Venturers Trust is having an action-packed first term during this new academic year. Interim CEO, Andy Bird, has hit the ground running and is spending as much time as possible in all Trust schools; CGS has launched V6, its new co-ed sixth form; Stuart Woodburn has joined Merchants’ Academy as the new Head of Primary; pupils and staff at The Kingfisher School have now moved into their new building – and that’s only the beginning.
Further good news arrived for Merchants’ Academy Primary and Venturers’ Academy when Bristol City Council granted planning permission for their long-awaited new building alongside Merchants’ Academy Secondary.
Staff and pupils are already working hard to build on the successes of the summer, which saw greatly improved SATS results at Trust primaries, followed by excellent GCSE and A-level results in Trust secondary schools. Merchants’ Academy was the most improved secondary school in Bristol for good GCSE passes in English and maths, up 16 percentage points on last year, and CGS was one of the city’s top performers, with exceptional progress made by its students. Graduates from both sixth forms secured high-level apprenticeships and places at top universities across the country, including several who were successful through the Bristol Scholars scheme, sponsored by the University of Bristol.
Many of the Trust’s schools have been linking Black History Month to their core values and Barton Hill Academy hosted a visit from the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees who is an excellent role model.