Weston secondary school to join multi-academy trust

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 12:50 16 May 2019

Herons Moor Academy joined the Cabot Learning Foundation.  Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Herons Moor Academy joined the Cabot Learning Foundation. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A Weston secondary school will be taken over next year after its previous owner disbanded.

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College. Picture: Google MapsNorth Somerset Enterprise and Technology College. Picture: Google Maps

The Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) has announced it will be opening a new secondary academy in the premises of the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC), in Beaufighter Road, next year.

The school, which is a provision for 14-19 year olds adjacent to the Locking Airfield site, will join the CLF from July 2019.

The Mercury revealed in January the multi-academy trust (MAT) which ran NSETC, the Inspirational Futures Trust, which is also sponsored by Weston College, could cease to exist as other schools in the trust, including Herons Moor Academy and St Katherine's School in Pill, began looking for new MATs to join.

In October last year, it was announced through North Somerset Council's e-bulletin the college would be looking for a new (MAT) to join and it would no longer be a 14-19 year olds school and pupils would be admitted to the establishment in year seven.

Herons Moor Academy joined the Cabot Learning Foundation.  Picture: MARK ATHERTONHerons Moor Academy joined the Cabot Learning Foundation. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The new academy will join the North Somerset cluster of the CLF, which already includes Hans Price, Haywood Village and Herons' Moor academies, which all serve the community in Weston.

Chief executive of the CLF, Steve Taylor, said: "We are extremely excited by the opportunity to extend our relationship with families in Weston.

"The new academy will allow us to work closely with other providers to best serve the needs of the growing school-age population in the town.

"We look forward to unveiling the new name and providing more information about the new school in the coming weeks."

There are plans for the academy to open in September 2020 under a new name as a mainstream secondary school, admitting pupils from year seven.

The federation has existed as a trust for the past 10 years and was first developed from a small Bristol-based secondary education partnership.

It has now grown to amass more than 20 different entities, serving the educational needs of 9,300 children from three to 19-years-old.

It employs around 1,750 people in a range of roles and has more than 200 committed volunteer governors.

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