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Academies: North of England

Question for Department for Education

UIN 37442, tabled on 18 May 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many applicants there were for the Northern fund for academy sponsors by the deadline of 22 February 2016; and if she will list the trusts which were approved for funding.

Answered on

23 May 2016

In 2015-2016, the Department ran three competitions for academy sponsors to apply for the Northern Fund. The Northern Fund is designed to support the expansion of sponsors in some of the most challenging regions of the country in terms of school performance and rural and urban deprivation. The funding enables sponsors to increase their capacity to take on and improve underperforming schools.

A total of 85 applications were received by the third and final competition deadline of 22 February 2016. A total of 65 trusts were approved for funding and the names of these trusts are listed in the table below:

Sponsor Name

Abbey Multi Academy Trust

Ad Astra Academy Trust

Airedale Academies Trust

Albany Learning Trust

Beckfoot Trust

Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust

Bright Tribe Trust

Brighter Futures Academy Trust

Carillion Academies Trust

Carmel Academy Trust

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT)

Cidari Multi Academy Trust

Community First Academy Trust

Consilium Academies Trust

Cranmer Educational Trust

Education Partnership Trust

Feversham Education Trust

Focus Academies Trust

Fylde Coast Academy Trust

Gawthorpe Community Academy

Great Academies Education Trust

Great Schools Trust

Holy Family Catholic Multi Multi Academy Trust

Innovation Enterprise Academy

Interserve Academies Trust Limited

L.E.A.D Multi Academy Trust

Lydiate Learning Trust

Moor End Academies Trust

New College Pontefract

Ormiston Academies Trust

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Pendle Education Trust

Rainbow Education Multi Academy Trust

REAch4 Academy Trust

SHARE Multi Academy Trust

Southmoor Academy Trust

St Paul’s (Astley Bridge) CofE Primary School

St Simon and Jude CofE Academy Trust

Stockport Learning Trust (South Manchester Learning Trust)

Tauheedul Education Trust

The Aldridge Foundation

The Dean Trust

The Dioceses of Liverpool Joint Catholic and CofE Academy Trust

The Dunham Trust

The Education Alliance

The Enquire Learning Trust

The Gosforth Federated Academies Ltd

The Harmony Trust

The Heath Family Trust

The Inspire Trust

The Keys Federation

The Rowan Learning Trust

The Shotton Hall Learning Trust

The Three Saints Academy Trust

Tollbar Multi Academy Trust

Trinity Academy Halifax (TAH)

United Learning Trust

Wakefield City Academies Trust

Wardle Academy Trust

Waterton Multi Academy Trust

Wellspring Academy Trust

Whitehill Community Academy

Wirral Academy Trust

WISE Academies

Zest Academy Trust

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