'Important step' for primary school after joining a multi-academy trust

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 April 2019

Brent Knoll Primary School is now part of the Wessex Learning Trust.

Brent Knoll Primary School is now part of the Wessex Learning Trust.

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A multi-academy trust (MAT) has welcomed a new primary school to its fold.

Brent Knoll Primary School has been welcomed into the Wessex Learning Trust (WLT) this month.

The school caters for children aged four to 11 years old and is based in the western part of the trust's catchment area and is a close neighbour to fellow trust school, East Brent Academy.

Brent Knoll's school has 135 children on roll across five classes with 23 full and part-time staff.

Headteacher, Chris Burman, has already been working with the WLT in all aspects of trust work and 'joined -up thinking'.

He said: “This is an important step for the staff and pupils of Brent Knoll both in the immediate future of the school and in the years to follow.

“We look forward to our continued working together for the shared purpose of providing a top education for children across the Cheddar Valley.”

The school shares many of the same values as the other trust academies, including fostering a sense of belonging for children.

A trust spokesman added: “As a church school, Brent Knoll is fully supportive of the Christian ethos and values which enrich the lives of children through a love of learning, faith, respect and partnerships.”

The newest addition brings the school to a healthy 10 schools making up its trust.

The Kings Of Wessex Academy, in Cheddar, and Hugh Sexey Middle School, in Blackford, make up the upper schools in the trust while seven first and primary schools in Axbridge, East Brent, Lympsham, Mark, Weare and Wedmore make up the remainder of the MAT.

The trust's executive headteacher, Gavin Ball, said: “I am delighted to welcome Brent Knoll Primary School to the WLT at what is a wonderful point in our combined working together which I know can only serve to strengthen our closer connection and affiliation.

“I am confident our Brent Knoll colleagues will greatly enhance our team of dedicated, committed and enthusiastic colleagues 
who care about children's education.”

Schools have been put under pressure by the Department for Education to join MATs after it announced local authorities would no longer be given money from the Government.

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