The academy is funded directly by the Department for Education as a state-funded school. The Department for Education publish our Funding Agreement on their ‘Find and compare schools in England’ page.

The academy is a member of Co-op Academies Trust, a multi-academy trust which is sponsored by the Co-op. Through a ‘top-slice’ arrangement, the Trust provides many central services to its academies and has a number of responsibilities. Please visit the Trust’s website for the Memorandum and Articles of Association, Annual Reports, details of the trustees who make up the Trust Board, Annual audited reports and for information about the strategic aims and ethos of the Trust.

The Trust and its academies operate within an established Scheme of Delegation detailing those matters that are reserved for the Board and those delegated to Local Governing Bodies and Principals. This operates as follows:

  • decisions reserved for the Trust Board include providing strategic direction to the Trust, ensuring financial viability, establishing an Audit Committee and compliance with Department for Education requirements.
  • the local governors at each academy are responsible for the management of the business of the academy, including adopting an annual plan and budget, monitoring the academy by the use of targets and budgets and handling senior staff appointments.


How our governing body at Co-op Academy Manchester is organised:

The governing body consists of 6 to 15 members, of which between 2 to 5 governors are appointed by the sponsor. In addition, the local governing body includes 2 staff governors, 2 parent governors and the Principal. Up to two further governors can be drawn from formal partners and up to one from the local authority.

Our academy has three committees who meet in addition to general governing body meetings, which are:

  • Finance and General Purpose Committee
  • HR and Curriculum Committee
  • Community Engagement Committee