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Interserve Academies Trust assumes sponsorship of the Crawshaw Academy

by Interserve press office | Sep 03, 2014

Interserve sponsors Crawshaw AcademyInterserve Academies Trust (, an independent not-for-profit charitable company supported by Interserve plc, the FTSE 250 listed Support Services company, has this week assumed sponsorship of Crawshaw Academy in Leeds, a mixed school for 12-18 year olds, offering places for up to 1,200 students.

As the new Academy sponsor, Interserve Academies Trust will have responsibility for running the school; shaping the curriculum, and delivering an excellent education for its students based on strong school improvement, sound leadership and governance, skilled management, and close links with local communities and employers.

Crawshaw School was placed into special measures in March this year following an OFSTED inspection having previously converted to a stand-alone academy in July 2012. Under the Trust’s management, the Academy will focus on developing an inclusive and innovative teaching environment, which will ensure a fulfilling educational environment for pupils, parents, teachers and the local community.

Another major focus will be to ensure that students are ‘work-ready’, by improving CV writing and interview skills - an increasingly important consideration for young people. The Academy is also keen to provide students with skills that can be used in the local community.

Interserve Academies Trust Chairman Bob Vince, said:

“We believe Crawshaw Academy has the potential to be one of the most sought-after schools in the area, and we are very excited about the journey we are about to embark on with the students, the teaching staff and the local community. Interserve is one of the biggest employers in the country and has particularly close ties with Leeds. We believe that with the support and guidance we can offer, the Academy can quickly turn itself around and develop highly skilled and engaging young people who are ready for the working environment.”

The Trust has been working with the Red Kite Alliance, a highly respected teaching school alliance comprising a number of high performing schools in Leeds and the surrounding area, to shape the educational provision at the Academy. The Trust’s directors also include two highly experienced and successful professionals from the education sector.  The partnership has been working closely with Crawshaw School since June to make early improvements in time for the new academic year, such as the strengthening of tuition in the English department, and upgrades to ICT hardware. This has also included the appointment of Mr. Adam Daly as the Interim Academy Principal supported by Mr. Neil Clephan, a National Leader of Education.

Adam Daly, Interim Academy Principal for Crawshaw Academy (pictured above) commented:

“We are already seeing the impact that Interserve and the Red Kite Alliance is having on the Academy. In the period leading up to the new school year, we are working closely together to shape the future of the school and to begin a new era for the local community. The Trust’s commitment to inclusivity can already be seen in the new Academy crest, which both students and teachers helped to design, and which encapsulates Crawshaw’s history and the vision of the Trust.” 

Interserve is a FTSE 250 listed company employing over 70,000 people in the UK and overseas. As a major employer with personnel working across a diverse range of professions, including construction, support services, security and consultancy, Interserve is committed to the development of greater skills and employability. Interserve has very strong links with the local community and local employers. Interserve Working Futures is based in Leeds and the company has completed many construction projects in the area, including a new HQ for West Yorkshire Police in 2014.


For further information please contact:

Interserve Press Office 0118 932 0123

Notes to Editors

Converter Academies are directly funded by the Department for Education and independent of direct control by the Local Authority. Academies are self-governing and all are constituted as non-profit charitable trusts. They may receive additional support from personal or corporate sponsors, either financially or in kind. They must meet the same National Curriculum core subject requirements as other state schools and are subject to inspection by Ofsted.

For more information on Academies, visit:

Following an inspection earlier this year the Crawshaw School was placed in the ‘Special Measures’ category by Ofsted. Interserve Academies Trust was approved by unanimous decision of the school governors as prospective sponsor and began work at the school on an interim basis, between June and September, to ensure the school is ready to welcome pupils for the new school year.

For more information about the Interserve Academies Trust visit

About Interserve

Interserve's vision is to redefine the future for people and places. We are one of the world's foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and front-line public services. Interserve is based in the UK and is listed in the FTSE 250 index. We have gross revenue of £3.1 billion and a workforce of over 75,000 people worldwide. 
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