Secondary school hopes to ‘benefit’ from new links after joining MAT

St Katherine's School headteacher, Justin Humphreys.

St Katherine's School headteacher, Justin Humphreys. - Credit: St Katherine's School

A secondary school has joined a new multi-academy trust after its old one collapsed.

St Katherine’s School, in Pill, has teamed up with the Cathedral Schools Trust (CST) and will start working closely with other schools in Bristol and the surrounding area.

The move will mean the school, in Ham Green, will be able to share expertise for the benefit of its students and other schools in the trust.

The institution was formerly part of the Inspiring Futures Trust (IFT) with Herons’ Moor Academy, the North Somerset Enterprise and Technical College and the village’s Crockerne Primary School.

But the future of the trust, which is sponsored by Weston College, plunged into uncertainty after it was revealed a restructure was planned for the member organisation.

Herons’ Moor, in Worle, went on to join the Cabot Learning Federation, which runs Hans Price Academy in Weston, and St Katherine’s is the latest school to link up with a new trust.

St Katherine’s headteacher, Justin Humphreys, said: “We are delighted to join the CST and are excited about the opportunities it gives us to share best practice, learn from each other and turn that knowledge and collaboration into improved experiences and benefits for our students and teachers.

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“We have great foundations to build on. Many of our students come from Bristol primary schools and a number are already part of the CST family.

“Plus, like other academies in the trust, we are a thriving, diverse school community which focuses on academic excellence and educating the whole child to help develop character to fulfil their future dreams and aspirations.”

The CST was formed in 2016 and comprises of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, St Katherine’s, Cathedral Primary School, Headley Park Primary School and Victoria Park Primary School.

The trust is set to open the CST Trinity Academy, a new school in Bristol, in September.

Executive principal of the CST, Neil Blundell, said: “There are so many things we have in common and we are looking forward to collaborating over secondary school improvement and strategy over the coming months.

“Our schools have a great deal to benefit from working together.”