Public meeting over the collapse of Wakefield City Academies Trust

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Answers will be demanded over the collapse of an academy trust which runs 21 schools at a public meeting tomorrow. (Sept 29)

The demise of Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) will be discussed at the event, organised by union leaders and Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett.

Parents and school staff are invited to the meeting at Hemsworth Community Centre on Bullenshaw Road following the shock news that WCAT would pull out of running its entire chain of academies.

Questions have been raised over the financial management of WCAT after the announcement was made just days into the new school term.

Mr Trickett said there was not enough oversight of academy schools which are outside local authority control.

He said: “There appears to be no accountability to the community and understandably people feel like they have no control over local education provision. The meeting will be held at 7pm.