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DfE names high-paying academy trusts

DfE publishes list of MATs and single academies paying six-figure salaries


DfE publishes list of MATs and single academies paying six-figure salaries

The Department for Education has published the names of 160 academy trusts it has written to questioning why they are paying six-figure salaries.

Eileen Milner, chief executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, has written a series of letters to the chairs of mats and single academies trusts asking for their rationale for paying these high wages.

Letters were sent out at the end of last year to single academy trusts paying more than £150,000.

This has been followed this year with letters to MATs paying more than £150,000 and all trusts paying two or more people a salary of between £100,000 and £150,000.

Now the DfE has published a full list of those trusts which received letters.

The ESFA sent out 29 letters to single academy trusts and 88 to MATs paying more than £150,000. It has also written to 43 trusts which have two or more employees earning more than £100,000.

Of the 29 single academy trusts paying more than £150,000, 13 were said to be at risk of financial difficulty. 

Tes revealed the identity of the 29 trusts earlier this year following a freedom of information request. However the DfE refused to name the 13 trusts said to be at risk.

At the time it said: “disclosing the information could imply to the relevant trusts that communication with the ESFA is not a safe space and place undue pressure on trusts and or the ESFA to act on a complex issue."

Education secretary Damian Hinds revealed at the weekend that 18 of the 117 single academy trusts and MATS which paid more than £150,000 had now agreed not to do so.  However the department has not named the trusts in question.

In a speech to the National Governance Association, Mr Hinds said that school leaders should only be paid more than the Prime Minister in “exceptional circumstances.”

Academy trusts that have faced DfE questions over the salaries they pay:

1. Letter sent on 4 December 2017 to SATs/MATs with a single academy paying salaries of £150k in 2015/16 academies accounts return

Bradford Academy Trust

Burntwood School

Carshalton Boys Sports College

Durrington Multi Academy Trust

Exmouth Community College

Green Spring Education Trust

Highcliffe School

Hillyfield Primary Academy

Holland Park

Joseph Leckie Academy Trust

Knole Academy Trust

New River Trust (listed on the SARA as Alexandra Park School)

Oldbury Academy

Prospect Education (Technology) Trust Ltd

Redborne Upper School & Community College

Southfields Academy

St Helen’s Catholic Junior School Academy

St Paul’s Academy Limited

Swakeley’s School for Girls

Telford City Technology College

The Alec Reed Academy

The Cathedral Church of England Trust, Wakefield

The City Academy, Hackney

The Duston Education Trust

The John Wallis Church of England Academy, Ashford

The Kingsdale Foundation

The KJS Academy Trust

The St Matthew Academy Limited

University Academy Keighley

2. Letter  sent on 23 February 2018 to MATs paying salaries of £150k and above in 2016/17 academies accounts return

City Learning Trust

Academies Enterprise Trust

AIM Academies Trust

Aquinas Church of England Education Trust Limited

ARK Schools

Ashmole Academy Trust Limited

Aspirations Academies Trust

Aston Community Education Trust

Bourne Education Trust

Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust

Brampton Manor Trust

Central Learning Partnership Trust

Chingford Academies Trust

City of London Academies Trust

Community Academies Trust

Core Education Trust

Creative Education Trust

Delta Academies Trust

Dixons Academies Charitable Trust Ltd


Education South West

Enfield Learning Trust

Eynsham Partnership Academy

Future Academies

Gateway Learning Community

GLF Schools

Graveney Trust

Great Academies Educational Trust

Greater Manchester Academies Trust

Greenwood Academies Trust

Guru Nanak Sikh Academy Limited

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation Trust

Harris Federation

Hartismere Family of Schools

Hatton Academies Trust

Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust

Inspiration Trust

Inspirational Learning Academies Trust

Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership

L.E.A.D Multi Academy Trust

Landau Forte Charitable Trust

Leigh Academies Trust

Lion Academy Trust

Loxford School Trust

Matrix Academy Trust

North East Learning Trust

Northern Schools Trust

Nova Educational Trust

Oasis Community Learning

Ormiston Academy Trust

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Partnership Learning

QED Academy Trust

Rainham Mark Education Trust

Reach2 Academy Trust

South Farnham Educational Trust

Southmoor Academy

Swale Academies Trust

Tauheedul Education Trust

The Boston Witham Academies Federation

The Brooke Weston Trust

The Cardinal Hume Academies Trust

The Collegiate Trust

The Dean Trust

The Education Alliance

The Education Fellowship Trust

The Elliott Foundation Academies Trust

The Gorse Academies Trust

The Heath Family (North West)

The Hoddesdon School Trust

The Howard Partnership Trust

The Kemnal Academies Trust

The Laurus Trust

The Park Federation Academy Trust

The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust

The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust

The Sabden Multi Academy Trust

The Slough & East Berkshire CofE Multi Academy Trust

The Spencer Academies Trust

The Two Counties Trusts

The White Horse Federation

Tollbar Multi Academy Trust

Trinity Multi Academy Trust

United Learning Trust

Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust

Wellspring Academy Trust

Wembley Multi Academy Trust

Windsor Academy Trust

3. Letter sent on 10 April 2018 to trusts paying two or more salaries between £100k and £150k in 2015/16 academies accounts return

Abbey Multi Academy Trust

Academy Transformation Trust

Arden Multi Academy Trust

Avanti Schools Trust

Beacon Multi Academy Trust Limited

Bright Futures Educational Trust

CFBT Schools Trust

Charters School

Coastal Academies Trust

Diverse Academies Trust

East Midlands Education Trust

Eastern Multi Academy Trust

Finham Park Multi Academy Trust

Fort Pitt Thomas Aveling Academies

Fylde Coast Academy Trust

GDST Academy Trust

Grace Academy

Greenshaw Learning Trust

Hull Collaborative Academy Trust

James Brindley School

Kingsbury High School

Learning in Harmony Multi Academy Trust

Macmillan Academy

New College Durham Academies Trust

Ninestiles Academy Trust Limited

PA Community Trust

Redhill Academy Trust

Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust

St Edward’s Church of England School and Sixth Form College

Step Academy Trust

The Challenge Academy Trust

The Co-operative Academies Trust

The David Ross Education Trust

The Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust

The Fulham College Academy Trust

The Griffin Schools Trust

The Herefordshire Marches Federation of Academies

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

The Watford UTC

Trinitas Academy Trust

Unity Schools Trust

Valley Invicta Academies Trust

Whitefield Academy Trust

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