding all of its food stores and funeral homes back to the ‘heritage’ logo in 2016 – a logo that us oldies will remember. We’re one of the biggest organisations in the Co-op so it seemed right to begin to rebrand our academies in line with the rest of the group.”

“The fact that the Co-op have paid for this just evidences how important we are to their commitment of developing stronger communities. We see schools as vehicles for regenerating communities.”

The academy was judged ‘good’ by Ofsted with outstanding personal development, behaviour and welfare last year and has seen a 400% increase in numbers of students going to university since it became a Co-op Academy.