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About Us


Community First Academy Trust


At the Community First Academy Trust our vision is a simple one - we want to provide every child with the outstanding education they deserve.                                                                                   

And we believe we can do this best by working together, sharing resources and encouraging excellence as standard.

Based in Wigan Borough, we already have a track record for producing outstanding results. It is our intention to build on this success by becoming a family of high-performing academies with a shared vision and all working towards the same goal.

Academies have greater freedom to develop truly innovative learning techniques that help us to raise achievement.

We believe every school is unique. They have a personal history, serve distinct community and are full of shining individuals. We embrace the unique nature of our individual schools and encourage them to use this to develop innovative practice that we can all share.

By becoming a member of The Community First Academy Trust you will have access to exceptional facilities and resources that will help you develop outstanding learning environments.


Community First Academy Trust - Prospectus

To download a copy of our Trust Prospectus, please click here.


The Board of Directors of Community First Academy Trust


School Directors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They meet at least once a term and minutes of these meetings are available in school.

Directors are appointed by Members of the Trust in accordance with the Articles of Association


The Board of Directors


 Name  Director   Date of Appointment


 Date of Resignation

 (if within 12 months) 

 Mr Jack Pugh   Member Director - Chair  1st February 2013  
 Mr Neil Bailey   Member Director - Vice iChair  1st February 2013  
 Mrs Sue Darbyshire  CEO  1st February 2013  
 Mrs Michelle Frost  Trustee Director  1st February 2013  31st August 2016
 Cllr Carl Sweeney  Trustee Director  1st February 2013  
 Mr Mark Rowlands  Trustee Director  1st February 2013  
 Mrs Val Lewis  Member Director  14th February 2013  
 Mrs Debra Wood  Trustee Director  1st April 2015  
 Mr Peter Harmer  Trustee Director  1st April 2015  
 Mr David Sherrington  Trustee Director  1st February 2013  15th December 2016
 Mr Geoff Ashton   Co-opted Director  16th September 2015  
 Mrs Michelle Foster  Clerk  1st September 2016  


Directors with Specific Roles


 Name  Specific Role 
 Mr Jack Pugh  Vulnerable Children (including Safeguarding & iCLA)
 Mr Neil Bailey  Special Educational Needs & Disability
 Mrs Val Lewis  Pupil Premium & Data
 Mr Mark Rowlands  Health & Safety


Record of Attendance


 Name  29.06.16 16.03.16 16.12.15 19.09.15  26.06.15
 Mr Jack Pugh
 Mr Neil Bailey
 Mrs Sue Darbyshire
 Mrs Michelle Frost  ✓
 Cllr Carl Sweeney
 Mr Mark Rowlands
 Mrs Val Lewis
 Mrs Debra Wood
 Mr Peter Harmer
 Mr David Sherrington
 Mr Geoff Ashton