Academies trust ‘better’

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UNITED Learning Trust, the charity which runs two Sheffield academies Park and Springs, has been given the go ahead to set up a series of new schools.

ULT was banned from expanding its network any further in 2009 after inspectors heavily criticised the Sheffield schools.

Park was found to be failing while Springs was judged ‘inadequate’ - ratings which have since been reversed.

But restrictions on ULT have been removed after new figures showed it was in charge of three of the four most improved academies in the country in 2009-10 - including Barnsley Academy, which was top of the table.

None of the new schools will be in the South Yorkshire area.