“A failing academy trust has asked to give up all of its 21 schools just a few days into the new term.
Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) said it had decided to make the request after concluding it could not undertake the “rapid improvement our academies need and our students deserve”.
Four of its schools across Yorkshire are rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted, while 11 out of the 14 primary academies, and six of the seven secondary schools are below the national average.
The Department for Education said it would work with the trust, which would continue to run the academies until a new sponsor could be found. …”