Palladian Academy Trust

School council 2
Widcombe Infant School

On August 1st 2016 Widcombe Infant School joined the Palladian Academy Trust.  The 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 ten schools are:

  • Combe Down CE Primary School
  • Fitzmaurice 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
  • Winsley Primary 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 logo for the Palladian Academy Trust strongly reflects this.


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

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

The Executive Leadership Group meets regularly.  Each one of the ten 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. 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 in our local area, with a vision for their personal development and education from 4-19.

How do I find out more about the Palladian Academy Trust and access information regarding the annual report and other articles?

Follow the link to the Palladian Academy Trust website to access this information: 

Palladian Academy Trust

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