Wakefield City Academies Trust

Department for Education written question – answered on 19th April 2018.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2017 to Question 111966, on Wakefield City Academies Trust, how many of the schools formerly within the Wakefield City Academies Trust have been placed with new trusts.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Our priority continues to be to transfer the schools to strong trusts that will be able to drive rapid and sustainable school improvement, to give these pupils the best possible education. We have confirmed new trusts for 20 of the 21, Wakefield City Academy Trust (WCAT) schools.

On 1 April 2018, 11 of the schools formally transferred from WCAT to their new Trusts. The department is working with all involved to transfer the remaining academies as smoothly as possible and in a way that secures the financial future for each school as well as the education of their pupils. We have worked with all the schools and the new trusts to provide appropriate support and resources, including funding, so that each of the schools has what is required to improve pupil outcomes.

Schools, which are yet to be transferred, are being closely monitored by the Regional School Commissioners. Many of the new trusts have an agreement with WCAT to provide school improvement support, enabling pupils to benefit from an outstanding trust immediately.

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