Trust – Land and Assets, Clusters

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Land and Assets
 Can the school’s land and assets be sold if the school becomes a trust?
The Land and Assets are held in trust and cannot be sold without permission of the LA and/or the Secretary of State. If the Land and Assets are sold the proceeds can only be used for the purposes of the trust – ie to promote education and for no other purpose.

Clusters
 What is a cluster?

A trust can be formed for a number of schools working together, which has the potential to be very powerful – often one or more high schools plus partner primaries. Over the past year, it has been more and more common to be approached by clusters of schools hoping to become Trusts. One benefit is resourcing can be used a lot more efficiently – a cluster of schools has increased purchasing power, for example.