CORE Education Trust recognised in national governance awards

Pictured are (from left) CORE Education Trust CEO Adrian Packer CBE, Kris Griffin, Jo Tyler, Dr Steve Ball, of Birmingham REP, Ammo Talwar MBE, Chair of Board of Trustees at CORE Education Trust, Cathy O’Driscoll and Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System.

CORE Education Trust is celebrating after making it to the finals of a prestigious national awards ceremony.

The Trust was announced runner-up in the National Governance Association’s biennial Outstanding Governance Awards at a special ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, September 5.

The awards were presented by Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, who sees governors and trustees as the “unsung heroes of the education system”.

CORE Education Trust had been shortlisted in the category Outstanding governance in a multi academy trust or federation in recognition of its work for “successfully overcoming challenging circumstances” and “leading change that had an impact on a school”.

Awards judges heard how since its founding in 2015 CORE Education Trust had “overseen complete reformation of governance as well as the leadership within each school in the Trust”.

Crucially, “trustees have ensured that schools rated as in special measures are now good”. The judges added: “What shone out was the commitment of CORE’s trustees to ensure their students had access to the widest possible opportunities while retaining pride and roots in their local communities.”

Attending the ceremony on behalf of the Trust was Chief Executive Adrian Packer. He said: “Making it to the finals of the Outstanding Governance Awards is a huge honour and a real tribute to the dedicated team at CORE. To be recognised in this way only two years after we were founded is truly inspiring and is a wonderful acknowledgement of what we are trying to do as an education trust, and that is to give young people the best possible start in life.”

The Oustanding Governance Awards celebrate the unique and inspiring contribution that school governors, trustees and clerks make every single day in schools around the country.

Organised by the National Governance Association, the ceremony takes place every other year. After an initial evaluation of all entries, those shortlisted meet NGA judges to explore their application in more detail.