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The Palladian Academy Trust will be launching its own website in autumn 2017.  In the meanwhile we hope that this page answers any questions you may have.

Palladian Academy Trust (PAT)

The Palladian Academy Trust (PAT) is a group of like-minded local schools - all academies – that have chosen to work together in partnership for the benefit of our children’s education.

About the Palladian Academy Trust

The Trust – a group of geographically close secondary, primary, infant and junior schools - will build on existing good practice and collaborative work. It seeks to retain the ethos and identity of each school while enjoying and exploring the benefits of partnership.

The eight schools are:

Combe Down C of E Primary School

Oldfield Park Infant School

Oldfield Park Junior School

Ralph Allen School (secondary school)

St Martin’s Garden Primary School

St Philip’s C of E Primary School

Widcombe Infant School

Widcombe C of E Junior School

The Palladian Academy Trust was formed in 2016. An Executive Leadership Group meets regularly.  This is comprised of the headteachers of each school with Jo Marsh, Chief Operating Officer.  The founder school of the exciting and innovative partnership is Ralph Allen School, itself an academy since 2012.  Each one of the eight headteachers brings a wealth of experience to the group and is passionate about the learning of the young people in their care.  The Palladian Academy Trust is a community of more than three thousand pupils and staff who work in our eight schools, and there is enormous potential for coming together as a community to provide enriched learning opportunities for every member of the Trust.

Why the name ‘Palladian Academy Trust’?  The Palladian bridge in Prior Park is a local landmark and since bridges connect people, the group felt this was a very appropriate emblem. The new logo for the MAT reflects this.

About MATs

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.

Each of the academies within a MAT has a school governing body to which it delegates some of its functions, although the MAT remains overall accountable.

Current government policy is very clear that MAT status is something which is strongly supported, and has the potential to drive further improvement in the education system. This is because of the efficiency and effectiveness of collaboration, and in particular the new possibilities of schools choosing to work together in this way.

The aims of the Palladian Academy Trust 

Tim Withers, Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, said: ‘The Palladian Academy Trust (PAT) is a partnership that will add 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 offers.

‘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.’

Palladian Academy Trust Members

Russell Franks (ex-officio as Chair of Trustees)
Andrea Arlidge
Tess Gale (representing corporate identity of Diocese of Bath and Wells)
Julia Garratt

+1 other foundation member to be appointed)

Palladian Academy Trust board of trustees (directors)

Russell Franks (Chair of Trustees)
Tim Withers (Chief Executive)
Chris James (Chair of Audit and Risk Committee)
Roger Whelan (Chair of Finance and Resources Committee)
Pat Black (Chair of HR, Remuneration and Selection Committee)
Richard Bullard (Foundation Trustee)
Chris Wheeler (Foundation Trustee)
Susie Wright 

+ 4 trustees to be appointed

Committee members and foundation trustees are currently being recruited. Please see the letter to applicants for further details, along with person specification, application form and qualification criteria.

Governance structure 2017/18

Terms of office for members and trustees

Register of Business Interests for Palladian Academy Trust members and trustees

Trustee attendance records at board and committee meetings 2016/17

For Articles of Association and Funding Agreements see

Board meetings 2017-18
Summary notes of Board meeting 14 September 2017
ummary notes of Board meeting 19 October 2017

Photo:  The headteachers of the eight schools which have formed the Palladian Academy Trust, with the Chief Operating Officer, photographed at the Palladian Bridge in Prior Park Garden.