Schools lined up to join Priory academy trust

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 August 2016

Priory Community School.

Priory Community School.

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A Weston secondary school has launched its multi-academy trust as part of its ambitions to lead other schools to mirror its high standards.

Priory Community School.Priory Community School.

Priory Community School, in Queensway in Worle, has developed the Priory Learning Trust (PLT), and aims to bring one secondary school and some primary schools under its banner. Priory principal Neville Coles will become the executive principal of the trust.

He is already leading improvement at Worle Community School, after its inadequate Ofsted inspection earlier this year, and he hopes it will also become part of the PLT.

The Mercury has previously reported two primary schools are likely to join the trust in September. But it has not been revealed which schools these could be.

PLT chairman John Richardson said: “In each school we will work closely with heads of school in the secondary schools and headteachers in our primary schools.

“Priory has been built around a burning desire to put students first and create an entrepreneurial, innovative culture where children of all ages thrive.

“It really is unique and we intend to now widen that out to others. The school results over the last few years have been remarkably consistent and way above national averages.”

The academy has been named in the Real Schools Guide as the fourth best in North Somerset, Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire.

Mr Coles said: “We are very proud of our students and staff. These are excellent pieces of news for the whole community of Weston.

“It is a delight to be taking the lead and assisting at Worle Community School and we are excited about the future of both schools.”

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