top of page
Screenshot 2020-11-20 at 13.54.16.png


The Essa Foundation Academies Trust is a charitable company established to set up and run academies and free schools in Bolton and further afield and provide recreational and leisure facilities in the interest of social welfare. The Trust is funded and regulated by the Department of Education. Academies and free schools are independent state funded schools.


The Trust's sponsor is the Essa Foundation Trust, which is an educational charity set up by the philanthropic Patel family, owners of a leading pharmacy chain in the North West of England, to encourage research, development and the introduction of best practice across schools and curriculums. The Essa Foundation Academies Trust has been a multi-academy trust since 2014: It was originally a single academy trust - the Essa Academy Trust from 2008-2014. There are currently two academies in the Trust - Essa Academy, an 11-16 school which opened in January 2009 and Essa Primary Academy, a free school for primary aged children which opened in September 2014.


EFA Trust Signed Accounts 2021-22


EFA Trust Signed Accounts 2020-21

Publication of Executive Pay 2022 - 23

Articles of Association

Main Funding Agreement

Essa Academy Supplemental Funding Agreement

Essa Primary Supplemental Funding Agreement

Academy and free school: Master Funding Agreement

Deed of Variation of Funding Agreement

EFA Trust Scheme of Financial Delegation

Facility Time Declaration September 2019 - August 2020

Terms of Reference for the Board of Directors and its Committees

Remits and Terms of Reference for LGBs

Actions Delegated to the MTD

Actions Delegated to Academy Principals

Privacy Notice for Applicants

Privacy Notice for Parents/Carers - Your Own Data

Privacy Notice for Parents/Carers - Your Child's Data

Privacy Notice - The School Workforce

Privacy Notice - Governors, Trustees & Volunteers

Privacy Notice - Suppliers of Goods and Services

Privacy Notice - Visitors

Privacy Notice - Pupils 

Publication of Executive Pay - 2019/20

Financial Benchmarking Service

Complaints Procedure

Whistle Blowing Policy

Charging and Remissions Policy

Trade Union Facility Time Disclosure - 2021-22

Company info

i) Company registration number – 06731593 (England and Wales)

ii) Registered office

Lever Edge Lane




Copies of archived EFA Trust Board of Directors agendas, reports, and minutes (excluding confidential items) and accounts from previous years are available on request.

Copies of archived Essa Academy LGB and Essa Primary Academy LGB agendas, reports, and minutes (excluding confidential items) from previous years are available on request.

In both cases please email your request to

bottom of page