The Makerfield Community Trust

Byrchall High School became a Foundation School with charitable trust attached from November 2009. The Trust acquired by the Governing Body is the Makerfield Community Trust.

The founding trustees were Byrchall High School, The Anglican Diocese of Liverpool, Abtec Computers Ltd and Edge Hill University.

Trust Structure


The Strategic Board of Directors / Trustees

The Board of Directors sets the strategic direction of all the Trusts activities. The current directors are:

Mr Alan BirchallHeadteacher of Byrchall High School
Mr Peter HartMakerfield Academy Trust Chair of Directors
Dr Phil Rigby
Prof John Diamond
Edge Hill University
Mr Paul Harper
Mr Phil Millward
Abtec Computers
Mrs J Jones
Rev Jeremy Thomas
Anglican Diocese of Liverpool
Mrs Yvonne BrownHeadteacher Tyldesley Primary School & CEO of Forward Together Teaching Alliance
Mr Andrew PollardHeadteacher of Standish Community High School & CEO of Mosaic Academy Trust

The General Council

The General Council is a forum of all allied educational institutions associated with the Trust (Partners). The purpose of the Council is to collaborate on school improvement, raising achievemnt for all pupils and to procure and deliver business services and goods.

Makerfield Academy Trust – Byrchall High School
Mosaic Academy Trust – Standish High School & Southlands High School
Hindley High School
The Deanery CE High School
Lowton CE High School
Bedford High School
(Lateral Academy Trust) Fred Longworth High School Academy Trust
Winstanley College
St John Rigby College
Wigan & Leigh College
Edge Hill University


The Collaborative Partnership means that all institutions associated with the Makerfield Community Trust remain as separate organisations or Multi-Academy Trusts and retain their independence in terms of their governance.

Trustees’ Founding Vision

  • Raise standards so that students have a firm base on which to build
  • Help to promote young people’s interest and developments
  • Draw on knowledge of developments and trends in specialist subject areas
  • Help young people to develop a set of moral and ethical values
  • Promote skills for economic well-being

The Management Board

The Management Board has responsibility for operating the business, including the design and delivery of services, review of provision and its impact.

Mr Alan BirchallHeadteacher of Byrchall High School / CEO of Makerfield Academy Trust
Mr Andrew PollardHeadteacher of Standish High School / CEO Mosaic Academy Trust
3 Representatives from the General Council
Edge Hill University Edge Hill University, based in Ormskirk, is a dynamic and responsive higher education provider.  The university works with Byrchall High School in Initial Teacher Training and offers a variety of enrichment and enhancement opportunities for our students.
Diocese of Liverpool Abtec Computer Solutions work with the school in developing and supporting the computer network.  They are a small Local company who work with many schools in the Local Authority.  This partnership aligns to the school’s specialist status of Mathematics and Computing and will provide educational and work experience opportunities for students.
ABTEC Anglican Diocese of Liverpool will continue to provide links via St. Thomas’ Church in Ashton in order to promote the school’s broadly Christian ethos.

Makerfield Community Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee. The company is registered at Companies House (Company № 7061177).

From September 1st 2012 Byrchall High School became an Academy and acquired the Byrchall High School Academy Trust.