About Us

On 1 September 2019, Winifred Holtby joined The Consortium Academy Trust. The Consortium Academy Trust (TCAT) was formed in September 2017 by the coming together of Cottingham Academy Trust, The Hessle Community Academy Trust and Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College.

These three schools have a successful history of partnership working, having operated Consortium Sixth Form arrangements for over 25 years. The Trust seeks to build on these relationships to create a regional structure that will see like-minded schools working together effectively within a partnership based on mutual trust and shared values. Although we are a relatively new Trust, we have grown from the initial founding schools and have welcomed into our family Croxby Primary School in October 2017, Howden School in September 2018 and Holderness Academy and Sixth Form College in October 2018.

The Trust has been developed in order to provide a platform to deliver high quality educational experiences for the children and young people within our local community, to enhance and improve their life chances and enable them to make substantial and sustained contributions to society. We will achieve this by building a strong, regional offer that supports the educational aspirations of current and future generations while providing excellent career development opportunities for staff. We look forward to providing high quality support and governance to other local schools, both as a sponsor and for schools looking to convert to academy status wishing to join us.

Our vision is to be a trust:

  • that promotes academic excellence, where exciting opportunities allow students to excel in all that they do, and leave prepared to achieve all their ambitions

  • whose academies deliver the maximum potential for progress through inspirational teaching and  learning, and outstanding school to school support

  • with a leading community role, whose academies are the preferred choice for students, parents and staff

The Consortium Trust:

  • promotes excellence for all learners

  • actively encourages shared working, adopting common approaches where it is in the best interests of learners

  • establishes robust and transparent systems of accountability

IT Operates Through:

  • a governance model that provides robust scrutiny, challenge and strategic oversight

  • proven collective expertise and experience in all phases and types of education

  • a business model that ensures that our internal school improvement capacity will be rapidly developed within our academies

The Consortium Academy Trust Executive Leadership Group:

  • Dave McCready - Chief Executive Officer

  • Sarah Young - Director of Education

  • Clare Thorley - Director of Business

  • Jane Simpson - Director of HR

  • Katy Hind - Director of Finance

  • Patrick Morris - Head of Estates

  • David Brooke - Head of ICT

  • Claire Gordon - Marketing and Communications Manager

  • Gilly Stafford - Company Secretary and Data Protection Officer


The Consortium Academy Trust

Harland Way


East Riding of Yorkshire

HU16 5PX

01482 469838