Welcome to Venturers

Welcome to Venturers Trust, a Multi Academy Trust based in Bristol formed through the merger of CGS Trust and Merchants’ Academy Trust in September 2017. Comprising Primary, Secondary, all-age schools and a Special school the Trust has 3,500 pupils and 700 staff.

The Trust is sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol.

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  • Years 1 and 2 visited to learn about habitats as part of their topic "Are we animals?" They got to see and touch rats and leopard geckos, learning about what animals need from their environments and how they adapt to their climate. Read more May 25th
  • The Mayor lead an assembly with Y10-Y13's, discussing his childhood & attending school in Bristol - discussing aspirations & not being scared of failure. He reminded students to choose friends wisely & to take advantage of the excellent local careers opportunities Read more May 25th
  • Y9 trip today to City Hall. An informative visit exploring council chambers & discussing the variety of jobs available. Students where delighted to meet Marvin Rees to ask a selection of career questions Read more May 24th
  • A successful Venturers Trust Spelling Bee competition - the first of its kind- was held at Merchants' Academy Primary on Tuesday. Teams from & competed head to head in numerous rounds Read more May 23rd
  • Mr Gruffydd took a team of Year 3 and Year 4 children to take part in the Crazy Climb event at Redpoint Climbing Centre yesterday. The children really pushed themselves beyond what they thought was possible! Amazing effort, resilience and behaviour. Read more May 22nd
  • Gumboot dancing workshop with year 6 Read more May 22nd
  • were joint winners of the Venturers Trust Spelling Bee today! We are all so proud of you, and Miss Barker, for your hard work and for bringing the trophy home! Read more May 22nd
  • We were so pleased to welcome to Barton Hill Academy today! The whole school were treated to an energetic choir performance during assembly this morning, followed by different workshops. The sounds of singing, drumming and dancing have been lovely to listen to. 🇿🇦 Read more May 22nd
  • Secondary students arrive at Ashton Gate stadium ready for the Disability Football Festival! Read more May 21st
  • Helping you tackle online safety issues: View the free e-safety magazine - it aims to keep you up to date with any risks or issues & offers practical guidance. Read more May 21st
  • Parent/Carer info: It can be challenging to keep up to speed with what young people are doing online. Are you puzzled by parental controls or want to understand gaming better? Help & guidance can be found here - Read more May 21st
  • Our spring chicks have hatched! These fluffy little beauties have been giving us all plenty of joy and entertainment since they arrived last week. The children (and staff) have had lots of cuddles and it's been so lovely listening to them chirp. 🐣 Read more May 17th
  • The students throughout Secondary today are acknowledging with teachers encouraging maths within their subject and students are looking at maths in real life during their PSHE sessions. Read more May 16th
  • Our superstar KS2 Engineers have been working hard to design the vehicle of the future! Don’t forget to email your entry before Friday! Read more May 16th
  • We love our new banners. We have one on each entrance 😀 Read more May 14th
  • All the fun of the fair! Read more May 14th
  • Big thanks to Gloucester Rd, Bristol for donating supplies for our Spring Fair. It helped us raise important funds for our new playground. May 14th
  • Wishing all of our Year 6 and Year 2 pupils a gigantic GOOD LUCK this week in their SATs. You have all worked so hard for this and we are extremely proud of you!! ✏️ May 14th
  • The Y6 boys love our dress-up hats! Read more May 14th
  • The students met a hissing cockroach from Madagascar. - cockroaches only hiss when they are scared. Read more May 14th

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Academies colour coded by hub:

  • Merchants' Academy
  • Venturers' Academy
  • Bannerman Road Community Academy
  • The Dolphin School
  • The Kingfisher School
  • Barton Hill Academy
  • Fairlawn School
  • Colston's Girls' School