South Pennine Academies is an exempt charity and a not for profit organisation. The Trust operates as a multi academy trust and in that respect is the employer across all the academies in the partnership. A multi Academy trust is simply a number of academies who agree to work together within an overarching trust body with a remit to co-ordinate matters of common interest referred collectively by the Governing Bodies.
South Pennine Academies has been developed to allow Moor End Academy to work formally in partnership with other academies, pre-schools and other organisations.
South Pennine Academies is also recognised by the DfE as an Academy Sponsor. Sponsors are held accountable for improving the performance of their schools and this involves taking responsibility for their performance and financial arrangements.
The trust is led by Jane Acklam OBE who is the Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer for the trust. She has a strong track record in school improvement supporting schools across a number of local authorities. She is a National Leader of Education.
The Trust also operates Huddersfield Horizon SCITT, taking an increasing number of trainees. This is based in Beaumont Primary Academy.