This coming autumn marks the 10th anniversary of the Foundation’s formation to support our first academy, in Darwen. Since the Foundation became one of the early academy sponsors the landscape has changed greatly and earlier this year its Trustees and the Board of the Aldridge North West Education Trust (ANWET) agreed that, from September, ANWET will be extended to become a national Aldridge Multi Academy Trust, to be renamed Aldridge Education.
The national MAT will be organised in regional clusters to ensure that our schools retain their individual community identities. Discussions are underway with the Governing Bodies of our sponsored academies and UTCs about the opportunities this could bring. The Aldridge Foundation will continue but will become a separate organisation to Aldridge Education. It will still be committed to supporting our family of schools and focused on innovation in entrepreneurial education, and in fundraising to support that. I am delighted to have been appointed as Chief Executive of the Aldridge Foundation charity. A recruitment process has already begun for the Chief Executive of Aldridge Education, and until they are in post I will fulfil that role on an interim basis.
Beki Martin said: “This marks a big and exciting change for the Foundation. It will enable us to better grow and retain our key leaders and teachers; provide greater opportunities for school staff secondments and promotions; and foster the sharing of curriculum development and specialist resources. Our school leaders will have more time to focus on school improvement as a result of pooling and improving school support functions; it will maximise our financial position by harnessing the shared buying power; and our academy Governors will be able to support the local community focus of their school without all of the legal and administrative accountabilities which increasingly seem to absorb so much time.”
“The Foundation remains unwaveringly committed to our schools being individual, inclusive, community focussed and able to provide outstanding entrepreneurial education to all of our students. The national MAT will be organised in regional clusters to ensure that our schools retain their individual community identities, and that we can attract and support new schools to strengthen the family.”
“Each school will continue to have its own governing body. These Local Governing Committees will hold academy leadership to account on school improvement, ensure the local community is engaged with the academy and that it is properly meeting its community’s needs. They will continue to include elected parent and staff representatives.”