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City Academies: Sponsorship

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many academies are sponsored by (a) religious groups, (b) educational groups, (c) companies and (d) individuals. (140971)

There are 47 academies now open. We do not classify sponsors according to whether they are religious groups, educational groups, companies and individuals as these categories will frequently overlap. Some academies have more than one sponsor, usually from more than one of the categories included in the question.

The list of open academies and their sponsors are included in the following table.

Open academy name


The Business Academy, Bexley

Garrard Education Trust

Greig City Academy, Haringey

Greig Trust with the London Diocesan Board for Schools

Unity City Academy, Middlesbrough

Amey plc

City Academy, Bristol

John Laycock/University of the West of England

Capital City, Brent

Sir Frank Lowe

City of London Academy, Southwark

Corporation of London

Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham

Sir Harry Djanogly

King’s Academy, Middlesbrough

Emmanuel Schools Foundation

Manchester Academy

United Learning Trust (ULT)

The Academy at Peckham, Southwark

Harris Charitable Trust/Whitgift Foundation

The Walsall City Academy

The Mercers’ Company/Thomas Telford Online

The West London Academy, Ealing

Alec Reed

Lambeth Academy


The London Academy, Barnet

Peter Shalson

Mossbourne Community Academy, Hackney

Sir Clive Bourne

Northampton Academy


Stockley Academy, Hillingdon

Barry Townsley and others

Dixons City Academy, Bradford

Dixons CTC Trust

Harefield Academy, Hillingdon

David Meller and others

Marlowe Academy, Kent

Roger de Haan/Kent County Council

The Academy of St. Francis of Assisi, Liverpool

Diocese of Liverpool/RC Archdiocese of Liverpool

St. Paul’s Academy, Greenwich

Archdiocese of Southwark

Trinity Academy, Doncaster

Emmanuel Schools Foundation

North Liverpool Academy

Liverpool University/Granada Learning

Harris Academy Merton

Harris Charitable Trust

Grace Academy, Solihull

Bob Edmiston

Walthamstow Academy, Waltham Forest


Paddington Academy


David Young Community Academy, Leeds

Diocese of Ripon and Leeds

Harris Girls Academy East Dulwich

Harris Charitable Trust

The Harris Bermondsey Academy

Harris Charitable Trust

Sheffield Springs


Sheffield Park


Landau Forte College, Derby

Landau Forte Academy Trust

Westminster Academy

Exilarch’s Foundation

The Petchey Academy, Hackney

Jack Petchey Foundation

The Burlington Danes Academy, Hammersmith and Fulham


Barnsley Academy


The John Madejski Academy, Reading

John Madejski

Sandwell Academy

Mercers Company, Thomas Telford Online, HSBC, West Bromwich Albion Football Club, Tarmac Group

Haberdashers’ Knights Academy

Haberdashers’ Livery Company

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham Academy

Haberdashers’ Livery

Salford City Academy


Gateway Academy, Thurrock

Ormiston Trust

Macmillan Academy, Middlesbrough

Macmillan CTC

St. Mark’s Academy, Merton

Diocese of Southwark Trust/CfBT Educational Trust/Toc H

Madeley Academy, Telford and Wrekin

Thomas Telford On-line

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what promotional rights are available to a private sector company sponsoring a city academy. (140977)

Funding Agreements for academies do not place any restrictions on promotional activities by sponsors. However, the use of data held by academies on individual pupils is restricted by the Data Protection Act.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) educational experience and (b) advisory staff he requires sponsors of academies to have; and how he assesses their ability to make an educational contribution to the schools they sponsor. (141046)

Sponsors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including universities, educational foundations, businesses, individuals and faith communities. There is no set requirement of prior educational experience, nor a requirement for specific advisory staff. The suitability of sponsors and their ability to make a significant contribution to the academies programme is assessed during the process of brokering a project before an expression of interest is agreed by the Secretary of State.

The Department carries out rigorous checks to establish the suitability of individuals and organisations wishing to become sponsors of academies. These include checking their financial viability to supply the funds pledged as well as their general suitability.

Potential sponsors should be able to demonstrate:

Transparency of business arrangements (both in the EU and overseas) and ability to account for funds (including donations from other parties);

Evidence of a successful business background including evidence of consistent and sustained trading (where appropriate);

A long-term commitment to the UK education sector and the aims of the academies programme;

Potential to run a successful school and to contribute towards raising standards;

Ability to enhance the reputation of the academies programme;

Ability to promote community cohesion;

Financial status commensurate with academy sponsorship and/or evidence of ability to raise the necessary funds.