Two Liverpool schools complete transition to academies

Another two Liverpool schools have completed their transition into multi academy trusts.

Documents released by the city council have confirmed two primary schools have left local authority control and will now fall into the remit of the All Saints Multi Academy Trust.

As of 1 April, St Teresa of Lisieux Catholic Primary School in Norris Green and St Cleopas’ Church of England Primary School in L8 are now run by the trust which manages a further six academies locally.

A delegated authority decision by council officers at the end of March confirmed the transfer of the sites at the beginning of this month.

Liverpool Council was informed in June last year that both schools had been approved to join the trust following an application from their governing bodies.

According to an officer report, the aim of the trust, which is jointly sponsored by both the Diocese and the Archdiocese of Liverpool, is to create a Multi Academy Trust “of exceptional and distinctive Christian schools which deliver outstanding education and learning, who share best practice to raise standards and build aspiration for the children and members of its community, maintaining the positive diversity and choice for parents.”

There are no alternative options as the local authority is legally obliged to cooperate with the academy conversion process. Once an Academy Order has been granted the local authority must comply with the process set out under the Academies Act 2010.

The two primary schools are the latest locations to leave the control of the city council. It was confirmed last month that the headteacher of Gateacre School had stepped down amid its preparations to join the Northern Schools Trust.

In a letter to parents, Phil Lloyd, executive principal at the trust, said Gareth Jones’ decision to step aside with immediate effect would enable Northern Schools to continue the conversion process of bringing Gateacre in line with its existing portfolio. Currently, Northern Schools Trust operates North Liverpool Academy, Liverpool Life Sciences UTC and The Studio School.

Mr Jones joined Gateacre in 2019, taking over from previous head Jason Roberts. His departure came off the back of an Ofsted inspection in December that deemed it to require improvement.

West Yorkshire-based Dixons Academy also operates three secondary schools in the city, at Croxteth, Fazakerley, and Broadgreen.

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