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Great Academies Education Trust

Inspiring Greatness


Welcome to Great Academies Education Trust.


Great Academies Education Trust is a small multi-academy trust which spans the Greater Manchester boroughs of Tameside and Rochdale. We currently oversee three 11-16 secondary schools and a two-form entry primary school, and are ambitious to grow.


When the MAT was established in 2012 by New Charter Housing Group, it was a unique opportunity for a not-for-profit housing association to become an academy sponsor. In 2018 New Charter Housing Group merged to form Jigsaw Housing Group which has meant that Great Academies Education Trust is no longer a sponsored MAT, although we remain a partner with Jigsaw Housing, where our MAT central team are based.


In 2012 Ian Munro, NCHG CEO, believed in his vision:


‘Great Homes, Great Neighbourhoods and Great People’, but he also knew that children and young people should have outstanding schools to increase opportunities and achievement in order to further that vision.


New Charter invested over £3.5m into an endowment for education to support curriculum enrichment in sport and culture as well as enhancing direct academic provision. For example, all our high schools are hubs for the Manchester United Foundation giving our students opportunities and access in football not open to all. Our oldest students get the opportunity annually to visit Auschwitz and reflect on the Holocaust and our youngest children join the Halle orchestra every week. Our endowment enables us to enrich the lives of our children and young people and we will make the most of it.


We are on the journey to outstanding and strongly believe that our academies provide high quality learning opportunities for our children and young people with robust links to their local communities.



Brendan Loughran

Chief Executive Officer

Great Academies Education Trust

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