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New trust takes reins at Doncaster primary school following shock withdrawal of sponsor

A new trust in charge of a Doncaster primary school offloaded by a crisis-hit academy chain is confident it can repeat past success and improve the life chances of its pupils. Carr Lodge Academy, in Edlington was one of 21 … Continue reading

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Sponsors for 11 schools run by the failed Wakefield City Academies Trust confirmed

Fate of 10 other academies run by failed academy trust not yet confirmed New sponsors have been confirmed for 11 of the schools run by the failed Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT). They will be taken over by the preferred sponsors that … Continue reading

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Bradford Council says WCAT ‘took £2m’ from city schools

A collapsed academy chain has been accused of taking more than £2m of school funds. Bradford Council claims Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) moved the money out of city schools’ reserves and into its centralised accounts. WCAT pulled out of … Continue reading

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Desperate measures are being taken to prevent more MAT scandals – but it’s too little, too late

Desperate measures are being taken to prevent more MAT scandals – but it’s too little, too late The truth is, the oversight of MATs is confused and inadequate – questions surrounding misuse of public money will not go away, writes … Continue reading

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Sponsors for WCAT schools have ‘variable’ school improvement record

The government needs to explain why it picked certain trusts as sponsors for the schools that belonged to the collapsed Wakefield City Academies Trust, a former shadow education secretary has said, after it emerged they had a variable record of … Continue reading

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Police ‘looking at’ Wakefield City Academies Trust

West Yorkshire Police confirm they are investigating the collapsed trust after being contacted by Wakefield Council Police are “looking at” Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT), Tes can reveal. In September, the multi-academy trust announced it was giving up all its 21 schools after … Continue reading

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Yorkshire academy chain defends spending more than £300,000 on IT deal with firm run by its own boss

AN ACADEMY chain in Yorkshire has paid close to £450,000 to companies belonging to its chief executive and his daughter, figures reveal. Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) has defended the spending for IT services for its schools and clerking work … Continue reading

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