Interserve plans first academy sponsorship with Crawshaw School.

05 June 2014

Interserve Academies Trust, a new not-for-profit charitable organisation backed by Interserve plc, is the prospective new academy sponsor for Crawshaw School in Leeds, a mixed 12-19 Academy school, which became a stand-alone converter academy in July 2012.

Interserve plans first academy sponsorship with Crawshaw School.The Trust hopes to formally take control as sponsor at the beginning of the new school year in September, once the formal processes have been completed and final approval has been granted by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove.

Crawshaw School serves pupils in the Pudsey area of Leeds, with places for up to 1,200 children up to and including sixth-form entry. The school was recently put into special measures following an OFSTED inspection.

Interserve is a FTSE 250 listed company employing over 70,000 people in the UK and overseas. As a major employer with personnel working across a diverse range of professions, including construction, support services, security and consultancy, Interserve is committed to the development of skills and employability.

As part of its commitment to raise educational attainment, Interserve has forged a partnership with the Red Kite Alliance, which represents a number of high performing Teaching Schools in Leeds and the surrounding area. Red Kite will draw on its network of experts to help the Trust in the delivery of high quality education provision.

Interserve Academies Trust Chairman Bob Vince, said:

“Interserve has been involved in education for many years, particularly through the construction and maintenance of schools in Leeds and other parts of the UK. With our partner Red Kite, we now have an excellent team which is determined to significantly improve the life chances for schoolchildren in Leeds. Our focus will be on high education performance and establishing strong links with the world of employment.”

Notes to Editors

  • Converter Academies are directly funded by the Department for Education and independent of direct control by the Local Authority. Academies are self-governing and all are constituted as non-profit charitable trusts. They may receive additional support from personal or corporate sponsors, either financially or in kind. They must meet the same National Curriculum core subject requirements as other state schools and are subject to inspection by Ofsted. For more information on Academies, visit:
  • Following an inspection earlier this year the Crawshaw School was placed in the ‘Special Measures’ category by Ofsted. Interserve Academies Trust was approved by unanimous decision of the school governors as prospective sponsor and will begin work at the school on an interim basis, between June and September, to ensure the school is ready to welcome pupils for the new school year.
  • For more information about the Interserve Academies Trust visit

About Interserve

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