Strategic Aims

The strategic aims of Merchants’ Academy Trust are

  • To secure high quality education provision that generates high aspirations and achievement
  • To create a network approach to system-led school improvement
  • To ensure all students excel across a range of performance measures
  • To develop outstanding leadership and Governance within our schools and across Merchants’ Academy Trust
  • To create thriving learning communities

The Trust’s strategic aims and ambitions are aligned with those of its sponsor, The Society of Merchant Venturers and of the co-sponsor University of Bristol which also sponsors Merchants’ Academy and Venturers’ Academy.

The condition required for Merchants’ Academy Trust to achieve its ambitions of a focus on every child achieving to their maximum potential will be:

  • The creation of a challenging, engaging and values-led curriculum which focuses on the characteristics, values and habits that last a lifetime curiosity, creativity, confidence, ambition, resilience, optimism, responsibility and emotional intelligence
  • Developing clearly defined challenging goals for English, Maths, Science and the enabling subjects of the Humanities, Languages and Computing as well as core skills
  • Promoting cultural appreciation and a global perspective which will prepare students to take their place as active citizens
  • A strong focus on supporting and engaging parents particularly in the early years and in the most disadvantaged families, with the aim that learning within the school and the wider context is enjoyed by everyone
  • Promoting wider community involvement, including links with businesses and community groups
  • A commitment to distributed leadership across the Trust and to empower staff through supportive and targeted professional learning and development
  • Creating the systems, which enable learning to be at the heart of everything we do

What does this mean for the Trust Community?

For students
A coherent, rich and responsive curriculum that;

  • establishes high aspirations and expectations
  • nurtures and celebrates a range of talents and skills
  • unleashes curiosity and creativity
  • exposes children to new experiences, situations and challenges
  • develops independent minds
  • builds capacity to be reflective, resilient, resourceful, enterprising and self- assured
  • provides stretch and challenge
  • supports the development of healthy minds and bodies
  • a respect and responsibility for family, community and the environment

For parents

  • a commitment to working in partnership with parents
  • an active involvement in their child’s education

For staff

  • development of a professional learning community
  • commitment to a planned programme of Continuing Professional Learning and Development for all staff
  • growing our own leaders, teachers and support staff
  • responsive and registering the difference in care needs of our school community

For governors

  • commitment to excellent training
  • thoughtful use of the skills and talents of current governors and considered succession planning
  • participation in a range of school activities
  • a sense of the benefit of contributing to the ongoing development and furtherance of the schools within the Trust

For the Trust partners

  • support the dissemination of best practice across the family of schools – innovation, policy and practice, systems, research, pedagogy
  • enable expertise, leaders, materials and support services to be shared across schools
  • enable more efficient and effective use of resources
  • strengthen and coordinate community, business and university links for students and staff