Our Values

Our academies share the same GREAT values:

Genuine:
We will be open and honest with each other in a climate of mutual trust, to ensure that we always do our best for the children in our academies. We will keep parents and carers informed about the progress of their child and will publish our results and progress.

Respect:
We value the diversity of our school communities and welcome all children to our academies. We expect the highest standards of behaviour from our children both inside and outside of school.

Excellence:
We strive for excellence and are intolerant of mediocrity. We want every child to benefit from excellent teaching. We will provide professional development for teaching and non-teaching staff to ensure we achieve the highest standards.

Achievement:
We have high aspirations for our children. We want every young person to achieve their potential at each stage of their educational journey and go on to their chosen career.

Together:
We believe that we can make the biggest difference when we work collaboratively across our academies to support each other. We forge strong local partnerships with other education providers and external partners to achieve the maximum benefit for our pupils.

Our Values

Our Support

What Support does Great Academies Education Trust provide?

The Trust provides efficient and effective business support to allow the academy leadership teams to concentrate on education.

To view our Inspiring Greatness brochure click here;

GAET Brochure

Our Support Word Cloud

How We're Organised

School improvement is at the heart of the Trust. Our structure allows Principals, Business Leaders and Parents to become critical friends. We hold an annual Trust Conference where all of our Governors meet to discuss our performance and plan new goals.

Great Academies have overall accountability with each Academy retaining a local governing body.

Scheme of Delegation

Our Finance

Financial planning and monitoring are key to providing the resources for our success. With a dedicated Finance Director, we ensure 100% compliance as well as empowering academies to provide outstanding education and facilities.



Please click the following link to view the Value For Money Statement.
Year ending 31 August 2014.

Please click here to view the Articles of Association of Great Academies Education Trust

Please click here to view the Great Academies Education Trust Master Funding Agreement

Ian Munro

Chair of Great Academies Education Trust

Email: Ian.Munro@newcharter.co.uk

Our Register of business and pecuniary interests can  be found here

Our Structure Chart can be found here

Our Governance Arrangements can be found here

Our Master Funding Agreement can be found here 2016 09 01 MFA

Ian has worked in Environmental Health and Housing for over forty years. Originally from the North East he has worked in Cheshire, London and South Wales, developing a passion for Urban Renewal and ensuring partnership working with agencies, Government and communities.

He moved to Tameside in Greater Manchester in 1991 and became Director of Housing in 1992. He supervised the implementation of one of the country’s first, and most successful, Renewal Areas levering in over £70M in private sector investment into one of the Borough’s townships.

He led the transfer of Tameside’s housing stock to New Charter Housing Trust Group in March 2000. This was the first Metropolitan transfer and at the time the biggest and first to a new group structure. The Group has just completed its 10 year £300M investment programme. Aksa Housing Association, providing homes and services for Black and Ethnic minority customers in Greater Manchester, joined the Group in 2005.

November 2008 saw the transfer of 3,500 homes from Gedling BC in Nottinghamshire to form Gedling Homes and a new subsidiary for the Group. The Group now owns 19,500 homes.

He has re-engineered the Group to reflect system thinking to provide additional resource for neighbourhoods and capacity building. The Group now has one of the highest satisfaction ratings from its customers in the UK. He credits the introduction of coaching at all levels in the Company as one of the keys to the Group’s transformation.

Threshold Housing Project, a major homelessness charity, joined the Group in April 2012.

Ian was awarded the OBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List for Service to Housing.

Admissions

The Great Academies Education Trust (‘the Academy Trust’) is the Admission Authority for the following Academies:

  • Great Academy Ashton (formally New Charter Academy) (Secondary)
  • Copley Academy (Secondary)
  • Silver Springs Academy (Nursery & Primary)
  • Middleton Technology School (Secondary)

As the Admission Authority, the Academy Trust is responsible for determining the admission arrangements for each Academy for each academic year in line with the Schools Admissions Code published by the Department for Education.

