The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust

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The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust
The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust logo.svg
North West Leeds, Ilkley and North Yorkshire

District information
TypeAcademy Trust
MottoMotto: Veritas et Caritas (Latin for In Truth and Love)
Established1 March 2013 (1 March 2013)
SchoolsPrimary 9
Secondary 1
Budget£15 million
Students and staff
Colours     Green      Red
Other information
ChairMrs C Hyde, Chair of the Academy Trust Board

The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust is a group of ten schools[1] in the North West Leeds area that converted to Academies since 2013.[2] The trust is named after the William Wheeler, the seventh Roman Catholic Bishop of Leeds from 1966 until 1985.

Member schools[edit]

The Bishop Wheeler Academy Trust has ten member schools:

School name School type Date joined
St. Mary's Menston [3] Secondary 1 March 2013
St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School Otley Primary 1 March 2013
St. Mary's Horsforth Catholic Voluntary Academy [4] Primary 1 March 2013
St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School Pudsey[5] Primary 1 March 2013
Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School (Yeadon) Primary 1 April 2013
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Ilkley[6] Primary 1 April 2013
St Mary's Catholic Primary School Knaresborough [7] Primary 1 July 2015
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Harrogate Primary 1 July 2015
Holy Name Catholic Voluntary Academy Cookridge Primary 1 August 2015
St. Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery Skipton[8] Primary 1 August 2015

The proposals by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds state there are 8 other schools that could join the trust.[9]


In March 2012, plans were announced for Catholic schools across the Leeds Diocese to investigate teaming up to form trust academies that would no longer be under local authority control.[10] The Governing Bodies of St. Mary's Menston and four other schools considered a proposal of converting to Academy status in 2013 and forming together a Multi-Academy Trust.[11] A consultation period occurred between September and October 2012.[12] The academy conversion took place on 1 March 2013.[13][14][15] The logo of the trust is Bishop Wheeler's Episcopal Coat of Arms.[16] The first Chair of the Academy Trust Board is Caroline Hyde.[17]


  1. ^ "Schools join under new Catholic academy trust". 7 March 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  2. ^ McIntyre, Annette (11 March 2013). "Wharfedale Catholic schools unite in Academy Trust". Wharfedale Observer. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  3. ^ "The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust Supplemental Agreement". Department for Education. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  4. ^ "St. Mary's Horsforth Contact Us page". 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  5. ^ "St. Joseph's Pudsey website". 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Academies annual report: academic year 2013 to 2014". 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  7. ^ "St. Mary's Knaresborough Contact Us page". 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  8. ^ "St Stephen's to join academy trust". 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  9. ^ - Trust Information
  10. ^ Jack, Jim (6 April 2012). "Councillor demands consultation on Catholic 'super academy' plan for Leeds". Ilkley Gazette. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  11. ^ - Letter to Parents 12 November 2012 Archived 4 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Introduction to the Catholic Multi Academy Trust plans". 9 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ McIntyre, Annette (5 March 2013). "Five Catholic primaries and one secondary school leave council control". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  14. ^ Edubase - St. Mary's Catholic Comprehensive School
  15. ^ Edubase - St. Mary's Menston, A Catholic Voluntary Academy
  16. ^ Wheeler, Gordon (1990). In Truth and Love. Gowland. p. 90. ISBN 1872480098.
  17. ^ Fiona Evans (31 January 2014). "Exclusive: Catholics blast bus 'tax' on religious schools". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 1 February 2014.

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