Insights – Bury College Education Trust (BCET)


The Challenge

Working with the Trust led by Bury College to support and project manage the conversion of two primary schools (separate timelines) and to bring them under the Trusts’ management.  GLK also worked with BCET to detail the additional support and capacity the two schools would require from the Trust.

Our Contribution

Following the formation of the Trust we worked with BCET to gain the Academy Approval Orders and subsequently convert the two primary schools to academy status within the Trust (conversion dates – January 2014 and September 2014).  GLK Solutions project managed various elements such as a statutory consultation, marketing, legal requirements, finance management of the schools, continuing and new school contracts and IT services.


  • Gaining the Academy Approval Orders
  • Successfully meeting the requirements of the DfE for academy conversion to be given the go ahead
  • Successfully conversions complete under complex scenarios
  • Building relationships with the school and Trust to ensure successful delivery
“We appointed GLK Solutions in 2013 to undertake the creation of a multi academy trust alongside an academy conversion for a local primary school. The work required the co-ordination of a wide range of stakeholders and the delivery of a critical project tasks. The project was high profile for the College and it was essential for it to be delivered on time and on budget. Gemma and the team from GLK were excellent and ensured that the project remained on track. Gemma and her team have significant knowledge around academies, free schools and education trusts and provided invaluable advice and guidance to myself and the College throughout the project. Additionally, she was instrumental in ensuring that all key stakeholders remained supportive of the project. Following this we recommissioned GLK to convert a second primary school in to our Trust and we worked with both Gemma and Lesley to complete this. Again, the conversion was completed on time and on budget and led to GLK working with the College and Trust further regarding capacity and process management as the College flexed to take on the additional responsibility of two schools within the Trust. I would have no hesitation in recommending GLK Solutions for the delivery of key Education projects.- Charlie, Bury College Educational Trust (BCET)