Names of 53 academy trusts being quizzed on high pay

Education and Skills Funding Agency has now sent letters to 213 academy trusts demanding explanations of high salaries

Martin George

Only one in five trusts has agreed to cut back on top salaries

The DfE has given 53 academy trusts two weeks to justify paying high salaries last year.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency today published letters it this week sent to the trusts.

It told them they were "one of a very small number of trusts" that had paid either at least one person a salary of £150,000 or more, or at least two salaries between £100,000 and £150,000 in 2016-17.

It is the fourth batch of letters the ESFA has sent to academy trusts to demand explanations of high salaries, bringing the total that it has contacted to 213.

In December, chief executive Eileen Milner wrote to 29 single academy trusts that paid a salary in excess of £150,000 in 2015-16.

In February, she wrote to 88 multi-academy trusts that paid a salary above £150,000 in 2016-17.

And in April she wrote to 43 academy trusts paying two or more salaries between £100,000 and £150,000 in 2015-16.

In this week’s letter, Ms Milner said she was requesting “further information on your process, and just as importantly, the rationale for setting these levels of salaries within your trust”.

The following trusts were sent letters this week:

  1. Aldridge Education
  2. Ambitions Academies Trust
  3. Amethyst Academies Trust
  4. Anglian Learning
  5. Astrea Academy Trust
  6. Boleyn Trust
  7. Brentwood Academies Trust
  8. Cabot Learning Federation
  9. Cidari Education Limited
  10. Claremont High School Academy Trust
  11. Cockburn Multi Academy Trust
  12. Colston’s Girls’ School Trust
  13. Community Inclusive Trust
  14. Cranford Community College
  15. Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust
  16. Drapers’ Multi-academy Trust
  17. Durand Academy Trust
  18. Education and Leadership Trust
  19. Empower Learning Academy Trust
  20. Future Schools Trust
  21. Inspire Multi Academy Trust
  22. Learner Engagement and Achievement Partnership Multi-academy Trust
  23. Lime Trust
  24. Moor End Academies Trust
  25. Mulberry Schools Trust
  26. Navigate Academies Trust
  27. Northern Education Trust
  28. Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy Trust
  29. Paradigm Trust
  30. Polymat
  31. Russell Education Trust
  32. Sandwell Academy Trust Limited
  33. Sir John Lawes Academies Trust [Scholars’ Education Trust]
  34. South Lincolnshire Academies Trust
  35. St Bernard’s Catholic High School
  36. TBAP Trust
  37. TDA Education Trust
  38. The Active Learning Trust Limited
  39. The Aylesbury Vale Academy
  40. The BRIT School Ltd
  41. The College Academies Trust
  42. The Compass Partnership of Schools
  43. The Futures Trust
  44. The Gosforth Federated Academies Limited
  45. The Shaw Education Trust
  46. The Silver Birch Academy
  47. The Thrive Partnership Academy Trust
  48. The UCL Academy
  49. Transforming Lives Educational Trust
  50. University of Chichester (Multi) Academy Trust
  51. University Schools Trust, East London
  52. Wellsway Multi Academy Trust
  53. Woodard Academies Trust

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Martin George

Martin George

Martin George is a reporter at Tes

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