Welcome To North West Academies Trust

If you are considering becoming an academy, opening a free school or require school-to-school support, we can help. Based in Chester, we manage 10 primary and secondary schools across Cheshire and Shropshire.

Celebrating our exceptional staff

We specialise in providing high quality education and have experience of setting up new academies, as well as transforming existing schools.

All children deserve outstanding educational provision, and this underpins everything we do. Whatever the challenges are, our goal remains the same; to provide children with the best possible education.

“Opening Children’s Eyes to the Wonderful World of Possibility”

Steve Docking CEO

Mission and Values

North West Academies believes that an aspirational and inspirational education is the right of every child. Our success is driven by a commitment to relentlessly work to improve standards and outcomes for our pupils.  MORE


We know that effective governance and a clearly defined structure is crucial to our Trust’s success. MORE

Sports Ambassador

NWAT is proud to have former England rugby international star Phil Greening as the perfect sporting role model for our children. MORE

Our Academies


• Guidance on strategic school improvement work • Monitoring of results and data • School-to-school support

Ofsted Guidance

• New Ofsted framework training and support • Support with Ofsted preparation • Monitoring, evaluation and guidance

Leadership and Management

• Developing vision and strategy • Support with Ofsted preparation • Strategic school development


• Development of robust and efficient governance structures • Advice on third party agreements • Governor training • Clerking support

Financial Management and Support

• Financial compliance with EFA and DfE requirements of the Financial Academies Handbook

Other Services we can provide

• Health and safety support and compliance • Marketing • HR • Legal • Catering • Medicash


If you would like more information about North West Academies or to find out what we can do for your free school group or school, please complete the form below detailing your question.

We will be in touch as soon as possible.