Academy trust decides to pull out of 21 schools
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.