England’s highest earning academy bosses are revealed today in a Tes analysis of 121 trusts identified by the Department of Education (DfE) as paying salaries of more than £150,000.
The DfE last week named the academy trusts that paid at least one individual trustee or staff member more than £150,000 a year in 2015-16. However, it declined to name the individuals or reveal their salaries, despite saying last year that it would do so.
But Tes has used the list of trusts named by the DfE to compile a full list of the highest-paid employees, and their salaries, based on information in academy trust accounts.
Their combined salaries come to more than £21 million, with almost one in five (19 per cent) of the individuals paid at least £200,000 a year, before their pensions are taken into account.
Salaries range from at least £150,000 a year to the £420,000-£425,000 that Sir Dan Moynihan, chief executive of the Harris Federation, is paid.
Sir Dan’s overall package is approaching half a million pounds a year once his pension contributions of £50,000-55,000 are taken into account.
However, many of the academy bosses now earning more than the prime minister are from far smaller trusts, some of which run just one school.
Simon Barber, the principal of Carshalton Boys Sports College, who earns at least £195,000 a year, is one example. Another is Michael McKenzie, headteacher of Alexandra Park School in London, who earns at least £155,000, according to trust accounts.
The extent to which academy trusts are paying large six figure salaries comes amid mounting concern over the levels of remuneration of academy bosses.
Earlier this year national schools commissioner Sir David Carter told Tes that having “challenging conversations” about chief executive pay is a “very important” part of the work of the eight regional schools commissioners he oversees.
And in July this year Lord Adonis, who developed the academies policy under New Labour, told Tes, “If I had realised that academy principals or trust chief executives were going to be paid sums in excess of £150,000 when I was a minister then I would have intervened to stop it”.
One of the lower paying trusts is the Inspiration Trust, which had education minister Sir Theodore Agnew as its chair of trustees until September this year. The trust runs five primary schools, seven secondary schools and one sixth form in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Its chief executive, Dame Rachel de Souza, is at the bottom end of the top earners, on between £150,000 and £155,000 a year.
There has been a 70 per cent rise in the number of trusts paying at least one person in excess of £150,000 a year, with 121 academy trusts listed as doing so in 2015-16, up from 71 in 2014-15.
The figures below show the remuneration of the top paid individuals at the academy trusts identified by the Department for Education, as stated in their annual accounts for year ended 31st August 2016. These figures do not include employer pension contributions unless otherwise stated.
|Trust name||Highest salary ('000)||Name||Title|
|Harris Federation||420-425||Sir Dan Moynihan||Chief executive|
|The Thinking Schools Academy Trust||290-300 (includes 85.833 severance)||Denise Shepherd (resigned 31/8/16)||Chief executive|
|Telford City Technology College Trust Limited||270-280||not disclosed||not disclosed|
|Torch Academy (now known as the Nova Education Trust)||260-265||John Tomasevic||Chief executive|
|Academies Enterprise Trust||236||Ian Comfort||Chief executive|
|Ambitions Academies Trust||235-240||Brian Hooper (resigned 1/6/16)||Chief executive|
|Bright Futures Educational Trust||225-230||Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski||Chief executive|
|Perry Beeches The Academy Trust||220-230||Liam Nolan (resigned 11/5/16)||Chief executive|
|Holland Park School||220-225||Colin Hall||Headteacher|
|The Boston Witham Academies Federation||215-220||Adrian Reed||Chief executive|
|Paradigm Trust||213||Amanda Phillips||Chief executive|
|Aspirations Academies Trust||210-215||Steve Kenning (resigned as member 14/11/16)||Chief executive|
|St Matthew Academy||210-220 (see note 1)||Michael Barry (resigned 2/6/16)||Executive Headteacher|
|The Gorse Academies Trust||210-220||Sir John Townsley||Executive Principal|
|The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust||210-215||Andrew Goulty||Chief executive|
|Leaf Academy Trust||210-220||Rosanne McMullen (resigned 31/12/15)||Chief executive|
