Co-op Amongst Top Performers

Co-op Academies Trust amongst top performing multi-academy trusts for a fourth year.

The Sutton Trust’s annual report on the performance of academy chains has been released today. The Co-op Academies Trust is amongst the highest performing academy trusts nationally and one of the very few high performers based in the north of England.

The report focuses on 48 academy trusts and is in its fourth year of publication. The results across the 48 trusts vary significantly but the Co-op Academies have once again been sighted as consistently high performers.

Frank Norris, Director of the Trust, said “It is something that we knew from our own analysis but it's something that we are very proud of. The Co-op Academies always looks forward to the Sutton Trust’s report each year, as it is a really valuable indicator of how all trusts are performing across the sector with communities similar to ours.”

“We want to work with others to remove the gap between students from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds. We serve some very complex communities and it's important to know that we are serving them well.”

The report recommends that the government must recognise the challenge of limited capacity in the system and allow civil servants to draw on all education providers with good track records.

Other recommendations include creating a taskforce led by the National Schools Commissioner, and comprised of trustees and senior and middle leaders from chains demonstrating significant success, to act as mentors to those sponsors struggling to realise their potential.

“I agree with the recommendations. We have now got a very strong track record of providing a fantastic education and a wonderful environment to grow. The Co-op Academies would support any form of co-operation and as co-operators we’d be very pleased to support other providers and work closely to improve education for all.” said Frank Norris.

Principal Nick Lowry said "being part of the Co-op Academies Trust has provided us with a platform for sustained improvement.  The expertise within the Trust means that we can continue to improve.  It is fantastic that this is again recognised in the Chain Effects report".

For the first time the report took into account converter and primary academies. A full version of the report can be found here - Link

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