Wessex Learning Trust Welcomes Four New Schools into its Family

As of Wednesday 1st April 2020, the Wessex Learning Trust is delighted to announce the joining of four new schools to our Trust – Cheddar First School, Draycott and Rodney Stoke First School, Shipham First School, and Fairlands Middle School. This now takes our Trust up to 13 schools and will enable us to continue to pursue our vision of an exceptional education for all, from ages 2 to 19.

The four schools, formally part of the Mendip Edge Federation, are all schools with whom the Trust already had a close working relationship, with the first schools feeding into Fairlands, which itself fed into the Kings of Wessex. However, we are proud to have now formalised this partnership so that we can achieve new levels of collaboration between the schools.

The addition of these school to our Trust makes us one of the only Multi Academy Trusts in the country to comprise all its feeder schools within one Trust. Thanks to this unprecedented position we are now able to focus our work on ensuring continuity and a clear progression through our schools, for the benefit of our learners and their parents.

Chief Executive of the Wessex Learning Trust, Gavin Ball said of the new schools joining:

“The Trust’s growth is important so as we are able to safeguard our educational ethos for the future. The addition of Cheddar, Draycott and Rodney Stoke, Shipham, and Fairlands to our Trust marks a great milestone in collaboration across the Cheddar Valley, and we sincerely look forward to the incredible things which we will be able to achieve by working together”

Gavin Ball

We believe that this new partnership will provide huge opportunities for our learners, our schools, and our staff; and we welcome our new partners into our Wessex Family with open arms. Although at this moment, education faces an unusual set of challenges in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, we nevertheless look forward to continuing our Trust journey together!