A new era for Catholic Education in North West Leeds and Ilkley
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.
Letter to Parents from the Chair of the Academy Trust (PDF) 1/3/2013
Bishop William Wheeler, Bishop of Leeds 1966–1985 [WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE]
Wharfedale Catholic schools unite in Academy Trus [WHARFEDALE OBSERVER]
Five Catholic primaries and one secondary school leave council contro [BRADFORD TELEGRAPH & ARGUS]