The Academies Programme - Public Accounts Committee Contents

Written Evidence from the Department for Education


Question 136-140 (Austin Mitchell): A list of financial contributions promised by sponsors for all academies, and what has been delivered to date.

The attached schedule sets out, for the 32 academies where there are contributions still to be made in relation to capital sponsorship, details of the pledged amounts and actual contributions. We have also included, for information, those projects that have fully paid their pledged contributions.

The schedule also sets out, for 55 academies concerning endowment funds sponsorship, details of the pledged amounts and actual contributions.

Capital sponsorship

It should be noted that the Department records evidence of a capital contribution through receipt of invoices, forwarded by Academy Trusts, for agreed capital work on individual projects. These costs are recorded as being met by the sponsor and are offset against the agreed sponsorship pledge.

The Department is therefore recording evidence of capital contributions used to cover capital costs submitted by the Trusts. We believe there may be instances where the sponsor has provided the full sponsorship but the Trust has not yet used it to cover build costs.

It also needs to be recognised that not all the outstanding capital sponsorship contributions are scheduled to be received at the current time. This may apply to projects where build is still in progress, although in most cases contributions are expected to be paid by the time of building completion. When there is less than 10% of the Department's contribution remaining we would, unless other agreements are in place, ask the Trust to cover capital costs from the sponsor's contribution.

In some cases payment of sponsorship was agreed over a longer period, in which case the Department entered into a 'side agreement' with the Academy Trust meaning the Department agree to pay capital contributions on the Trust's behalf but would subsequently be entitled to recover those costs by reducing the academy's General Annual Grant (GAG) over a specified timescale.

Endowment sponsorship

Endowment pledges should be considered in the light of the profile of the payment. Sponsorship is generally provided over several years under a Deed of Gift and therefore not all of the outstanding endowment sponsorship contributions are scheduled to be received at the present time. Payments are made against an indicative annual profile and there is some flexibility (the Department could consider a reasonable request for the deferral of a sponsorship contribution) in the process which can allow payments to be deferred.

The return is based on data provided by academies and has not been audited. YPLA will only be able to confirm the actual contributions that academies have received when it receives academies' audited annual accounts for the year ended 31 August 2010. Those accounts are not due to be submitted to YPLA until 31 December.

We have been unable to determine the position at Oasis Bristol Hengrove Academy and Oasis Media City UK Salford Academy (Both sponsored by Oasis), Pimlico Academy (sponsored by Future) and Trent Valley Academy (sponsored by E-ACT).

Reasonable Endeavours and deferrals

Some contributions from sponsors are subject to "reasonable endeavours" which requires something to be done - something of substance and real by way of an effort to find and locate donations and to donate (having regard to the then financial circumstances of the donor) - but how extensive those attempts need to be will depend on a variety of matters.

It should also be noted that Ministers have agreed to defer some contributions, following representations by sponsors.


