Saltford Primary School is latest addition to Trust
Saltford Primary School is the latest to join Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.
The Department for Education has given approval for conversion of the successful Church of England primary to academy status from September 1.
Saltford is the second mainstream primary to become part of the expanding trust, which serves an area between Bath and Bristol including parts of north east Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
It will join St John’s in Keynsham, another C of E primary, in WMAT, which also includes two large secondaries, two smaller secondaries and a special school.
Dawn Elliott, head teacher at Saltford, said the school was proud to be in WMAT.
“As part of the trust we are looking forward to working collaboratively to nurture and develop the children in our care. We are really excited about our future journey as part of WMAT,” she said.
Steve Glavin, chair of governors at Saltford, added: “I am absolutely delighted that our school has become part of the WMAT community. Our governing body looked long and hard at all the options available and it soon became very clear that this trust not only held values that were most aligned to our own, but would also allow us to retain our distinct and Christian ethos going forward.
“As early entrants, we are very excited by the opportunity to help shape the primary phase and to participate fully in the evolution of the wider trust.
“I look forward to our children and staff reaping the rewards to be gained from our collaboration.”
WMAT chief executive Andrea Arlidge said: “We are very proud that Saltford Primary School has chosen to join our trust. Saltford is an excellent school and this move will further enhance the strong links with Wellsway School and greatly enhance the strength of our growing family of schools.”