New sponsors for the 21 schools given up by the troubled Wakefield City Academies Trust have been provisionally named.
But the Department for Education says the chains named are only its “preferred sponsors”, and it wants to hear the views of “interested parties” before making its final decision.
The list reveals that Outwood Grange Academies Trust will take eight of the schools. A further four will become part of the Delta Academies Trust, a chain that had problems of its own two years ago.
In late 2015, as WCAT was granted cash as a flagship “northern hub” academy trust, Delta, formerly known as SPTA, was being stripped of three of its schools.
At the time, officials also expressed concerns about three of the trust’s schools in Doncaster.
The trust rebranded as Delta last September following the appointment of a new chief executive and new directors in March 2016.
Of the remaining nine WCAT schools, three will go to the Tauheedul Education Trust and two to Astrea Academy Trust.
Inspiring Futures, Aston Community Education Trust, Brigantia Learning Trust Sheffield and Exceed Learning Partnership will each take on one of the schools.
Speculation has surrounded the future of the schools after WCAT announced last month that it would give them all up.
The decision followed a “robust period of review and evaluation of all aspects of the organisation”. It claimed it had “requested that the Department for Education work with [the board] to place our academies with new sponsors”.
However, Schools Week revealed today that officials first pushed to remove schools from the trust in December 2016, nine more months before any official announcement.
WCAT schools’ new sponsors
Brookfield Primary Academy, Rotherham – Aston Community Education Trust
Yewlands Academy, Sheffield – Brigantia Learning Trust Sheffield
Carr Lodge Academy, Doncaster – Exceed Learning Partnership
Willow Academy, Doncaster – Inspiring Futures
Barkerend Academy, Bradford – Tauheedul Edu. Trust
High Crags Primary School, Bradford – Tauheedul Edu. Trust
Thornbury Academy, Bradford – Tauheedul Edu. Trust
Morley Place Academy, Doncaster – Delta Academies Trust
Goole High School, East Yorkshire – Delta Academies Trust
Mexborough Academy, Doncaster – Delta Academies Trust
Montagu Academy, Doncaster – Delta Academies Trust
Waverley Academy, Doncaster – Astrea Academy Trust
Balby Carr Community Academy, Doncaster – Astrea Academy Trust
Bell Lane Academy, Wakefield – Outwood Grange AT
Havercroft Academy, Wakefield – Outwood Grange AT
Heath View Academy – Outwood Grange AT
Hemsworth Academy, Wakefield – Outwood Grange AT
Kinsley Academy, Wakefield – Outwood Grange AT
The Freeston Academy, Wakefield – Outwood Grange AT
Wakefield City Academy, Wakefield – Outwood Grange AT
West End Academy, Wakefield – Outwood Grange AT