Palladian Academy Trust

The Palladian Academy Trust will be launching its own website in autumn 2018.  In the meanwhile we hope that this page answers any questions you may have. Please scroll down for governance information.

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 Team meets regularly.  This is comprised of the headteachers of each school with Tim Withers, Chief Executive Officer and 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.

Working with the Diocese

Palladian Academy Trust has a very warm relationship with the Church of England Diocese of Bath and Wells. Our Articles of Association are those designed for use in a MAT containing both faith and community schools and the Diocese retains a number of powers and checks to ensure that the culture of the MAT remains supportive to schools with a faith character.

We have representatives from the Church sitting as both Members and Trustees of PAT although we have dialogue with the Diocese to make sure that we work together to recruit people who can contribute to the skills set required by the Board of Trustees.

  • 40% of Members and 33% of Trustees are nominated by the Diocese
  • The composition of the SGB of a C of E school is on an 'as is' basis i.e. that the proportions of foundation governors remains the same as prior to the conversion
  • Land is not leased or transferred for C of E schools, but continues on the existing model (apart from LA playing fields which are transferred on a 125 year lease)
  • The Scheme of Delegation to the SGB and the Academy Articles will safeguard the foundation and aims of the school - 'Christian character'
  • Changes to the Scheme of Delegation for a C of E school have to be agreed with the Diocesan Director of Education
  • The Diocese offer is not just to Church schools - they have a concept of 'extended family'.

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)
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 specificationapplication form and qualification criteria.

Governance structure 2017/18

Terms of office for members and trustees

Register of Business interests 2017/18 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

Palladian Academy Trust company details

Head office address:  Claverton Down Road, Bath  BA2 7AD

Company number: 08061092

The Palladian Academy Trust was formed on 1 June 2016

Palladian Academy Trust Articles of Association

Deed of Variation of the Funding Agreement for Ralph Allen School

Palladian Academy Trust Master Funding Agreement

Supplemental Funding Agreement for Ralph Allen School

Ralph Allen School Value for money statement 2013-14

Report of the Trustees and Financial statements for year ended 31.08.2014

Report of the Trustees and Financial statements for year ended 31.08.2015

Report of the Trustees and Financial statements for year ended 31.08.2016

Report of the Trustees and Financial statements for year ended 31.08.2017

Palladian Academy Trust Governance Structure 2017-18

Trustee attendance records at board and committee meetings 2016/17

Register of business interests 2017/18

Governance Framework (Scheme of delegation)