Academy trust de­cides to pull out of 21 schools

The Sunday Telegraph - - News -

A fail­ing academy trust has asked to give up all of its 21 schools just a few days into the new term. In an “ur­gent an­nounce­ment”, Wake­field City Acad­e­mies Trust (WCAT) said it had made the de­ci­sion after con­clud­ing it could not un­der­take the “rapid improvement” needed.

Just four of its schools across York­shire are rated as good or out­stand­ing by Of­sted, while 11 out of the 14 pri­mary acad­e­mies, and six of the seven sec­ondary schools are be­low the na­tional av­er­age.

The De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion (DfE) said it would work with the trust un­til a new spon­sor can be found.

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