Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust Chief Executive named in Queen’s birthday honours list


The Chief Executive of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to education.

Barry Day, whose trust incorporates the Skegness Infant Academy, Ingoldmells Academy, Skegness Junior Academy and the Skegness Academy has been named in the Queen’s Birthday honours and awarded a knighthood for his services to education.

Barry has a long and successful history of school improvement and this recognition of his achievements and commitment is the perfect celebration of his fortieth continuous year working in education.

The GDFT is a not for profit educational organisation that specialises in transforming schools operating in areas

of economic and social disadvantage that are underperforming.

Previously, Barry was the Headteacher of the Greenwood Dale School which served one of

the country’s most disadvantaged communities in Nottingham.

He transformed the poorly performing 11 to 16 school into an ‘outstanding’, over-subscribed 11 to 18 school and Ofsted

judged his leadership to be ‘outstanding’.

In 2007, Barry was awarded an OBE for services to education, his determination to drive up standards of education in the UK drove him to take advantage of the opportunity to become a multi-Academy sponsor and share his expertise with other schools in challenging circumstances.

The GDFT which is now sponsor of 24 Academies and responsible for the education of over 16,000 pupils.

This academic year alone, eight GDFT Academies have been inspected by Ofsted and none have received any judgement less than ‘good’.

The Trust is recognised nationally as a leader of educational best practice and continues to be an extremely attractive option for schools that are under achieving.

Barry said: “I am delighted to have been awarded a UK National Honour for my services to education in this country. I have been fortunate to work with some of the most outstanding educationalists and the most talented support staff in the country. Our success is based on team work and I have a great team around me.

“My ambition is that pupils become advocates of the Trust, having benefitted from an educational culture which has enabled them to become purposeful citizens who are well qualified, confident and highly employable.”