Bright Tribe in discussions over future of northern schools

The Bright Tribe academy trust is in discussions with the government about walking away from all of its schools in the north of England, the national schools commissioner has revealed.

Sir David Carter told MPs that “conversations about Bright Tribe moving out of the north” began in September, and would continue following the trust’s decision to walk away from Whitehaven Academy in Cumbria.

Stockport-based Bright Tribe currently runs five schools in the north: Whitehaven in Cumbria, Grindon Hall in Sunderland, Werneth Primary School in Oldham and Haltwistle Community Campus lower and upper schools in Northumberland. The rest of its schools are in Suffolk and Essex.

The trust announced last week that it intends to give up Whitehaven Academy, which has been at the centre of a bitter dispute with parents, staff and the wider community over the quality of education and the state of buildings at the school.

Read the full article on Schools Week.


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