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Champion Education Trust is a Multi Academy Trust founded by Blackburn Central High School and Crosshill Special School.

This trust will champion the disadvantaged and vulnerable, help to break down barriers, and allow students to reach their full potential. Champion Education Trust want all students to defy expectations, remain undefeated, and leave education as an outstanding person.

Champion will provide a first-class education through partnership and innovation; this includes world class teaching, unique in school therapy solutions, inspiring environments and an innovative curriculum. All students will achieve highly and go beyond what others thought possible, regardless of background, need or prior attainment, in a culture of high expectations and support.


We will:

  • Rapidly become established as a small, dynamic Trust which is capable of building on its success, extending its influence and making a regional contribution within Blackburn, Blackpool and Lancashire.

  • Establish academies that are centres of excellence for leadership, teaching, learning, collaboration and give all students a curriculum that is balanced, broadly based and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

  • Become a flagship and centre of learning for other academies and schools in the region.

  • Transform opportunities and change life chances of children and young people, who live in challenging times as well as challenging areas.

  • Work in partnership with schools across the Trust, accessing the support they need to set themselves up for success within an established system, which in turn is responsive to the needs and performance of each academy.

  • Develop expertise to improve the provision and outcomes for SEND children.

  • Share staff and facilities across the Trust, where appropriate. This will provide greater opportunities for students to be able to choose from a wider range of subjects and consequently thrive.

  • Provide access for students to recognised, high quality vocational qualifications in collaboration with local business providers and local councils in order to enhance employment and progression opportunities.

  • Offer a range of extra-curricular activities that will encourage students to acquire a range of skills not directly related to their educational attainment.

  • Facilitate through collaboration and openness, the sharing of effective practice across a group of schools so that improvements can be rapidly made.

  • Produce effective means of leadership development at all levels.

  • Centralise administrative, finance and HR functions where appropriate.