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CGST welcomes Bannerman Road Community Academy to Trust ‘family of schools’

Bannerman RoadCGST welcomes Bannerman Road Community Academy to Trust ‘family of schools’ Bannerman Road Community Academy in Easton is joining the Colston’s Girls’ School Trust.

The transfer has been approved by the Department for Education with effect from September 1, 2015, and the Trust is delighted to welcome the inclusive Bannerman Road primary into the CGST family of schools.

The Bristol­based multi­academy trust, formed in 2012, comprises the outstanding secondary Colston’s Girls’ School, its neighbouring primary The Dolphin School, and the primary The Kingfisher School in St Anne’s Park. In September, it will open another new primary, Fairlawn School, in part of the former Fairfield Grammar School building in Montpelier.  Bannerman Road Community Academy, which is rated ‘good’ in all categories by Ofsted and has 350 pupils, has been turned around by head teacher Paula Shore in the last four years thanks to her strong strategy and determined leadership, which was recognised recently by an award from Bristol City Council.

The Trust’s executive principal Erica Draisey said: “We are pleased to welcome Bannerman Road into our Trust family of primary schools. We share a common vision, set of values and educational philosophy. The new school will add a further dimension to the Trust through its distinctive character and obvious strengths as a school noted for its excellent leadership and superb practitioners.”

Paula Shore said: “We recognise that the future of education is changing and in order to sustain the trend of rapid school improvement we know that we need to join an established trust which has a long history of school improvement and produces good outcomes for pupils and staff alike. The staff and governors at BRCA believe this can be found in CGST – a trust which marries up with our values and moral purpose, but will allow each school to thrive together.”

The Society of Merchant Venturers is the sponsor of the Colston’s Girls’ School Trust. The Merchants are involved in all aspects of the Trust’s activities, with strong representation on the governing bodies. They also work closely with the Department for Education, Bristol City Council and the local community. The Society’s 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. The Merchants also sponsor Merchants’ Academy, which includes a primary,and the independent Colston’s School, which also takes students aged from three to 18.

Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers, Chris Curling, said: “We are delighted to welcome the children and staff of Bannerman Road Community Academy into Colston’s Girls’ School Trust. This will be our sixth primary school and a valuable new member for the Merchant

Venturers’ family of schools. It is our ambition to see each child flourish academically and individually.”

Photo: Executive Principal Erica Draisey, left, with Justin Vafadari, Head of The Kingfisher School and students, and Paula Shore, Head of Bannerman Road Community Academy, and students