The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust formed today

A new era for Catholic Education in North West Leeds and Ilkley

PHOTO (LEFT TO RIGHT): Mrs Ashworth, Headteacher, St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Pudsey, a Voluntary Academy Mrs Lubomski, Headteacher, Sacred Heart Primary, Ilkley Mr Pritchard, Headteacher, St. Mary’s Menston, a Catholic Voluntary Academy Mr Hughes, Headteacher, St Mary’s Horsforth Catholic Voluntary Academy Mrs Todd, Heateacher, Ss. Peter and Paul Primary, Yeadon Mrs Knight, Headteacher, St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Otley, a Voluntary Academy

PHOTO (LEFT TO RIGHT):
Mrs Ashworth, Headteacher, St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Pudsey, a Voluntary Academy
Mrs Lubomski, Headteacher, Sacred Heart Primary, Ilkley
Mr Pritchard, Headteacher, St. Mary’s Menston, a Catholic Voluntary Academy
Mr Hughes, Headteacher, St Mary’s Horsforth Catholic Voluntary Academy
Mrs Todd, Heateacher, Ss. Peter and Paul Primary, Yeadon
Mrs Knight, Headteacher, St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Otley, a Voluntary Academy

The week before half term, the Governors of Sacred Heart Ilkley, St Mary’s Horsforth, St Joseph’s Pudsey, St Joseph’s Otley, Ss. Peter and Paul Yeadon and St. Mary’s Menston agreed the final documents to convert into academies under the newly formed Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust. This means that they will no longer be maintained by the Local Authority. Instead the schools are Academies under The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust. The Catholic Diocese of Leeds has an Academy model where schools convert as a Multi Academy Trust. This is to ensure that the schools are strengthened as Catholic schools in the Diocese, there are economies of scale, there is more coherence in education and most importantly no school is left behind. The conversion date was set for 1 March 2013.

St Mary’s Horsforth, St Joseph’s Pudsey, St Joseph’s Otley and St. Mary’s Menston all received approval, and converted on 1 March 2013.

Ss. Peter and Paul and Sacred Heart Ilkley expect to receive approval to convert from 1 April 2013.

These six schools are the start of the trust, and others may choose to join in the future.


“We now hope to grow together, offering Catholic education from 4 to 18, serving the Diocese, the parishes and the parents. There are now increased opportunities for us to improve our provision further and offer even better outcomes in the future.”
— Mr R Pritchard BSc (Hons) LTh, Headteacher of St. Marys Menston and Director of the Trust