The Priory Federation of Academies Trust

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The Priory Federation of Academies
Motto sic itur ad astra
'by the good deeds you do, you will be remembered in the stars for eternity'
Aeneid, Virgil
Predecessor The Priory LSST
Moorlands Infant School
Usher Junior School
Ancaster High School
Joseph Ruston Technology College
City of Lincoln Community College
Central Technology and Sports College
The Grantham Church High School
Cherry Willingham Community School
Belvoir High School
Ling Moor Primary School
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy.
Merged into 2008
Founder Richard Gilliland
Type Academy Trust
Headquarters Priory House
  • Cross O'Cliff Hill, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England LN5 8PW
Services Education
Membership (2018)
5929 students
Howard Gee
Ian Jones
The Priory Federation of Academies Board of Trustees
Revenue (2016/17)
Staff (2018)

The Priory Federation of Academies Trust is a non-profit charitable trust and the governing body for eight academy schools in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire, England. The schools are directly funded by the Department for Education and are independent of the local authority. The schools currently within the federation are The Priory Academy LSST- the lead academy of the federation,[2] The Priory Witham Academy, The Priory City of Lincoln Academy, The Priory Ruskin Academy [3], The Priory Pembroke Academy, The Priory Belvoir Academy, Ling Moor Primary Academy and Heighington Millfield Primary Academy.

The trust was formed in 2008 with the stated aims of "raising educational standards and improving the life chances of students in the Lincolnshire area."[4] The Federation is run by, and is accountable to, a board of trustees including the headteachers of all the schools, a Chairman and other individuals from relevant local and national organizations. The federation currently provides education for over 6000 students and employs around 1000 staff.[citation needed]

In 2012 the Education Funding Agency carried out an investigation into concerns about potential financial irregularities in the Trust. The report found that "The financial management of the Federation has not been of a standard necessary for an organisation of its current size. Regularity and transparency in the use of public funds has not been demonstrated".[5]

The Centre des Étoiles, Normandy

Opened in 2009, the Centre des Étoiles (translated from French as the 'Centre of Stars', taken from the Federation logo and motto) is an activity centre in Lower Normandy, France, owned by the Federation, close to the town of Bayeux.[citation needed] All schools within the federation sends new Year 7 pupils to the centre, and some schools also send older children.


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  3. ^ "Police investigate riding lessons and sex games at academies' expense". The Independent. London. 28 April 2012. p. 2. 
  4. ^ Whitelam, Paul (11 September 2014). "Former chief executive of Lincoln's Priory Federation of Academies Richard Gilliland denies six fraud charges". Lincolnshire Echo. Lincoln. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Investigation report: Priory Federation of Academies Trust". GOV.UK. Education Funding Agency. Retrieved 20 February 2018. 

External links

  • "The Priory Federation of Academies Trust". Official website. 

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