About the Trust

CGS Trust is a Bristol-based multi-academy trust formed in 2012 which seeks to provide outstanding education for its pupils. Currently CGS Trust has six schools – Colston’s Girls’ School; Bannerman Road Community Academy; Barton Hill Academy; The Dolphin School; Fairlawn Primary School; and The Kingfisher School.

Our belief is that all young people can succeed if they have access to exceptional education in an empathetic and supportive environment, and it is our ambition to provide this for every pupil in our schools.

The Trust is sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers (SMV), a Bristol-based philanthropic organisation whose membership comprises prominent and successful men and women, prepared to give their time and skills to contribute to the prosperity and wellbeing of the greater Bristol area.

SMV actively contributes to many of the Trust’s activities and has strong representation on each of the governing bodies. SMV also works closely with the Department for Education, Bristol City Council and the local community.