Frank Norris

Frank Norris


The Co-operative Academies Trust

Frank was born in Essex, and worked in banking before going to university to train as a teacher. He taught in a number of schools in Stockport before becoming a head teacher, and leading schools in Trafford and Cheshire.

He joined Ofsted in 2001 as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, and quickly became involved in working on quality assurance and development of the inspection framework, in addition to leading inspections of schools, secure units and prisons.

Subsequent roles at Ofsted have seen him lead on inspection methodology, local authority inspections and the monitoring and evaluation of inspection providers. He became Divisional Manager for Education and Care in 2009, before leaving Ofsted in 2012 to lead school improvement for a local authority. He joined the Co-operative Academies Trust in 2013.

“The Co-operative Group uses the skills and knowledge of its people to support governance of our academies, and provides work-related learning opportunities for learners of all ages. It has a long history of supporting education and has focused its academy work in areas of social and economic need. In order to achieve the highest standards, the trust works hard to ensure equality and inclusion so that its students at the seven academies in Leeds, Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent can gain the best start in life.”