0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

Forgotten your password?

Diocese of Nottingham establishes country's first Catholic multi academy trust

26 September 2011

Four Catholic schools in Nottingham have successfully converted into academies as part of a unique multi academy trust.

Lawyers at Browne Jacobson have been working closely with the Bishop, the Director of Education, the trustees of the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham and the four schools for a number of months on the legal aspects of setting up the countrys first Catholic school multi academy trust and assisting the schools complete the transformation to academy status.

The four Catholic Voluntary Academies include The Becket Catholic School, Blessed Robert Widmerpool Catholic Primary School, Our Lady and St Edward Catholic Primary School and St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School. Located in East and South Nottingham, the four schools have a combined pupil population exceeding 1900.

A multi-academy trust is a model for grouping schools which will enable the schools to share skills and resources more effectively, make better use of budgets, enhance pupils education through joint school projects and allow greater flexibility in curriculum design.

Gail Neill, Director of Education at the Diocese of Nottingham Education Service, commented:

"The trustees looked at a number of options before deciding upon the multi academy trust model for our schools in Nottingham. Congratulations to the four schools for being at the forefront of such an innovative initiative. We would also like to thank Browne Jacobson for their support and expertise in helping us to establish the countrys first Catholic multi academy trust."

Browne Jacobson is one of the leading law firms in the country in terms of the number of academy conversion instructions. Since the implementation of the Academies Act 2010, the firm has been instructed upon more than 200 academy conversion projects nationally.

Mark Blois, Head of the Academies Team at Browne Jacobson, added:

"By establishing the countrys first multi-academy trust for Catholic schools the Diocese of Nottingham is leading the way. It is a model that Dioceses up and down the country will be watching closely. We are delighted to have helped the four schools fulfil their ambitions for greater financial freedom and decision-making autonomy whilst maintaining their distinctive Catholic ethos and remaining an integral part of the wider Catholic family."


25 June 2021

Browne Jacobson appointed to prestigious London Universities Purchasing Consortium legal panel

Browne Jacobson has been appointed to the London Universities Purchasing Consortium’s (LUPC) national legal services framework agreement. Browne Jacobson was one of only two firms amongst the 17 firms appointed this year to provide legal support across three specialist areas – commercial services, dispute resolution and human resources.

Read more

1 June 2021

Browne Jacobson takes part in National Literacy Trust event to inspire 200 students from Nottingham

Browne Jacobson’s partnership with the National Literacy Trust, Suki Tonks, real estate partner, has taken part in a high-profile Women in Leadership panel discussion attended by 200 students from schools across Nottingham.

Read more

Lakhbir Rakar

Lakhbir Rakar

PR Manager