Children playing in the playground at Smallthorne Primary


Academies are publicly funded independent schools that are not managed by local authority control. They are run by an academy trust, which is a charitable company limited by guarantee.

Academies have the flexibility to innovate, continue to raise standards and help pupils achieve more. They offer more freedom to manage resources and make decisions that are more locally based to school needs. They also provide an opportunity to work in close partnership with likeminded schools to increase the opportunities of pupils.

The City Learning Trust is a not for profit charity set up in 2014 as a partnership of schools in a multi academy trust.  It is also a registered DfE sponsor.

Its members are a forward thinking group of schools who have converted or are in the process of converting to become academies that have decided to work together for the common good and to improve the education opportunities of the children in the communities they serve.

The City Learning Trust is governed by a group of highly qualified, local directors.