Our Trust mentioned in the Academies Annual Report

The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust has been mentioned in the Department for Education's Academies Annual Report: academic year 2013 to 2014

Photo: "Looking forward to the future of the trust". Using iPads at St. Mary's Menston, 26 June 2015.

Photo: "Looking forward to the future of the trust". Using iPads at St. Mary's Menston, 26 June 2015.

From page 19 of the report:

Case study: Sacred Heart Catholic Primary (West Yorkshire)


Sacred Heart Catholic Primary, in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, converted to academy status in
April 2013 as a high performing outstanding school with 100% achieving level 4 or above
in reading, writing and maths. It was a founder member of the Bishop Wheeler Catholic
Academy Trust, which comprises of 1 high school and 5 primaries all of which were
either good or outstanding schools on conversion. Since April 2013 another of the
primary schools and the high school have been graded outstanding.

As a member of the Bishop Wheeler Trust, Sacred Heart pays 2% of its budget for
tailored central services which was a significant reduction from the top slice historically
kept back by the LA. As a result the school’s Academy Council has been able to allocate
more of its budget for the direct benefit of its pupils: for example the outdoor learning
environments in early years and key stage 1 have been significantly enhanced with high
quality resources which have provided more opportunities for the development of the
children’s independent learning skills.

Alixena Lubomski, headteacher, said: "It has certainly been an exciting journey
as headteacher within a new academy trust. Our school has continued to provide an
excellent standard of Catholic education against a backdrop of the implementation of a
rigorous trust-wide school-to-school monitoring reviews programme, an innovative model of multi-layered professional development and support for staff within our organisation, which is led by our teaching school, and a highly effective business and financial management support system. I am looking forward to the future of the trust as new schools join and share their own strengths and we continue to provide intensive support for sponsored schools in difficult circumstances."