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Academy Sponsor


The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust has received approval from the Department for Education (DfE) to support an underperforming school or group of schools – supporting their smooth transition from the maintained sector into the Trust as a member academy school.  There are also occasions where an existing academy could be moved from another Trust into The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust.

These arrangements are advised by the Regional Schools Commissioner and the Head Teacher Board (HTB) through a matching process to ensure that the sponsored school and the Trust have the capacity to ensure sustained and rapid school improvement.

Academy sponsors are responsible for:

  • setting up the academy  within the Trust
  • appointing the leadership team
  • selecting the local governing body
  • monitoring the academy’s performance and taking action where necessary
  • reporting to DfE about the academy’s performance
  • involving parents and the wider community in the academy’s work through events, mentoring and business links
  • making sure the academy spends its funding effectively
  • working with the academy trust, local governing body, academy head and senior leadership team

Schools that are matched with The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust become full members of the Trust and benefit from all the support structures outlined within this website.  It is our aim to ensure all schools are exceptional within two years of joining the Trust.

Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/sponsor-an-academy

If The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust does not appear to be complying with our responsibilities as a sponsor, the Secretary of State for Education can remove our sponsor status.

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