Local schools trust shortlisted for three national awards

Wellspring Academy Trust, which operates two schools in South Leeds, has been shortlisted for three prestigious awards at the inaugural Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) Excellence Awards.

These new awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement in education in England.  Wellspring has been recognised for its work in three categories; MAT of the Year, Executive Team of the Year and CEO of the Year.

The MAT Excellence Awards showcase the best and brightest in the education sector. The awards are judged by a panel of education experts. The awards ceremony and gala dinner will take place next month on 29 June 2023, at The Tower Hotel, London.

The Trust currently operates twenty-nine Primary, Secondary, Special and Alternative Provision schools in Yorkshire and Greater Lincolnshire. These includ Elements Primary School in Middleton and Springwell Leeds Academy South in Belle Isle which works with young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

Highlights from the past year include eight Ofsted Good and Outstanding school judgements, an £80m school building programme that will deliver three new schools and four complete school rebuilds and series of groundbreaking collaborations with professional artists. The Trust has also been shortlisted for Executive Team of the Year Award, which celebrates the work of senior leadership teams, and the Trust’s CEO, Mark Wilson, has been shortlisted for the CEO of the Year award.

Commenting on the news, Mark said:

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for three awards. This recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and commitment of everyone at Wellspring. We are proud of what we believe is an inclusive and supportive environment that enables our pupils to thrive, our workforce to progress and our communities to flourish. We will continue to work tirelessly to provide the very best that we possibly can.”

This post is based on a press release issued by Wellspring Academy Trust

Photo: Wellspring’s executive team (l-r) Dave Whitaker, Mark Wilson, Natalie Hardman, Josh Greaves and Mark Wood

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