See below a list of frequently asked questions. If you have a question not listed below, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Q: Isn’t Interserve a construction company? What does it know about running schools?
Interserve has its roots in the construction industry but these days operates across a very wide range of sectors including front line services.
As a successful business the company has strength in management, governance and partnerships. The Interserve Academies Trust has brought in some very strong education expertise to manage the Trust and together with its partner, the Red Kite Alliance is very well positioned to sponsor successful academies.
Q: Will you be making a profit from running academies?
The Trust is a not-for-profit charity.
Q: Will Interserve’s Academies still be subject to regular inspections by OFSTED?
Any of the academies that become sponsored by Interserve will continue to be inspected by OFSTED. Our Crawshaw Academy in Leeds is now rated as “Good” by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) following an inspection in November 2015 after shedding its “Special Measures” status in just 18 months. Interserve Academies Trust (IAT), assumed sponsorship of the school only last September, forming a partnership with the Red Kite Alliance, a group of schools and institutions which share their skills and experience to help improve schools across Yorkshire and the Humber.
Ofsted said the support provided by IAT and Red Kite Alliance had enabled the school to tackle the weaknesses found at the last inspection, which led to the school being placed in ‘Special Measures’ in March 2014.
As Academy sponsor, IAT is responsible for running the school; shaping the curriculum, and delivering education for students based on strong school improvement, sound leadership and governance, skilled management, and close links with local communities and employers.
Q: What plans does the Interserve Academies Trust have to sponsor other Academies in the area?
The Department for Education has asked us to start our operations in Leeds and to build a cluster of schools in the area. The Trust intends to take on the sponsorship of two further Academies next year.
Q: How long will Crawshaw be sponsored by the Interserve Academies Trust?
Academy sponsors normally have a fixed term of 125 years although there can be exceptional circumstances which arise that lead to a change in the sponsor.