Four schools in Bridport – Bridport Primary School, Burton Bradstock CE Primary School, St Mary’s CE Primary School and The Sir John Colfox Academy – have joined together to form the Minerva Learning Trust as of 1 April 2016.
“This is an exciting time”, said the newly appointed Executive Principal Kay Taylor. “We have a very clear vision of what education in Bridport should be like and how we can make things better for our staff, students and parents by working together. Now at last we get the chance to start putting the vision into practice”.
Since the publication of the recent Education White Paper and the announcement that all schools will become Academies there has been a lot of controversy about the Academies programme.
The schools in the Minerva Learning Trust have all chosen to work together because they believe collaboration, rather than a competitive approach to education, is better. They are looking forward to the extra freedom they have over the curriculum and to using the extra funding they receive creatively for the benefit of the young people in their care.
“This is a great opportunity to develop our own vision of outstanding education”, said Kay Taylor. “We will be working together to ensure a more seamless education from age 4 to 19 and that will benefit everyone”. The Trust has ambitions to develop more Expressive Arts opportunities, to support more sporting events and provide a curriculum which will lead to outstanding learning opportunities.
“This is the chance for us, as leaders in our schools, to grasp our own destiny and shape our own future”, said Kay Taylor, “and we look forward to our vision becoming reality in the next few years”.