Welcome from the CEO

Every member of the Venturers Trust community shares a determination to ensure that each young person, through the transformative value of education, will be inspired to achieve their hopes for the future. We have a moral responsibility to provide our students with a high-quality education that not only encourages curiosity, but equips them with the confidence, ambition and skills to pursue their goals and contribute positively to society.

Education really can change lives for the better and it is essential that we nurture the potential of every student, regardless of their background or starting point. Against the guiding principle ‘work hard, be kind’, I believe that anything is possible.

You will see from our mission, vision and values that people are at the heart of Venturers Trust. Our pupils and their families, as well as teachers, teaching assistants, staff, principals, governors and central support staff all have unique qualities, abilities, talents and potential and we see no limits to what our Trust community can achieve. 

By providing genuine opportunities to develop expertise, share best practice, form partnerships both within and beyond the Trust, and provide the right level of support and challenge to our Academy Leadership Teams, together we can close the gap too often caused by disadvantage and improve the life chances of all young people.


David watson obe



 David Watson OBE

Chief Executive Officer



  • As Joe Wicks delivers his final workout session to the nation's pupils and their families, explains why teachers should be paying close attention to some of his teaching techniques Read more July 22nd
  • Top tips for face coverings: ➡️ Cover your nose and mouth fully ➡️ Avoid touching the front of it ➡️ Change your face covering if it gets damp or if you have touched the front of it ➡️ Do not share your face covering with others ➡️ Wash it regularly July 22nd
  • 😎 Holiday French Club starts next week! All levels welcome, Y3-6. Wednesdays 5-5.35pm 'live' via Zoom 4 weekly of online lessons for £16. Book a place for your child here: Read more Read more July 22nd
  • Thank you for a fantastic day of activities for summer school. The students and staff loved it!!! We are so grateful for all the work you do with Merchants’ Academy. It is amazing! Read more July 22nd
  • Last session before lunch! The students have enjoyed 3 sessions with the in the sun ☀️ doing a variety of activities. They are trying really hard and loving all the challenges! Read more July 22nd
  • Great to see that Summer School continues as normally as possible. Read more July 22nd
  • All of the staff would like to wish our children and families a very happy holiday. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all in September. Read more July 22nd
  • Students in summer school following social distancing measures that have been put into place at Merchants Academy and making new friends at the same time. Read more July 22nd
  • Last day today. I have LOVED my time as Vice Principal of this wonderful school and I feel very lucky. 🥰 I will miss the children, the staff and the parents and Fairlawn will always have a special place in my heart. 💚 Read more July 22nd
  • Remember to check into the website in the coming months - Read more - read the resources and take part in their Name Consultation Questionnaire. Read more July 22nd
  • That’s all for now everyone! Have a great summer! We’re all off for a nap! Thank you to all our incredible staff team - have a great break! Read more July 22nd
  • Thank you ⁦⁩ for your hard work over the whole year and more recently in these unprecedented times. hard be kind 👍🏾 Read more July 22nd
  • CGS announce their name consultation is open - Please join in with students old and new, staff and stakeholders as they begin discussions on what the future holds. Submit your consultation questionnaire online via their website. Read more July 17th
  • Wishing you all the luck in your next career step. Read more July 15th
  • Staff enjoyed a well deserved ice cream at our Year 6 Leavers! Read more July 15th
  • Year 6 Leavers is underway with some Boules! Read more July 14th
  • Fantastic news! Read more July 14th
  • Our blended curriculum has ensured the successful implementation of online and increased involvement of parents. We are rightfully proud of the adaptations made and the impact of this innovative work in supporting our brilliant students and families Read more July 13th
  • So privileged to hear the powerful personal challenge from on the encouragement & support needed for black leaders and black teachers in the south west, curriculum opportunity, the need to listen and be kind ‘seek first to understand’ Thankyou from our team Read more July 10th
  • The children were having a splashing time outdoors this week mixing powder paints and creating different prints using paints in the puddles. ☂️🖌️ It looks very effective and no clearing up afterwards! 🤗 Read more July 10th