About us

The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) currently has 32 open academies educating approximately 16,000 pupils across eight local authority areas including Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Derby City, Leicester City, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Lincolnshire and Central Bedfordshire.

The Trust Was formed in 2009 by the Governing Body of the outstanding Greenwood Dale School in Nottingham. Greenwood Dale was one of the first two schools in the country to be allowed to set up its own Foundation to sponsor Academies. 

The GDFT is the sponsor organisation. The Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT) is the operational arm of the organisation, employing all staff and managing the finances and other central services for the Academies in the group.

We are a ‘not for profit’ organisation. Any income we receive is spent for the benefit of our pupils. Support services for finance, ICT, procurement, human resources, catering, data, curriculum development, staff development, health and safety and extended opportunities are led by a Central Team operating across the Trust. The Central Team budget has a maximum annual cost of 5.5 per cent of the Trust’s budget which means that 94.5 per cent of the Trust’s budget goes directly to individual academies. We do not pay bonuses to our staff, nor do we provide company cars or free private healthcare. We do not pay our Trustees.

Local support for individual Academies is provided by Academy Advisory Councils, rather than governing bodies. The role of the council is described in the prospectus for each Academy.

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The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust - How we work