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The new Wessex Learning Trust will provide a network of shared central services and professional development

Cheddar Valley schools unite to form MAT

Eight schools to create new multi academy trust in Cheddar Valley

Posted by Hannah Oakman | March 09, 2016 | People, policy, politics

From September 2016, eight schools in the Cheddar Valley area will form a multi-academy trust (MAT) called the Wessex Learning Trust.

Existing academies Axbridge Church of England First School, The Kings of Wessex Academy, Weare Academy First School and Wedmore First School will be joined by four more converter schools.

The intention, says head of Wedmore First School Jackie Hipwell, is to create a ‘powerhouse’ in the area. She told the Cheddar Valley Gazette: “The schools have a long history of working closely together in the Cheddar Valley and are keen to build on this strong relationship to ensure that they continue to provide all the children in the area with a world class education.” 

The MAT is expected to protect and improve the quality of education and the identity of the schools for the future, with shared central services and improved professional development opportunities. Staff conditions and Early Years entitlement will remain the same. 

The application for the new MAT and for funding has been submitted to the DfE.


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