|Successors||Philip Morant School and College joined The Sigma Trust|
|Founded||8 October 2011|
The Thrive Partnership was an academic trust which operated two academies in Colchester and Brightlingsea. The trust ceased in 2018. The academic trust operated the Philip Morant School and College and the Colne Community School and College.
The trust was founded on 10 October 2011. The trust's headquarters were at the Philip Morant School in Colchester. Both Philip Morant and Colne Community College became academies in 2011, in which the two schools decided to collaborate to create the academic trust.
On 23 March 2018 Nardeep Sharma, executive officer of the trust, was suspended along with Catherine Hutley, the executive principal of Philip Morant. From 29 March 2018, an investigation into the Trust Governance took place led by the Department for Education and was published in October 2019.
In 2019, the final investigation report was released by the HM Education & Funding Skills Agency. This included rewarding a contract for web design to a company with links to staff that the board approved.
Colchester is a historic market town and the largest settlement within the borough of Colchester in the county of Essex. Colchester was the first Roman-founded Colonia in Britain, and Colchester lays claim to be regarded as Britain's oldest recorded town. It was for a time the capital of Roman Britain, and is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network.
The Sixth Form College, Colchester is a sixth form college in Colchester, England. Established in 1987, it provides further education in the north Essex area.
Academy schools are state-funded schools in England which are directly funded by the Department for Education and independent of local authority control. The terms of the arrangements are set out in individual Academy Funding Agreements. Most academies are secondary schools. However, slightly more than 25% of primary schools, as well as some of the remaining first, middle and secondary schools, are also academies.
Philip Morant was an English clergyman, author and historian.
Philip Morant School and College is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status located within the Prettygate suburb of Colchester, Essex. The school is now named after Philip Morant, a local 18th-century historian and archaeologist, who was chosen as namesake a few months after its opening. In November 2011 the school became an academy and joined the Sigma Trust in 2018, moving from the then defunct Thrive Partnership, which it co-founded.
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United Learning is a group of academies and fee-paying independent schools operating in England. United Learning is the trading name for United Church Schools Trust (UCST) and United Learning Trust (ULT). It is one of the largest 10 charities with the most employees in the UK, with central offices in Peterborough, London and Salford. It is governed by a board of trustees and run by an executive team. In 2012, ULT and UCST rebranded to operate under one name, United Learning. They legally remain as two separate charities.
Coleridge Community College is a secondary academy school with 600 places for children aged 11–16, situated on Radegund Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. The school is a member of the Cambridge Academic Partnership along with Parkside Community College, Trumpington Community College, Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, and Parkside Sixth. It joined Parkside Community College to form the Parkside Federation in 2005, after having been placed in special measures in 2003. An Ofsted report in 2019 rated it as good. Cambridge Academic Partnership joined the United Learning group of schools as a unit in September 2019.
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The Colne Community School and College is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status located in Brightlingsea, Essex, England. The school is an inclusive, comprehensive provider that achieved academy status in 2011 and founded the Thrive Partnership along with the Philip Morant School and College. In 2018 the Thrive Partnership was dissolved and the Colne joined the Sigma Trust.
Rushden Academy is an Academy school in Rushden, Northamptonshire, which was founded in 1977. The school was formerly the Chichele College for Girls until 1991 when it was amalgamated to become The Rushden School, rebranding as the Rushden Community College in 2005 and as Rushden Academy in 2014. There were 784 students in Years 7 to 13 on roll in the 2018-2019 college year, including the Sixth Form which is shared with two other local schools.
Colchester Academy, formerly Sir Charles Lucas Arts College, is a secondary school in Colchester, Essex specialising in English and Health Sciences. It opened on 6 September 2010.
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Workington Academy is a mixed secondary school in Workington, Cumbria that was formed in September 2015 as a result of the merger of Southfield Technology College and Stainburn School and Science College.
Inspiration Trust is a multi-academy trust of academies and free schools in East Anglia, England. The trust was founded by Theodore Agnew, Baron Agnew of Oulton as the East Norfolk Academy Trust in 2012, changing its name to the Inspiration Trust in 2013. Although technically a limited company, as a multi-academy trust the company is an exempt charity, principally regulated by the Department for Education.
Strood Academy is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Strood in the English county of Kent.
Ian Comfort is a British educator and lawyer. He began his career as a maths teacher and youth worker. He progressed to become Director of Community Education for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and then Chief Education Officer for the City of London, where he became actively involved in the Government's Academy programme. He moved from the City in 2006 to become the Chief Operating Officer for Ark Schools a newly-created academy trust. In 2008, he was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the newly formed Edutrust, a Multi-academy Trust chaired by Lord Amir Bhatia, which was renamed as E-ACT in 2010.
Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) was a multi-academy trust (MAT) that managed 21 schools across West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, and East Yorkshire. As an academy trust, it was an exempt charity regulated by the Department for Education (DfE).
Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) or an academy chain is academy trust that operates more than one academy school. Academy schools are state-funded schools in England which are directly funded by the Department for Education and independent of local authority control. The terms of the arrangements are set out in individual Academy Funding Agreements. The group of schools in a multi-academy trust work together under a shared academy funding agreement. BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association states that in November 2019 there are 1,170 Multi Academy Trusts in England that manage at least two schools: 598 have five or fewer schools, 259 have 6-11 schools, 85 have between 12-25 schools and 29 have 26 or more schools.