The Academy Trust participates in the co-ordinated admission arrangements operated by the Local Authority (Tameside MBC) and Rochdale Borough Council, and the local Fair Access Protocol.

In addition the Academy Trust is responsible for ensuring that parents and children have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of the Academy Trust. The Independent Appeal Panel will be independent of the Academy Trust and the arrangements for convening such a panel shall be in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code published by the Department for Education.

Please click on the following links to view the admission arrangements for each of our academies.

Admissions 2016-17
Admissions 2017-18
Admissions 2018-19

Admissions 2016-17

The Great Academies Education Trust, as the Admission Authority, has now determined the admission arrangements for its Academies for the academic year 2016/17. Copies of the admission arrangements for each Academy can be downloaded here:

Copley – Admissions Policy 2016-2017

NCA Admissions policy 2016-17v1

Silver Springs – Admissions Policy 2016-2017

Alternatively you can contact the Academies directly for a hard copy:

New Charter Academy – 0161 241 9555
Copley Academy – 0161 338 6684
Silver Springs Academy – 0161 338 2475

Please note that objections to the admission arrangements may be made to the Schools Adjudicator (an independent government official). Objections must be submitted to: The Office of Schools Adjudicator , Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington, DL3 9BG, and they must be received by 30 June.

The Published Admission Numbers (PAN) for each Academy are:

New Charter Academy – 270 students per year group (up to Year 11)
Copley Academy – 150 students per year group (up to Year 11) subject to secretary of state approval
Silver Springs Academy – 60 students per year group (Reception up to Year 6); 52 part time (Nursery)

Admissions 2017-18

The Great Academies Education Trust, as the Admission Authority, has now determined the admission arrangements for its Academies for the academic year 2017/18. Copies of the admission arrangements for each Academy can be downloaded here:

Copley – Admissions Policy 2017-2018

NCA Admissions policy 2017-18

Silver Springs – Admissions Policy 2017-2018

Silver Springs Nursery Admissions Policy 2017.18

MTS admission policy 17 18

Alternatively you can contact the Academies directly for a hard copy:

New Charter Academy – 0161 241 9555
Copley Academy – 0161 338 6684
Silver Springs Academy – 0161 338 2475

Middleton Technology School – 0161 643 5116

Please note that objections to the admission arrangements may be made to the Schools Adjudicator (an independent government official). Objections must be submitted to: The Office of Schools Adjudicator , Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington, DL3 0JA, and they must be received by 30 June.

The Published Admission Numbers (PAN) for each Academy are:

New Charter Academy – 270 students per year group (up to Year 11)
Copley Academy – 150 students per year group (up to Year 11) subject to secretary of state approval
Silver Springs Academy – 60 students per year group (Reception up to Year 6); 52 part time (Nursery)

Admissions 2018-19

The Great Academies Education Trust, as the Admission Authority, has now determined the admission arrangements for its Academies for the academic year 2018/19. Copies of the admission arrangements for each Academy can be downloaded here:

Copley – Admissions Policy 2018-2019

NCA Admissions policy 2018-19

Silver Springs – Admissions Policy 2018-2019

Silver Springs Nursery Admissions Policy 2018.19

Middleton Technology School Admissions Policy 2018 19

Alternatively you can contact the Academies directly for a hard copy:

New Charter Academy – 0161 241 9555
Copley Academy – 0161 338 6684
Silver Springs Academy – 0161 338 2475

Middleton Technology School – 0161 643 5116

Please note that objections to the admission arrangements may be made to the Schools Adjudicator (an independent government official). Objections must be submitted to: The Office of Schools Adjudicator , Mowden Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington, DL3 0JA, and they must be received by 30 June.

The Published Admission Numbers (PAN) for each Academy are:

New Charter Academy – 270 students per year group (up to Year 11)
Copley Academy – 150 students per year group (up to Year 11) 
Silver Springs Academy – 60 students per year group (Reception up to Year 6); 52 part time (Nursery)