|Loxford School Trust Limited||210-215||Anita Johnson||Chief executive|
|ARK Schools||205.63 (see note 2)||Lucy Heller||Managing director|
|The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust||205-210||Clive Neathey||Chief executive|
|Ormiston Academies Trust||205-210||Professor Sir Toby Salt||Chief executive|
|The Kingsdale Foundation||200-210||not disclosed||not disclosed|
|Dixons Academies Charitable Trust Ltd||200-210 (includes pension)||Sir Nick Weller||Executive Principal|
|Hillyfield Primary Academy||200-205||Steve Lancashire||executive head|
|Partnership Learning||195-200||Roger Leighton||Chief executive|
|Tauheedul Education Trust||195-200||Hamid Patel||Chief executive|
|City Learning Trust||195-200||Carl Ward||Chief executive|
|Knole Academy Trust||195-200||Mary Boyle||Principal|
|Carshalton Boys Sports College||190-195||Simon Barber||Principal|
|Oldbury Academy||190-200||John Martin (retired 31/12/15)||Principal|
|The Silver Birch Academy||190-195||Patricia Davies||Principal|
|Brampton Manor Trust||190-200||Dayo Olukoshi||Executive Principal|
|Joseph Leckie Academy Trust||190-195||Keith Whittlestone||Principal|
|Academy Transformation Trust||185-190||Ian Cleland||Chief executive|
|The Slough and East Berkshire C of E Multi Academy Trust||185-190||Paul A McAteer||Chief executive|
|Tollbar Multi Academy Trust||185-190||David Hampson||Chief executive|
|Southfields Academy||180-185||Jacqueline Valin||Principal|
|The Cardinal Hume Academies Trust||180-185||Martin Tissot||Executive Headteacher|
|University Academy Keighley||180-185||Linda Wallsgrove (principal until 31/3/16)||Principal|
|Valley Invicta Academies Trust||180-185||Philip Limbert (resigned 7/6/16)||Chief executive|
|Wakefield City Academies Trust||180-190||Alan Yellup (resigned 31/5/16)||Chief executive|
|Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust||180-190||not disclosed||not disclosed|
|Green Spring Education Trust||180-185||Mark Keary (resigned 27/6/16)||Chief executive|
|QED Academy Trust||175-180||Nigel McLaughlin||Chief executive|
|Swakeleys School for Girls||175-180||Sue Pryor||Headteacher|
|The Collegiate Academy Trust||175-180||Sir Mark Grundy||Principal|
|Central Learning Partnership Trust||175-180||Douglas Selkirk||Chief executive|
|Hatton Academies Trust||175-180||Victoria Bishop||Executive Principal|
|Outwood Grange Academies Trust||173||Sir Michael Wilkins||founding chief executive|
|Landau Forte Charitable Trust||170.167||Antony Edkins||Chief executive|
|Guru Nanak Sikh Academy Limited||170-175||Rajinder Sandhu||Principal|
|Barnet City Academy (now known as AIM Academies Trust)||170-175||Angela Trigg||Executive Principal|
|Swale Academies Trust||170-175||Jon Whitcombe||Trust principal|
|The City Academy Hackney||170-175||Mark Emmerson||Principal|
|David Ross Education Trust||170-180||not disclosed||not disclosed|
|The Dean Trust||170-175||Tarun Kapur||Chief executive|
|The Heath Family (North West)||170-180||Heather Mullaney||Principal|
|Oasis Community Learning||170-180||John Murphy||Chief executive|
|Blackbird Academy Trust||170-180 (includes 80.864 severance)||not disclosed||not disclosed|
|Cranford Community College||170-175||Kevin Prunty||Executive Headteacher|
|Haberdashers' Aske's Federation Trust||170-175||Adrian Percival||Chief executive|
|L.E.A.D. Multi-Academy Trust||170-175||Diana Owen||Chief executive|
|GLF School||169.435||Jon Chaloner||Chief executive|
|TBAP Trust||165-170||Seamus Oates||Chief executive|
|The Alec Reed Academy||165-170||Gary Lobbett||Chief executive|
|The Gosforth Federated Academies Limited||165-170||Hugh Robinson||Principal|
|Burntwood School||165-170||Helen Dorfman||Principal|
|Graveney Trust||165-170||Graham Stapleton||Principal|
|Leigh Academies Trust||165-170||Simon Beamish||Principal|
|The Elliot Foundation Academies Trust||165||Hugh Greenway||Chief executive|
|The John Wallis Church of England Academy Ashford||161.011||John McParland||Principal|
|Aquinas Church of England Education Trust Ltd||160-165||Kathy Griffiths||Chief executive|
|The Brooke Weston Trust||160-165||Andrew Campbell||Chief executive|
|The Cathedral Church of England Academy Trust (Wakefield)||160-165||Tay Warren (resigned 31/8/16)||Principal|
|The Collegiate Trust||160-165||Gordon Smith||Principal|
|The Education Alliance||160-170||Chris Abbott||Chief executive|
|The Education Fellowship Trust||160-165||Johnson E Kane||Chief executive|
|The Howard Partnership Trust||160-165||Rhona Barnfield||Chief executive|
