Welcome to Venturers

Welcome to Venturers Trust, a Multi Academy Trust based in Bristol formed through the merger of CGS Trust and Merchants’ Academy Trust in September 2017. Comprising Primary, Secondary, all-age schools and a Special school the Trust has 3,200 pupils and 700 staff.

The Trust is sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol.

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  • Further discussions in preparation for the launch of - The next Extreme Classrooms project in 2019, with collaboration between and - Read more January 18th
  • Find out about recent student achievements & academy events - View the 8th edition of the academy magazine Proud here: Read more Read more January 16th
  • The mathematicians were hard at work in Seahorses today - How many equations can you write to make 5? Read more January 15th
  • Children and staff in Year 2 enjoyed dressing up as business people for Writing Week. They look so smart! Can you guess which business character Miss Palmizi has dressed up as? Read more January 15th
  • Director of Education (Primary) : an exciting opportunity to join our Central Trust Executive Team at Venturers Trust from September 2018. Find out more at Read more Read more January 13th
  • Our worries box- to ensure our voices are always heard Read more January 12th
  • Yr 3/4 are really enjoying our ‘Always reward’ trip to SSGB Read more January 12th
  • The table is set! Waiting for some teams of pupils to enter the Dragons Den and pitch their ideas to our dragons 🐉💷Good luck teams! A fantastic finish to writing week - thank you Mr Quick, our English Lead for organising. 💼 Read more January 12th
  • Our Dove Class are extremely excited and ready for their first Schools session off site. Teamwork, collaboration and turn taking is the focus for today's session Read more January 10th
  • Thanks to everyone who helped make the official opening of our school by HRH The Princess Royal such a wonderful event, our guests, including and most importantly our pupils who behaved impeccably & were a real credit to our community Read more January 10th
  • Date for your diary - Parents' workshop on E-Safety on the 12th January at 13:15. January 8th
  • We have launched today. Our drive to improve across the curriculum in a fun filled, empathetic way is a key focus for 2018 Read more January 8th
  • The whole Dolphin School community are very excited about tomorrow. HRH The Princess Royal will be officially opening our school. We also have other special guests including and . It will be an amazing day to showcase our fantastic school! 😀 January 8th
  • Our final Open Day is approaching for children starting school in September. If you haven't already submitted your application to BCC, you need to do so by Mon 15th Jan. Why not come and see what Fairlawn has to offer - our sessions are Wed 10th Jan at 9.30am and 1.30pm January 8th
  • Our Curious-city classroom is nearly ready ready to model enquiry-led learning to teachers and learners alike. Read more January 6th
  • What a fantastic start to the year. The Exploradome has come to Merchants Primary. Read more January 3rd
  • We're really looking forward to moving our Trust Offices to [HERE] in February 2018. Read more December 15th
  • Ollie the Therapy Dog can't keep his eyes off the chocolate biscuits in Brunel! Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas - See you all in 2018!! Read more December 15th
  • Congratulations and thanks to Alex and Chloe, winners of our 'Chef for Day' competition, for preparing, cooking and serving up yesterday's lunch! 🍴 Read more December 15th
  • The academy celebrates achievements in the CCF '_CCF - Cadets receive berets, badges and certificates as they progress through their cadet journey . Read more December 13th

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Academies colour coded by hub:

  • Merchants' Academy
  • Venturers' Academy
  • Bannerman Road Community Academy
  • The Dolphin School
  • The Kingfisher School
  • Barton Hill Academy
  • Fairlawn School
  • Colston's Girls' School