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Academies and Trusts

In January 2009 the University agreed to become lead sponsor for two academies in the local region.

The original academy agenda fits well with our strategic objectives of:

  • raising aspiration
  • widening participation
  • supporting our local communities
  • working with post-16 college partners

Our work with academies and trusts has provided opportunities to deepen existing partnerships with colleges in Stockton and Redcar. New partnerships have also been formed with local authorities, other local academies and secondary schools, and their feed primaries.

Freebrough Academy in Redcar & Cleveland and Thornaby Academy in Stockton-on-Tees opened as academies on 1 September 2010. Both achieved their best ever results in 2011 and have continued to improve outcomes for students year on year.

The University maintains its commitment to the academies through governance, service support, CPD for staff and engagement opportunities for students.

The University is also an active partner in several local School-led trusts.