Untitled 1Welcome 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 3,200 pupils and 700 staff.

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

Our Academies are happy, vibrant and exciting place to learn and work and we take seriously the fact that our children and young people only get one chance at an excellent education. We have high expectations and strive to ensure that everyone in our Academy communities are able to take advantage of the best available facilities and opportunities during their time with us.

We are committed to ensuring that our Academies provide a stimulating, caring and orderly environment in which to learn and grow.

We foster a culture of confidence, ambition, resilience and self-discipline amongst our learners and aim to equip them with the skills necessary for life to succeed in an ever-changing, highly technological world. We place high importance upon developing a genuine love of learning within a creative environment with traditional values of hard work, honesty, integrity and respect. Our commitment is to ensure that each of our children and young people is inspired whether it be their intention to progress through our Sixth Forms and on to university or into apprenticeships and employment. Preparing them to be able to contribute positively to society in the future is essential to our work and purpose.

Our Academies are sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol which brings significant unique advantages and opportunities for our children and young people who benefit from unrivalled enhancement both to their curricular and co-curricular experiences as a direct result of this important partnership. Our staff and governors are highly qualified, experienced and dedicated to the development and progress of everyone in our academies.

Dr Hilary Macaulay
Chief Executive
Venturers Trust




  • The progress seen in Mathematics in such a short period of time is remarkable and totally transformational October 18th
  • Merchants' Primary Nursey see new book Bella and the Bluebird about diversity and equality Read more October 17th
  • The Lord Mayor of Bristol pops in to say hello to the Fairlawn pupils! Read more October 16th
  • Calling all schools in Bristol! Join our event with and hear how they're transforming maths teaching Read more October 14th
  • Well done to the newly appointed Primary Head Boy: Elijah Lavin, Head Girl: Darcey Hodgson & Deputies: Mason Jewell & Leigh Quayle Read more October 14th
  • Brilliant morning with Lots of shared ideas for working together. Thanks so much for your time. Read more October 13th
  • Student Council members meet with their Head of Primary to decide on the new Primary logo going forward next term Read more October 13th
  • Mrs Hearn makes an exciting announcement in assembly - Who are the new Y6 Head Students & their Deputies??? Read more October 13th
  • It's Time - Primary join together to be thankful for the food they have & to share it with their local community Read more October 13th
  • Great visit from Councillor Helen Holland this morning to talk about building even stronger community links with Merchants' Academy. Read more October 13th
  • Elected Prefects from Y11, Y12 & Y13 enjoy an afternoon tea with their Principal, Chair of Governors & their families Read more October 11th
  • Kingfisher children were invited to formally reopen the Co-op following its period of refurbishment. Read more October 9th
  • A great send off for Prof Ros Sutherland! Great to see so many attend her veladictory lecture - the School of Education will miss you! Read more October 5th
  • Come along to our Sixth Form Open Evening - We are here until 8pm! Read more October 5th
  • continues on the skiff boat - pieces have been jigsawed out & initial clamping in place has began Read more October 5th
  • Interested in learning more about Maths & their classes at MA? Look out for helpful Maths pointers each month -Join their Twitter group!👍 Read more October 5th
  • Find out about A-Level & BTEC Level 3 courses on offer in 6thForm. Meet teachers & students & see the Academy's great facilities Read more October 4th
  • Many thanks to for coming in to deliver an assembly on for this morning Read more October 4th
  • The smart 6thForm Centre is open tomorrow eve -Students looking for a place to continue their education post 16, pop along & find out more Read more October 4th
  • Our special Harvest Festival assembly with Reverend Garrett - Thank you all for your kind generosity of donations for our local Food Bank. Read more October 4th