Justine Greening urged to take action on reports of academies off-loading pupils onto neighbouring schools

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A Yorkshire MP has urged Education ministers to take action to prevent academies from “pushing” challenging pupils onto neighbouring council-run schools. According to the Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh, one primary school in her constituency has had to take on … Continue reading

Police ‘looking at’ Wakefield City Academies Trust

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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

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

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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

Education Secretary has ‘questions to answer’ over Wakefield City Academies Trust

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YORKSHIRE MPs have warned that the Government “has questions to answer” after securing a meeting with Education Secretary Justine Greening to discuss their concerns about the collapse of one of the region’s biggest academy chains. The Wakefield City Academies Trust … Continue reading

Swinton and Mexborough academy schools face uncertain futures

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TWO schools whose academy chains will be wound up following disappointing exam results won’t have their futures secured until next year. were told its trust — Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) would be wound up in September. And speaking during … Continue reading