What is the Collegiate Academy Trust (CAT)?

The Collegiate Academy Trust was established in September 2007 and runs Shireland Collegiate Academy, Waterloo Road, Smethwick. It has an Executive Principal who is Principal of Shireland. There is then a Board with 10 Trustees, which makes all the strategic decisions about the work of the Academy.

Where Can I find Information about the Collegiate Academy Trust (CAT)?

The CAT is also a registered company limited by guarantee at Companies House. Our Company number is 6336693. By entering this number on the Companies House Website,, you can access all the information that has been filed about our Trust.

Who monitors the work of the Collegiate Academy Trust (CAT)?

The Trust and therefore Shireland Collegiate Academy is accountable to a number of individuals and organisations. Sir Mark Grundy, our Executive Principal closely monitors the performance and activities and reports directly to the Board. The CAT works to support the Senior Leadership teams so that they can focus on providing the highest quality of experience for our students.

On an annual basis we have to submit our accounts to Companies House, along with a report on the work for that year. We have to report three times a year to the Department for Education (DfE). We report to our 15 Trustees who make up the board of the CAT every half term (6 times per year). We also have a Responsible Officer, appointed by the Trustees, who visits the Academy three times per year to check the finance of the Academy, and on top of this we also have an independent audit of the accounts twice per year.