|City of London Academies Trust||160-165||Richard Bannister||Principal|
|Creative Education Trust||160-170||Marc Jordan||Chief executive|
|Exmouth Community College||160-165||Anthony Alexander||Principal|
|Greenwood Academies Trust||160-165||Wayne Norrie||Chief executive|
|Ivybridge Academy Trust||160-170||Robert Haring||Principal|
|King Edward VI Handsworth School||160-170||not disclosed||not disclosed|
|Matrix Academy Trust||160-165||Dame Maureen Brennan||Principal|
|Alexandra Park School (now known as New River Trust)||155-160||Michael McKenzie||Headteacher|
|St Paul's Academy Limited||155-160||Patrick Winston||Principal|
|The KJS Academy Trust||155-160||Margaret Wilson||Headteacher|
|The Sabden Multi Academy Trust||155-160||Frank Stanford||Chief executive|
|Wickersley Partnership Trust||155-160||David Hudson||Headteacher|
|Bourne Education Trust||155-160||Alex Russell||Headteacher|
|Chingford Academies Trust||155-160||Mark Morrall||Executive Principal|
|Durrington Multi Academy Trust||155-160||Sue Marooney||Headteacher|
|Gateway Learning Community||155-160||Kevin Sadler||Chief executive|
|Northern Schools Trust||155-160||Nigel Ward||Chief executive|
|Bradford Academy Trust||154.84||Gareth Dawkins (deceased)||Executive Principal|
|E-ACT||153.014||David Moran||Chief executive|
|Trinity Academy Halifax||152||Michael Gosling||Chief executive|
|Academies South West||150-160||Roger Pope||Principal|
|Ashlawn School Academy Trust (now known as Transforming Lives Educational Trust)||150 (see note 3)||not disclosed||not disclosed|
|Ashmole Academy Trust Limited||150-155||Derrick Brown||Headteacher|
|Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Academy Trust||150-155||Debbie Godfrey-Phaure||Chief executive|
|Prospect Education (Technology) Trust Limited||150 (see note 4)||not disclosed||not disclosed|
|Redborne Upper School and Community College||150-155||Nigel Croft||Principal|
|RMET||150-155||Simon Decker||Chief executive|
|Sandwell Academy Trust Limited (now known as Thomas Telford Multi Academy Trust)||150-160||not disclosed||not disclosed|
|Southmoor Academy||150-155||Dr Philip Ingram||Chief executive|
|St Helen's Catholic Junior School Academy||150-160||Bozena Laraway||Headteacher|
|The Duston Education Trust||150-155||Jane Herriman (resigned 31/5/16)||Principal|
|The Hoddeston School Trust||150-155||David Kennedy||Headteacher|
|The Kemnal Academies Trust||150-155||Karen Roberts||Chief executive|
|The Northumberland Church of England Academy||150-160 (includes pension)||Andrew Day||Executive director|
|The Priory Federation of Academies||150-155||Ian Jones||Chief executive|
|The Williamson Trust||150-155||Gary Holden (resigned 31/8/16)||Executive Principal|
|Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust||150-155||Beverley Mabey||Chief executive|
|United Learning Trust||150-160 (see note 5)||not disclosed||not disclosed|
|Carmel Education Trust||150-155||Maura Regan||Chief executive|
|Highcliffe School||150-160||not disclosed||not disclosed|
|Inspiration Trust||150-155||Dame Rachel de Souza||Chief executive|
|Lion Academy Trust||150-160||not disclosed||not disclosed|
|Ninestiles Academy Trust Limited||150-155||Christine Quinn||Chief executive|
|Brigantia Learning Trust Limited||150-160||Christopher French||Principal|
1 St Matthew Academy: Academy trust accounts list one individual, who is not identified, in the “£210,001 to £220,000” band. The trustees’ remuneration and expenses section of the accounts states that executive headteacher Michael Barry had remuneration of £120,000-£125,000 and an “additional £90,000 - £95,000”.
2 Ark Schools: Lucy Heller is also managing director of Ark Academies Projects Ltd, Ark UK Programmes, and chief executive of Ark. 50 per cent of her salary is charged to Ark Schools.
3 Ashlawn School Academy Trust (now known as Transforming Lives Educational Trust): Lists one individual (not identified) “in the band £80,001 - £220,000”.
4 Prospect Education (Technology) Trust Limited: Does not disclose identities of "higher paid staff" but states there were “two employees earned in excess of £80,000”. It adds “for reasons of both confidentiality and business sensitivity, the trustees have determined that the actual salary band for these two individuals will not be disclosed”.
5 United Learning Trust: Chief executive Jon Coles is paid by the parent company, United Church Schools Foundation Limited. The parent company's latest accounts do not disclose his salary but lists one individual in the £230,000-240,000 pay bracket.