About us


Welcome to Activate Learning Education Trust, a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) established by Activate Learning. The Trust is both a company and an exempt charity. This means that it does not need to be registered with the Charity Commission. It does, however, need to comply with aspects of charity law.

You can find out more about our work with schools on this website.

Activate Learning Education Trust has a Local Governing Body. This Body is responsible for ensuring that our schools are run in accordance with their ethos and values, overseeing the appointment and professional development of staff and setting and reviewing the schools’ curriculum.

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Sally Dicketts CBE has been Chair of Activate Learning Education Trust since 2013. She has held senior posts in both secondary schools and further education. She became Principal at Milton Keynes College in 1996, and in 2003 became the first Principal of Oxford & Cherwell Valley College (now Activate Learning).



LLeeee Nicholls has been CEO of Activate Learning Educational Trust since 2013. He is an Executive Director at Activate Learning, with responsibility for developing academies, as well as curriculum and standards across college provision.

Lee has held a number of senior posts in further education and higher education after starting out in education as a teacher of science. He has previously held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor of Further Education at Thames Valley University and, as Executive Director of Further Education, was responsible for the Reading campus when part of the university, until 2010.