England’s largest academy trust gives up struggling school

England’s biggest multi-academy trust is set to hand a struggling Leeds school to another chain, ending a seven-year effort to turn around its fortunes.

United Learning will transfer John Smeaton Academy to The Gorse Academies Trust (TGAT) in September.

Sir John Townsley, TGAT’s chief executive, told parents in a letter that pupils would benefit from its “intimate knowledge” of the region, as it had other schools near by. The academy was “somewhat geographically removed” from other United Learning clusters of schools.


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