The boss of the country’s largest multi-academy trust has announced he is stepping down from his role as chief executive.
Ian Comfort, who has led the 67-school Academies Enterprise trust (AET) since 2012, has confirmed he will leave the post after the new year.
AET’s board said Comfort indicated to trustees earlier in the year his desire to “move on to other challenges”.
The board added: “Ian has now informed us that he plans to leave in the spring term, giving the board time to find a suitable successor.”
It comes at a turbulent time for the trust after six of its trustees quit in June.
The resignations followed a highly critical letter sent to the trust by Ofsted in February which said AET was failing too many pupils, with “mediocre” secondary academies, unacceptably low attendance and poor children doing particularly badly.