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Moorlands Learning Trust

Moorlands Learning Trust (MLT) was formed on July 1st 2017, when Ilkley Grammar School converted its single academy trust to multi-academy trust (MAT) status. 

Over time the trust intends to grow its membership to create a wide-ranging network of highly successful education providers across all sectors including secondary, primary, Post 16 and alternative settings.

The Trust's Vision

Moorlands Learning Trust will build on the success and reputation of Ilkley Grammar School (IGS).  It is intended that the MATís reputation will become synonymous with high quality educational experiences, where parents and the wider community are proud for their children to attend an MLT school or provider, secure in the knowledge that their child will succeed and achieve their personal best as a result.

The Moorlands Learning Trust vision is one where its students will be equipped with the confidence and skills to make a positive difference to their own lives and to the lives of others. Through Moorlands Learning Trust, schools will learn from and challenge each other. They will take opportunities to develop the range of provisions across the Trust, in order to enhance the achievement of all students in MLTand to enrich their lives and the opportunities they have - both now and in the future. 

MLT school partners will share the same moral purpose: they will play a key role in the wider development of our region and its future generations, by catering for students from all cohorts and demographic backgrounds, in order to ensure that individual context does not affect an MLT studentís life chances. This will be achieved by partners working strategically together, drawing on the support of others when required, to ensure that every student within their care, whether mainstream secondary, primary, post 16, specialist or alternative provision, and from whatever background and starting point, will receive an exceptional education. Studentsí future prospects will therefore be enhanced by their schoolís membership of the MAT and its wider partnerships, including those in already successful schools, with local communities strengthened by the involvement of the Trust.

MLT schools, leaders and trustees are aspirational for every student within the Trust and all are committed to sharing in the improvement journey by playing their part in achieving success and inspiring others to do so too. Fundamental to this is a core focus on enhancing our studentsí experiences and achievements through rigorous and systematic support and challenge of all schools within the MAT. Our robust school improvement and support strategy means that all within Moorlands Learning Trust will be able to continually improve and aim higher.

Our Schools

Ilkley Grammar School

Joining Moorlands Learning Trust

Any school or educational setting interested in finding out more about our learning trust or wanting to join should contact Helen Williams, CEO on 01943 608424 or email admin@moorlandslearningtrust.co.uk

The Members

The members are akin to the shareholders of the trust and act as the guardians of the governance of the trust. They monitor the work of the trust (including through reviewing its yearly audited accounts and annual report).

MLT Members

  • Lindsey Wharmby
  • Mike Brook
  • Sara Morrissey

The Trustees

The board of trustees is the accountable body of the trust, and is responsible for the conduct and standards of all the schools within it. The board must fulfil the following three core governance functions, as described in the Governance Handbook:

1 Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

2 Hold the executive to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils, and the performance management of staff.

3 Oversee the financial performance of the trust and make sure its money is well spent.

MLT Trustees

  • Jack Rickard
  • Angela Duggan
  • Helen Williams
  • Lindsey Wharmby
  • Imogen Clark

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The Academies Financial Handbook makes it clear that all academy trusts must have a senior executive leader, and that this should be a permanent role. This person should also be nominated as the trustís Ďaccounting officerí, a role which includes personal responsibility for the financial resources under the trustís control.


Helen Williams


Alison Kaye

Contacting Moorlands Learning Trust

Please contact the Clerk to the Board of Trustees and Members - Emma Arnold on 01943 608424 

Key Documents

pdf iconMLT Funding Agreement.pdf (3.6MB)

pdf iconMLT Articles of Association.pdf (330.9KB)

pdf iconMLT Register of Directors' Interests Year Ending August 2018.pdf (62.9KB)

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Ilkley Grammar School Academy Trust. The Academy Trust is a company
incorporated in England and Wales, limited by guarantee with registered company number 07663864
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