Ascent Trust

Ascent was founded by four special secondary schools with the aim of developing a vision and strategic plan for special educational needs in Sunderland.  By collaboratively working together they are not only able to increase the opportunities they can offer their own students and staff, but are also able to offer their specialist knowledge to schools and academies across Sunderland, through their advice, consultancy and training arm of the company Ascent Extra Limited.  Each academy brings to Ascent its own wealth of knowledge and expertise within their area.


Carolyn Morgan, Chief Executive Officer

I am extremely proud to be the Chief Executive of Ascent Academies’ Trust; it is a huge privilege.
In partnership with The Board of Trustees and the Executive head teachers, we are determined to continue to improve all the academies in the Trust, building on recent successes and sharing the practices we know work well.Our aim is to provide the best possible outcomes for each individual learner in all aspects of our curriculum so they can live happy and fulfilled lives and make a positive contribution to their communities.This is only achievable when we can work together with families, students and other professionals to secure individual aspirations.
I look forward to working with all stakeholders over the next academic year.


Nick Hurn, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Since taking up my post as Chair of Ascent Academies’ Trust in October 2016, I have been in the privileged position to work on behalf of our wonderful children and our amazingly gifted and dedicated staff and leaders.
My motivation and general philosophy are built on ever improving standards of nurture and care, teaching and learning and quality of leadership.
As a serving Head Teacher, I understand the challenges and barriers educational establishments currently face, but believe that our Academies and staff are ably equipped to meet these challenges, now and in the future.
I am committed to working in partnership with our communities, parents, carers, staff and students and believe that by working together, we can achieve great things for our children.


Financial Information 

As we are part of the Ascent Academies’ Trust, our financial information is published on their website, which you can access by clicking the button below.

Ascent Trust Finance