Palladian Academy Trust

The Palladian Academy Trust was formed on 1 July 2016.  Partner schools joining Ralph Allen in the Trust are Combe Down CEVC Primary School, Widcombe Infant School and St Martin's Garden Primary School.  In the process of joining are Widcombe CEVA Junior School, Oldfield Park Infant School, Oldfield Park Junior School and St Philip's CEVC Primary School.  More information will follow on this website in September.  In the meanwhile please see the information below which was posted during the consultation period, December 2015-January 2016.

Frequently asked questions for Ralph Allen School parents and community - click here

Ralph Allen School is proposing that it becomes a multi-academy trust (MAT).

Our MAT would be a group of local schools created to enable each one to build on existing good practice and collaborative work, whilst preserving their distinctive ethos.

All the schools in the MAT would keep their names, individual identities and school uniforms. In the future we could consider working with other secondary schools too.

Governors have consulted with staff, who are in favour of the idea. We all believe that we would be creating something special in our Bath locality by using this structure. We believe that it would be of benefit to our young people and our schools.

Now we would like to consult with parents, to hear what you think about the proposal.

Our single academy has developed strongly. The Department for Education recognises that we have qualities that would enable us to work closely with other schools. The school is now well-placed to broaden the compass of its work through a very experienced and able Leadership Team, governance and staff.

Our Ralph Allen School core values for an inclusive and successful school community are:

  • Respect
  • Team work
  • Personal best

Ralph Allen School has worked to embed its values in recent years, aligning our practice around them. Parents have told us these values resonate strongly with them, as do the Ralph Allen Way and Challenge. We will continue to adopt these values for the MAT.

Our key MAT aims would include:

  • Raised standards through the development and promotion of outstanding teaching and learning across all phases with shared high quality CPD (Continuous Professional Development) and active learning communities for staff.
  • Increased capacity for effective strategic leadership and a strong, clear accountability framework at all levels.
  • Increased capacity opportunities to leverage value for money - developed shared services, income generation provision for all ages.
  • Grow agility, confidence and expertise in our community of learners, staff and leaders resulting in improved performance and personal best.

If we became a MAT we would call ourselves the Palladian Academy Trust. The Palladian bridge in Prior Park is of course a local landmark. Since bridges connect people we felt this was a very appropriate emblem of partnership.

What is a multi-academy trust (MAT)?

A MAT is a group of schools governed by one trust and a single board of directors. The board is responsible for decisions relating to how each academy is run, from curriculum to staffing. The MAT can establish a local governing body for each of its academies, to which it can delegate some of its functions, although the MAT remains overall accountable.

Please let us know what you think

We really want to hear what parents think about the above proposals. Please complete the Survey Monkey:

The consultation will close on Fri 15 January 2016.

The parent information meeting is being held at 4pm on Thursday 7 January in the Leadership Conference Room at the school.  Please come to main reception to sign in.

You can also send your comments to the school by post:  to Miss Y Miles, Principal's PA, Ralph Allen School, Claverton Down Road, Bath  BA2 7AD, hand them in at Reception or phone Miss Miles to leave your comments on 01225 838907.