Cotham School considers new trust

November 01 2016

Cotham School are consultation on plans to set up a new multi-academy trust in January 2017.

Cotham School are consultation on plans to set up a new multi-academy trust in January 2017.

Prima Learning Trust is a non-profit making, nationally recognised, Bristol-based trust comprising a group of education experts who say they want to improve schools in Bristol through the multi-academy trust (MAT) model. They say they share Cotham School’s values of high standards, inclusion and cooperation and think they would make a good match.

The governors at Cotham commented: “We want to work with Prima as equal partners to form a new MAT.  We think that Prima’s educational expertise will help shape the Trust as it grows.”

Cotham is currently a co-operative academy, not part of a MAT. It is owned by its members who are governors and one other person who is an ex governor from the time of its conversion to an academy. Prima Learnng Trust says that unlike some of the big chains, it will not be sponsored by a private company or big business. It will be led by Cotham School working collaboratively with its trust family of local schools.

It is hoped that the new MAT will bring together up to five schools, primary and secondary.  The governors believe that a partnership with Prima will attract both Ofsted Outstanding and Good schools into the trust as well as providing the challenge and support needed for schools that require improvement. The idea is that Prima’s commercial expertise will help the school make the most of economies of scale and enable more funding to be focused on children and young people’s learning. 

The new arrangements will not affect Cotham’s post-16 partnership arrangement with Redland Green School.