• Bright Tribe to lose name under merger with Adventure Learning Academies Trust

    The under-fire Bright Tribe Academy Trust is planning to ditch its name and merge with its sister chain as it prepares to abandon all but one of its northern schools. Stockport-based Bright Tribe plans to merge with the Adventure Learning Academies Trust (ALAT), which runs one secondary school and four primary schools across Cornwall. According

    5.00 May. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Police investigations continue into Bright Tribe and WCAT

    Police officers are continuing their enquiries into whether criminal offences have been committed either by the Bright Tribe Trust or Wakefield City Academy Trust. Bright Tribe and WCAT were both reported to police last year over allegations of financial impropriety, though the latter has been cleared of wrongdoing by government auditors. Enquiries into Bright Tribe

    17.00 Mar. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Council demands £1m from MAT that abandoned a failing school

    A local authority is demanding the £1 million the government gave a MAT to take over failing schools in the north-east after it abandoned one and left it in a similar amount of debt. Bright Tribe had been lined up to take over Haydon Bridge High School since it was put in special measures in

    5.00 Dec. 16th, 2017 | News

  • Kathy Kirkham resigns as chief executive of Bright Tribe

    The chief executive of Bright Tribe academy trust, Kathy Kirkham, has resigned. Kirkham has stood down from her role heading the academy trust following a turbulent few months – including a government investigation and the trust pulling out of sponsoring two struggling schools. A Bright Tribe spokesperson said the move was long-planned, with Kirkham having

    10.58 Feb. 23rd, 2017 | News

  • Bright Tribe walks away from struggling schools in north

    A trust has pulled out of sponsoring two struggling schools in the north of England – despite being given extra cash by ministers to help in such circumstances. Bright Tribe has walked away from taking over Fyndoune community college and Durham community business college, which form a federation in north-east England. The secondaries were put

    5.00 Dec. 8th, 2016 | News

  • Academy sponsored by 'top-performing' Bright Tribe 'placed in special measures'

    An academy run by a trust given extra government funding after being lauded by ministers has been put in special measures, with school staff issuing a vote of no confidence in the academy chain. More than 50 staff members at Whitehaven Academy, in Cumbria, have written an open letter today criticising the school’s sponsor Bright

    17.25 Nov. 25th, 2016 | News

  • Bright Tribe investigation reveals chain breached rules - but will not face notice to improve

    An investigation into a “top-performing” academy trust given government cash to drive up standards in northern schools has revealed it breached rules over payments to trustees – but will escape a financial notice to improve. A long-awaited investigation into the Bright Tribe trust, and another trust also founded by sponsor venture capitalist Michael Dwan, called

    17.56 Nov. 9th, 2016 | News

  • A third of academy trusts paid businesses linked to their staff, and 7 other school finance findings

    The education select committee has quizzed senior civil servants as part of their latest hearing into academy finances. Schools Week has rounded up the key findings.   1. More than one in three academy trusts have declared related-party transactions Education Funding Agency boss Peter Lauener said that last year 1,055 of the 2,905 academy trusts

    14.28 Oct. 25th, 2016 | News