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Co-operative Schools

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list for each local authority those Co-operative Schools registered with his Department; and if he will indicate what steps his Department has taken to encourage local authorities to expand this number. (307657)

[holding answer 16 December 2009]: Schools are required to notify the Department’s School Organisation Unit if they have changed their status and/or acquired a Trust, but the Department plays no role in decisions on individual cases. According to our records the following schools in the listed local authorities have become co-operative Trust schools.

Local authority


Central Bedfordshire

Samuel Whitbread Community College

Derwent Lower School

Etonbury Middle School

Gothic Mede Lower School

Hitchmead Special School

Langford Lower School

Robert Bloomfield Middle School


St. Clere’s School


Orwell High School

Deben High School


Upper Shirley High School


Lipson Community College


Wey Valley School, The

Wyvern Special School

Telford and Wrekin

The Sutherland School

Kingston Upon Hull

Andrew Marvell Business and Enterprise College


Campsmount Technology College


Nab Wood School


Reddish Vale Technology College


Bebington High Sports College

Blackburn with Darwen

Blakewater College


Lever Park School

Cheshire East

Alsager School

Alsager Highfields Primary School

Excalibur Primary School

Pikemere Primary School


Hathershaw College of Technology and Sport, The

Broadfield Primary School

It is for the Governing Body of a school—not the local authority—to determine whether or not to acquire a Trust, and to decide which partners it wishes to work with.

However, to access the support funding and advice and guidance on the technical processes around acquiring a trust, schools can submit an Expression of Interest to the Trust Schools Programme.

The Co-operative is also sponsoring academies in Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent that are due to open in September 2010.