Schools could form new trust


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Six schools in Portishead and Portbury could join forces and from a multi-academy trust.

Parents at five primary schools were written to on Monday to outline plans to form a new organisation in partnership with Gordano School.

High Down infant and junior schools, plus St Peter’s and Portishead primary schools could be involved, along with St Mary’s Primary School in Portbury.

The headteachers of the schools issued a joint statement this week, saying: “The model we are proposing will have a great many benefits for our children, families and staff. In particular we will be able to share facilities and staff expertise to develop the opportunities available across our schools.

“The central focus of our collaboration will be on the professional development for our staff so that we continually improve in our teaching and learning.”

The schools stressed no final decision has been taken yet as it awaits feedback from parents.

Each school would maintain its independence and values but the new trust would allow a smoother transition from primary to secondary education.

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Pupils’ uniforms at all the schools would also remain the same.