Palladian Academy Trust
Claverton Down Road, Bath BA2 7AD
Widcombe Church of England Junior School is proud to be a founding member of The Palladian Academy Trust (PAT), which was formed over the summer and autumn of 2016. The Trust is run by an Executive Leadership Group comprised of the headteachers of each school and the Chief Operating Officer, which meets regularly.
Partner schools in the Trust are Combe Down CE Primary School, St Martin's Garden Primary School, Widcombe Infant School, Widcombe CE Junior School, Oldfield Park Infant School, Oldfield Park Junior School, St Philip's CE Primary School, Fitzmaurice Primary School and Ralph Allen School (secondary). The group of local schools was created to enable each one to build on existing good practice and collaborative work, whilst preserving their distinctive ethos and identity.
We all believe we have created something special in our Bath locality by using this structure. We believe that it is of benefit to our young people and our schools.
The Key PAT Values
We want to provide exceptional learning experiences for all in the Trust. The key PAT values for a great education are:
- Professional development
The Palladian Promise
All schools in the Palladian Academy Trust will offer the following learning opportunities to students, so that they can develop a strong character for lifelong learning:
We are named the Palladian Academy Trust because the Palladian Bridge in Prior Park is a local landmark. Since bridges connect people we felt this was a very appropriate emblem of partnership.
Tim Withers, Executive Principal of Ralph Allen School and Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, said:
“The Palladian Academy Trust (PAT) is a partnership that is adding to the opportunities for young people in Bath, with a vision for their personal development and education from 4 - 19. We are really excited about the possibilities a multi-academy trust can offer.
Professional learning is something we feel is particularly important. Working in schools is a rewarding, but also a fast-moving and a demanding job. Training opportunities are always going to be expanded across a partnership. Our aim is that the Trust will be a great place to study, and also to work.”