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A six-school trust is set to join one of England’s biggest academy trusts after it found all nearby “capacity giver” schools had already been academised.

Coast and Vale Learning Trust decided merging was its only option after being told by the Department for Education it would not be allowed to take on any more schools in deficit. The trust will now join 57-school Delta Academies Trust.

Trust mergers are on the up and sector leaders say the dwindling stock of local authority secondary schools will lead more to join forces.

Confederation of School Trusts CEO Leora Cruddas said: “Given the challenges the school system is facing now, and will continue to face, we believe that those leading our schools and trusts should ensure that they are part of a strong and sustainable group of schools, working together in a single legal entity to secure good outcomes for children.”

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