Elevate Multi Academy Trust

About us

Elevate is a family of like-minded educationalists with equal partnership between the Diocese of Leeds, the Diocese of York and the local community.

We are a unique Trust in many ways: our main priority being children, families and their educational journey. We have high expectations which we know can be achieved by creating a strong collaboration between children, parents/guardians and talented and caring headteachers, teachers and their support staff.

In July 2017, the journey began for Elevate Multi Academy Trust.  The reasons for becoming a MAT in the changing educational landscape were clear:

   to deliver an innovative, highly effective approach to teaching and learning;

    raising standards and aspirations for all;

    to work collaboratively with other primary schools in the area;

    sharing best practice and challenging each other to ensure the very best education for children;

   creating bespoke educational system that best meets the needs of children in our local area.


Thirteen schools are currently members of our primary academy Trust, serving nearly 2500 pupils across the local area

    Alanbrooke Academy joined in March 2022;

    Aspin Park Academy, Meadowside Academy and Topcliffe C of E Academy - joined July 2017;

    Carlton Miniott Primary Academy, Knayton C of E Academy and Sowerby Primary Academy - joined February 2018;

    Thorner C of E Primary School - joined in July 2018.

   Keeble Gateway Academy, Knaresborough St John's and Marton-cum-Grafton CE Primary School -  October 2019

   Thornton Dale Primary School and Rillington Primary School - joined in April 2020

    We are also in discussion with several other successful primary schools in the local area who have expressed an interest in joining our Trust during the next academic year.


In 2018, Elevate was granted a contract from the DfE to build a new one-form entry primary school in Sowerby. Keeble Gateway Academy opened its doors in September 2019. This school was named after Dame Reena Keeble, a celebrated educationalist from London with a damehood for her services to education who has been instrumental in helping to shape Trust philosophy. Keeble Gateway Academy opened in the first year, with up to 30 Reception children and 25 nursery children and will grow by 30 children in Reception every year following.


Press Release - 24th May 2021

We are also delighted to confirm that following a rigorous selection process in early 2021, Elevate was awarded the NYCC contract, in conjunction with the Department for Education, to build a new primary free school in the Manse Farm area of Knaresborough with its doors opening in September 2024. 

Nigel Ashley

Chief Executive Officer

Elevate Multi Academy Trust