Sponsors announced for eight more Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) schools.

The Wakefield Express reports that the Government has announced that Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT) will take over six of the 21 schools that were offloaded by a crisis-hit Yorkshire academy chain.

But two more that were originally earmarked for OGAT will be run for another sponsor following feedback from staff and parents, according to the Department for Education (DfE).

Last month the DfE announced it had selected seven new trusts to take over 11 of the schools. And today it confirmed that Bell Lane Academy, The Freeston Academy, Havercroft Academy, Heath View Academy, Hemsworth Academy and Wakefield City Academy – will join OGAT as planned.

However, Kinsley Academy and West End Academy, which have been supported by OGAT in recent months, is set to be rebrokered to the Waterton Academy Trust, the first purely primary multi-academy trust in Wakefield

It follows feedback from staff and parents who said the chain would be “best suited” to take on the schools.

A further two-week period for views to be submitted will now take place, before a final decision is made. Martyn Oliver, CEO of OGAT said: We are committed to supporting these academies and engaging with parents and the communities to provide stability and long-lasting school Improvement, placing the needs of the children in these academies first.

Today’s update leaves sponsors for two WCAT schools to be confirmed – Balby Carr Community Academy and Mexborough Academy – with final decisions set to be announced in the coming weeks.

OGAT, which was established in 2009 from Outwood Grange College of Technology in Wakefield, is ranked in the top 10 highest performing multi-academy trusts in England in the Government’s performance tables.

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