The country’s largest academy trust is to give up two more academies – despite recently being given the green light to take on more schools again.
The Academies Enterprise Trust announced today it has agreed with the Department for Education to give up two of its schools – Felixstowe Academy and Langer Primary.
AET has recently been taken off the government’s “pause” list, meaning it is allowed to take on new schools again. Hockley Primary Academy joined in September. However the growth is capped at up to 1,000 pupils at primary school level per year, and the trust is not allowed to take on secondary schools.
The removal of two of the trust’s schools also follows pressure from environment minister and Felixstowe MP Therese Coffey, who set up a petition, signed by nearly 1,400 people, for Felixstowe Academy to be handed to a new trust.