AcademySponsor Total Pledge (£)Contributions to date (£)
Barnsley AcademyULT 1,500,00027,025
Bede AcademyOriginal sponsor was Emmanuel Schools Foundation but is now ULT 1,500,000210,000
Bradford Cathedral Academy Diocese of Bradford 500,000500,000
Brooke Weston Academy Brooke Weston CTC Trust 468,055468,055
Capital City Academy, Brent Sir Frank Lowe2,000,000 2,000,000
Chelsea Science Academy (The) London Diocesan Board / Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea 6,400,0005,678,539
City Academy Bristol John Laycock2,499,000 1,753,323
Darwen Aldridge Academy The Aldridge Foundation 2,000,0001,500,000
David Young Academy Church of England1,500,000 1,500,000
Greig City Academy Greig Trust2,000,000 2,000,000
Harefield AcademyDavid Mellor 1,500,000902,400
Harris Academy Bermondsey Harris Federation of South London Schools Trust 1,500,000493,212
Harris Academy Crystal Palace Harris Federation of South London Schools Trust 1,000,0000
Harris Academy South Norwood Harris Federation of South London Schools Trust 2,000,000250,000
Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich Harris Federation of South London Schools Trust 1,000,0000
Harris Girls Academy East Dulwich Harris Federation of South London Schools Trust 500,0000
Harris Merton Academy Harris Federation of South London Schools Trust 500,0000
Hereford Steiner Academy Steiner School Fellowship 917,523509,735
JCB AcademyJCB 1,750,0002,837,056
John Cabot Academy John Cabot CTC378,065 377,000
Kingshurst Academy Kingshurst CTC Company 1,200,0001,000,000
London Academy, Barnet Peter Shalson1,500,000 1,500,000
Madeley AcademyThomas Telford School 2,100,0002,100,000
Mossbourne Academy Sir Clive Bourne2,150,000 2,150,000
OASIS Academy EnfieldOASIS 2,000,000308,000
OASIS Academy ImminghamOASIS 2,000,0000
OASIS Academy WintringhamOASIS 2,000,0000
Paddington AcademyULT 1,500,000642,856
Q3 AcademyEric Payne 2,000,0002,000,000
Salford AcademyULT1,600,000 214,286
Samworth Enterprise AcademySamworth Brothers / Leicester Diocesan Board for Education / Leicester CC 2,443,0002,059,000
St Francis of Assisi AcademyArchdiocese of Liverpool 2,000,0001,404,000
St Mark's Academy, MertonCfBT / Southwark Diocese 533,000150,000
St Mary Magdalene AcademyLondon Diocese Board for Schools 2,000,0001,998,918
St Paul's Academy, GreenwichRC Diocese of Southwark 2,000,0001,000,000
Stockley AcademyBarry Townsley 1,500,0001,500,000
Stockport AcademyULT 1,500,000201,648
Swindon AcademyULT1,500,000 900,000
Unity Academy, MiddlesbroughAmey 2,000,0002,000,000
Walthamstow AcademyULT 1,500,00027,025
William Hulme AcademyULT 950,0000
Wren AcademyLondon Diocesan Board for Schools 1,500,000500,000
MacmillanMacmillan Academy Trust 1,250,000 550,000
Hammersmith & Fulham Mercers Company. Worshipful Company of Information Technologists 1,000,000 0
ManchesterULT2,000,000 2,000,000
LambethULT2,000,000 2,000,000
NorthamptonULT2,000,000 2,000,000
Sheffield SpringsULT 1,500,000 1,500,000
Sheffield ParkULT1,000,000 1,000,000
North OxfordshireULT 1,500,000 1,535,714
PeckhamHarris Federation of South London Schools Trust 2,000,000 2,986,340
The King's AcademyEmmanuel Schools Foundation 2,000,000 2,005,982
Trinity, DoncasterEmmanuel Schools Foundation 2,000,000 2,000,000
Haberdashers' - HatchamHaberdashers Livery Company 704,500 704,500
Haberdashers' - KnightsHaberdashers Livery Company 295,500 295,500
MarloweRoger De Haan & Kent County Council 2,735,135 2,735,135
FolkestoneRoger De Haan & Kings School Canterbury 2,250,000 2,250,000
WalsallThomas Telford Online & The Mercers' Company 2,500,000 2,564,827
SandwellMercers Company. Thomas Telford Online. HSBC. West Bromwich Albion FC. Tarmac Group 2,793,794 2,793,936
Grace, SolihullBob Edmiston 2,000,000 2,000,000
Coventry Grace AcademyBob Edmiston 2,000,000 2,180,000
Burlington DanesARK 1,500,000 1,500,000
Lambeth 2 Evelyn GraceARK 2,500,000 2,500,000
Southwark 4 GlobeARK 1,500,000 1,500,000
Westminster King SolomonARK 1,500,000 1,500,000
BexleySir David Garrard 2,410,000 2,462,000
City of London SouthwarkCorporation of London 2,000,000 2,000,000
West London, EalingAlec Reed 2,000,000 2,000,000
Dixons CTCDixons Academy Trust 651,000 983,352
WestminsterExilarch Foundation 1,500,000 1,500,000
Thomas DeaconDeacons Trust 2,000,000 2,006,184
John Madejski, ReadingJohn Madejski 2,000,000 2,000,000
The Bridge, HackneyUBS 2,317,796 2,351,458
PetcheyJack Petchey Foundation 2,000,000 2,000,000
North LiverpoolLiverpool University & Granada Learning 1,000,000 1,000,000
St Matthew Lewisham Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark 2,100,000 2,100,000
Slough LangleyMartyn Arbib 2,033,000 2,033,000
Leigh TechnologyLeigh CTC 2,275,000 2,275,000
Bristol - WithywoodThe Society of Merchant Venturers 2,000,000 2,000,001
Newcastle ExcelsiorLord Laidlaw of Rothiemay 2,000,000 2,593,491
Corby CityWeston Foundation/BeeBee Development/Brooke Weston CTC 2,000,000 2,000,000
Ashcroft TechnologyProspect Education (Technology) Trust Ltd 960,000 960,000
Landau Forte CollegeLandau Forte College 460,000 462,455
Liverpool BelvedereGirls' Day School Trust & HSBC 1,101,663 1,101,663
City of London KPMG AcademyCorporation of London. KPMG. 2,000,000 2,000,000
Islington - COLA (I)Corporation of London. City University. 2,000,000 2,000,000
Sandwell - RSARSA 1,000,000 1,000,000
Djanogly 0 0
Bacons 0 0
Gateway (Thurrock)  0 0

