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Palladian Academy Trust

 

On August 1st 2016 Widcombe Infant School joined the Palladian Academy Trust.  The new multi-academy trust (MAT) is a group of like-minded schools that have chosen to work together in partnership for the benefit of our children's education.  The Palladian Academy Trust, a group of geographically close secondary, primary, infant and junior schools, will build on existing good practice and collaborative work.  It will seek to retain the ethos and identity of each school while enjoying and exploring the benefits of partnership.

 

The eight schools are:

  • Combe Down CE Primary School
  • Oldfield Park Infant School
  • Oldfield Park Junior School
  • Ralph Allen Secondary School
  • St Martin's Garden Primary School
  • St Philip's CE Primary School
  • Widcombe Infant School
  • Widcombe CE Junior School

 

Why the name 'Palladian Academy Trust'?

The Palladian Bridge in Prior Park is a local iconic landmark and since bridges connect people, the group felt this was a very appropriate emblem.  The new logo for the Palladian Academy Trust strongly reflects this.

 

Structure

The Palladian Academy Trust is a limited company and a registered charity, and so has a structure that reflects that status.

 

  • Tim Withers is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Jo Marsh is the Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • The Head Teachers of the eight schools, together with Jo Marsh, make up the Executive Leadership Team (ELT).

 

The Executive Leadership Group meets regularly.  Each one of the eight Head Teachers brings a wealth of experience to the group and is passionate about the learning of the people in their care.

 

What is a Multi-Academy Trust?

A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is a group of schools governed by one trust and a single board of Trustees.  The board is responsible for decisions relating to how each academy is run, from curriculum to staffing.

 

The board is made up of twelve Trustees who are in effect the Governing Body of the Trust. This includes one Head Teacher from the ELT and four trustees who are Diocesan appointments to reflect the Church schools’ interests. Trustees are appointed for the skills they can offer.

 

The Trustees have three committees, much the same as School Governing Bodies.

All the schools retain their School Governing Bodies who report to the Trustees.

 

The Trustees report to the Members. This is comprised of five members who meet once a year to receive annual reports.

 

What does the Palladian Academy Trust aim to do?

The Palladian Academy Trust is a partnership that will add to the opportunities for the young people of Bath, with a vision for their personal development and education from 4-19. 

 

 

Widcombe Infant School Supplemental Funding Agreement

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