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




  • We're really looking forward to moving our Trust Offices to [HERE] in February 2018. Read more December 15th
  • Ollie the Therapy Dog can't keep his eyes off the chocolate biscuits in Brunel! Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas - See you all in 2018!! Read more December 15th
  • Congratulations and thanks to Alex and Chloe, winners of our 'Chef for Day' competition, for preparing, cooking and serving up yesterday's lunch! 🍴 Read more December 15th
  • The academy celebrates achievements in the CCF '_CCF - Cadets receive berets, badges and certificates as they progress through their cadet journey . Read more December 13th
  • The next generation of leaders practicing their coaching skills as part of their leadership toolkit 😊 Read more December 13th
  • Well done to all the students who performed and sang in the academy Read more December 13th
  • Gardening Club have harvested the last of the vegetables planted on the roof garden last summer, the kitchen will be using them later in the week when the winners of our Chef for a Day competition are announced 🍅🥦🥕👩‍🍳👨‍🍳🍴 Read more December 12th
  • A great performance by Primary choir in a first class acoustic concert hall, students performed Somewhere Over The Rainbow Read more December 12th
  • Smiles all round at Prize Giving last night - celebrating students past & present Read more December 12th
  • A evening for the students - Read more December 12th
  • An evening in memory of Aaron Leonard - Celebrating students past & present, covering awards for extended curriculum, academic achievements, House cups, Bristol values prizes, secondary subject awards & highlighting students displaying outstanding progress & endeavour. Read more December 12th
  • Governors, Academy Directors & Invited Guests took to the stage for an evening of - with thanks to Guest of Honour Professor Hugh Brady Read more December 12th
  • Congratulations to 26 of our students across Y7, Y8 and Y9, who have had poems published in the Young Writers competition Students who win will be given a free copy of the book which includes their published poem! Read more December 11th
  • Well done to all the students who participated in the - learning a variety of programming skills in & inevitably enhancing their future adventures on the game . Read more December 7th
  • Parent Christmas workalong in Reception classes. Read more December 7th
  • Invited students in Y9 have the opportunity of a 2-year project offered by the Spirit of Aviation team. Students were graded throughout a flying workshop in November - an exciting event that could lead onto an opportunity to fly real planes in the future. Read more December 6th
  • New recruits from Y9 tackle the basics of flying, guided by the Spirit of Aviation helpers. Students enjoyed an activity workshop learning to fly drones, helicopters & hovercraft Read more December 6th
  • Kiwi Class enjoyed a visit to to find out more interesting facts about their term topic - students enjoyed the chocolate tastings, excting rides and interactive puzzles. Read more December 6th
  • Highlights from the extracurricular boxing sessions this academic year - students enjoy releasing some... Read more December 6th
  • Opportunities still available to come along to the Fairlawn Primary School 'Open Day' for the September 2018 intake. Come along on Wednesday 10th January at 9.30am or 1.30pm. Call 0117 955 3914 to book a place December 6th