AcademySponsor Total Pledge (£)Pledge due to Date (£) Contributions to Date (£)
Abraham Darby AcademyThe Haberdashers' Company / Borough of Telford & Wrekin 750,000550,000533,333
Academy 360Gentoo Group 2,250,0002,250,0002,250,000
Accrington AcademyThe Bowland Educational Trust / Other sponsors to be identified by ULT 1,500,00000
All Saints AcademyDiocese of St Albans 750,00075,00075,000
Archbishop Sentamu AcademyDiocese of York 1,500,000251,0001,000
Ark Academy, BrentARK 1,500,00000
Barnfield South AcademyBarnfield College FE Corporation 2,000,000450,000450,000
Barnfield West AcademyBarnfield College FE Corporation 2,000,000450,000450,000
Bullwell Academy, NottinghamEdge 2,000,0002,000,0002,000,000
Castle View Enterprise AcademyNorthumbrian Water and Sunderland City Council 1,350,0001,350,0001,350,000
CharterARK500,000 500,000500,000
Colston Girl's AcademySociety of Merchant Venturers 1,000,0001,000,0001,050,000
Droylsden AcademyTameside College 2,000,0001,333,333666,666
East Basildon Academy - Upper and Lower Martin Finegold409,8350 0
Essa Academy, BoltonEssa Foundation / Bolton Council 1,225,000500,000500,000
Fulwood AcademyCharles Dunstone Charitable Trust 2,000,000500,000500,000
George Salter Collegiate AcademyOrmiston Trust 750,000225,0000
Haberdashers' Crayford AcademyHaberdashers' Federation / Temple Grove Trust 2,000,0002,000,0002,000,000
Havelock AcademyThe David Ross Foundation 2,000,0001,250,0001,625,000
Hereford Academy (The)Hereford Diocesan Board of Education 1,500,0001,500,0001,500,000
Isle of Sheppey AcademyDulwich College (but sponsorship to be paid by De Haan Charitable Trust) 1,000,00000
Kettering Science AcademyBrooke Weston Trust 500,0000500,000
Longfield AcademyLeigh Technology Academy Trust 1,000,000625,0000
Marsh AcademyKent CC / De Haan Charitable Trust 1,000,000850,000850,000
Milton Keynes AcademyEdge 2,000,0002,000,0002,000,000
New Charter AcademyNew Charter Housing Trust 2,000,0002,000,0002,000,000
New Line Learning AcademyKent CC / Hewlett Packard 986,000986,000986,000
Northumberland CE AcademyThe Northumberland Estates / Newcastle Diocesan Education Board 1,500,000500,000500,000
Nottingham AcademyGreenwood Dale Foundation Trust 500,000500,000500,000
Nottingham University Samworth Academy Nottingham University / David Samworth2,000,000 1,100,0001,100,000
Open AcademyGraham Dacre / Bishop of Norwich 00387,515
Ormiston Bushfield AcademyOrmiston Trust 000
Ormiston Park AcademyOrmiston Trust 1,500,0001,500,0001,500,000
Ormiston Sandwell Community AcademyOrmiston Trust 000
Oxford AcademyDiocese of Oxford / Oxford Brookes University / Adrian Beecroft 500,000not provided500,000
Priory Federation of AcademiesPriory Fundraising Trust 2,000,000500,000504,734
Red House AcademySunderland CC 1,250,0001,250,0001,000,000
Richard Rose Central AcademyBrian Scowcroft / Andrew Tinkler 2,000,000600,000274,158
Richard Rose Morton AcademyBrian Scowcroft / Andrew Tinkler 2,000,000600,000274,158
Samworth Church Academy, NottinghamDavid Samworth / Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham 1,500,0001,040,0001,040,000
Shelfield Academy, WalsallOrmiston Trust 000
Shireland Collegiate AcademyOrmiston Trust 750,000225,0000
Siruis AcademyHull College 2,000,00000
Spires AcademyGerry Pack / Michael Head 500,000500,000500,000
St Aidan's CE Academy, DarlingtonDiocesan Board of Education for Durham / David & Anne Crossland 1,500,000700,0000
St AlbansARK1,500,000 1,500,0001,500,000
St Anne's Academy, RochdaleDiocesan Board of Education for Manchester / David & Anne Crossland 1,500,0001,250,0000
St Catherine's AcademyDiocesan Board of Education for Manchester / David & Anne Crossland 1,500,0001,500,0000
St Lawrence AcademyDiocese of Lincoln 750,000510,000510,000
St Michael & All Angels AcademySouthwark Diocesan Board of Education 2,000,000500,000500,000
Strood AcademyMedway Council 500,000500,000500,000
University Chester C of E AcademyCheshire West and Cheshire Council 100,000100,000100,000
WalworthARK1,500,000 01,000,000
Wellington AcademyWellington College 2,000,0001,100,0001,100,000
West Lakes AcademyBritish Nuclear Fuels plc 2,000,0002,000,0002,000,000

Question 148-151 (Richard Bacon): The role of DfE Employees, broken down by category of function and the number of people within each function

Government has set out a clear commitment to improved transparency about how it spends public money and this includes details of the size and shape of public bodies and about the remuneration it provides to senior public and civil servants.

Whereas most Departments reflected their staffing position as of the 30 June 2010, the Department for Education published reflecting the position at 30 September. This ensured the public were able to see how the Department had restructured to ensure its resources were aligned to the political priorities of the Secretary of State, particularly relating to higher standards and structural reform.

This will not be a one-off exercise, as each Department is required to publish this information on a six monthly basis with the next iteration due in the New Year.

December 2010

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