Community Academies Trust CEO awarded OBE in 2018 New Year's Honours

The Chief Executive Officer and Founding trustee of the Community Academies Trust – which includes four Telford schools - has been awarded the OBE in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to Education.

Community Academies Trust CEO awarded OBE in 2018 New Year's Honours

Philip Hamilton co-founded the Community Academies Trust in November 2012. He said the award recognised the achievements of the Trust collectively.

Among the Community Academies Trust’s 14 schools are Telford Langley, Telford Priory and Telford Park secondary schools and Grange Park Primary School.

Philip Hamilton said, “I am very proud to receive this award. I am also humbled as this is real recognition of the work and incredible achievements of staff across our organisation.  Our collective efforts are influencing the life chances of 7000 young people and providing professional opportunities for our 1200 staff across 14 schools.”

Community Academies Trust (CAT) is a successful school based multi academy trust whose name originates from local leaders and governors desire to promote excellent community schools. This has led to the Trust supporting schools in challenging circumstances enabling local school leaders to improve them. Other schools have chosen to be involved with the trust’s work and have contributed to and benefitted from the family ethos of the organisation.”

Councillor Shirley Reynolds, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Education and Skills, said: “The Community Academies Trust has done an excellent job with the four Telford schools that they oversee and Philip can take a lot of credit for that so this honour is richly deserved.

“We very much look forward to continuing to work with Philip in the future as the Trust strengthens its links with the borough. Having visited the schools governed by the CommunityAcademies Trust it is clear to see the improvements made (under yourleadership) since the inception of the Trust, which is without doubtbenefitting children and young people.  


"We would like to say thank you and look forward tocontinuing to work with you to further improve outcomes for young people fromsome of our most deprived communities."


Simon Atkins, Chair of the Main Trust Board of Directors that governs CAT said of Mr Hamilton’s award, “I am delighted that Philip’s dedication and commitment to the education system has been recognised in this way. 

“He has worked tirelessly both for Community Academies Trust and the wider communities in which we operate and is an inspiration to many. 

“As both an OFSTED inspector and a National Leader of Education his influence reaches beyond the young people and team within CAT. On behalf of the Board and all at CAT, I’d like to congratulate Philip on his OBE.”

Mr Hamilton was also head teacher of a large secondary school in Warwickshire until 2015

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