The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust was formed 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 Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust is the sponsor of the Nottingham Academy, the Skegness Academy, the Nottingham Girls' Academy, the Weston Favell Academy in Northampton and the Stanground Academy in Peterborough. From September 2012 the Trust opened the City of Peterborough Academy Special School, the Mansfield Primary Academy, the Skegness Junior Academy, the Skegness Infant Academy, the Ingoldmells Primary Academy, the Mablethorpe Primary Academy and the Houghton Regis Academy. On 1 November 2012 the Trust opened the Queensmead Primary Academy in Leicester, on 1 February 2013 the Sunnyside Primary Academy and the Woodvale Primary Academy in Northampton and on 1 April 2013 the Kingswood Primary Academy in Corby.
The 11-16 City of Derby Academy will open on 1 June 2013 and the 11-19 City of Peterborough Academy and the Corby Primary Academy will open in September 2013. The Trust is also working closely with the DfE and a number of Local Authorities to open further Academies over the next two years.
The Trust's vision is to have a group of at least twenty Academies operating across the Midlands by September 2013.
The 3-19 Nottingham Academy opened in September 2009 and will be the largest school in the United Kingdom with places for 3,600 pupils. During 2009 to 2012 a £54m capital development programme is taking place to provide state of the art accommodation for pupils, staff and the community. It operates across three sites in Nottingham City.
The 11-19 Skegness Academy opened in September 2010 for 1340 pupils. A £20m new build programme commenced in September 2011.
The 11-19 Nottingham Girls' Academy and the 11-19 Weston Favell Academy in Northampton both opened in September 2011. Capital funding for the Nottingham Girls' Academy project has been confirmed at £10.5m. The Weston Favell Academy was subject to a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) new build which was completed in August 2009.
The 11-19 Stanground Academy opened on 1 April 2012, replacing the Stanground College in Peterborough. A £24m capital rebuilding programme commenced in January 2012.
The 11-19 City of Peterborough Academy and the 4-19 City of Peterborough Academy Special School are two of the recently announced new ‘Free Schools'. The mainstream 11-19 Academy is in the pre-opening stage of development; the Special School opened in Septembre 2012 in high quality temporary accommodation. These Academies are brand new and will not replace any existing schools.
The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust and the Greenwood Academies Trust is led by the Chief Executive, Barry Day OBE, who is responsible for the overall success of all Academies, new opportunities, vision and all central functions.
The Chief Executive has a long and successful history of school improvement, working in some of the most challenging schools in the country and has a proven track record of helping children from deprived backgrounds achieve extremely highly.
The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust is the sponsor organisation. The Greenwood Academies Trust is the operational arm of the organisation, employing all staff and managing the finances and other central services for the Academies in the group.
Local support for individual Academies is provided by governing councils, rather than governing bodies. The role of the council is described in the prospectus for each Academy.
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 Group. All non-teaching functions are led and managed by Graham Feek, the Deputy Chief Executive.
The Trust has the status of a ‘multiple' sponsor of Academies. The Trust was one of the first groups to be awarded Accredited Schools Group status by the DCSF, now the DfE.