Join the Ascent Family

Are you thinking of finding a new home? – Join us!


The Government’s recent white paper has expressed an ambition for every school to be part of a strong Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). A MAT is a single legal entity to which all schools belong. We have shared Governance through a strong and ethical Board of Trustees who are ambitious for growth, but in a measured way with partners who share our values and a commitment to deep collaboration.

Rather than schools ask the question: ‘Should we become an academy? ‘

The question should be; ‘Where will my school be best placed to collaborate and thrive?

Ascent Academies’ Trust has been established for just over 10 years. We are a family of specialist schools that work collaboratively for the benefit of our young people. Our four schools span 3 local authorities in the North-East, and we provide education for children from 2-19 who have a range of complex and special needs. We have seen the great benefits of working together in deep and purposeful collaboration and how it impacts on the futures of our young people. We may be 4 schools, but we are a collective provision, who work together for the benefit of all of our children;

‘Our Trust, Our schools, our Children’.

Over the last 10 years we have developed services, systems and processes that enable our Head teachers and school leaders to focus on teaching and learning whilst our Corporate Services Team manage all aspects of Health and Safety, HR, IT, finance and estates across our Trust. Although our pupil led funding rightly goes to our schools, we are able to use economies of scale and withstand financial challenges through prioritizing needs together.

I have been CEO for the last 5 years and in this time, Trustees and Trust leaders have led our schools towards a level of shared practice that allows colleagues to work seamlessly across our schools and to have common practices and procedures that we all understand to be robust and effective. However, each of our schools has its own unique ethos, culture and feel. As an employer of approximately 400 colleagues, we are able to offer high quality CPD, varied career opportunities and opportunities to grow as a professional.

If you want to find out more about how we work, or talk with us about what your school might bring to our Trust, please contact;

Carolyn Morgan CEO

[email protected]