The Link Academies Collaborative Trust

The Link Academies Collaborative Trust is dedicated to ensuring that all pupils at the schools within the trust receive the highest quality education, allowing them to achieve their full potential and be fully prepared for their next stage of academic learning.

In November 2013, Shaw Ridge Primary School became an academy, as part of an Umbrella Trust with three of our local primary schools – Millbrook Primary School, Peatmoor Primary School and Westlea Primary School.

Essentially, academy status provides a level of independence from local authority control. More responsibility rests with the school to control expenditure, how it is organised and the format of the education that it offers.

The Umbrella Trust model enables our schools to share expertise, resources and services more effectively and to provide an improved educational offering and support to all our pupils. It strengthens the capacity of all the schools to consistently improve educational standards.  Under our umbrella model, each school maintains its own autonomy and unique character but the schools collaborate closely on key areas for improving all aspects of our school.

An umbrella trust is a single company formed by key people from the schools involved.  The umbrella trust has a relationship with each school but it does not have direct management of the schools. Each school has its own academy trust, and each individual academy trust has its own funding agreement with the Secretary of State. 

LACT Articles of Association