Bristol Cathedral Choir School
The opening of Cathedral Primary School forms a new family of schools for Bristol, together with our partner school, Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS).
BCCS is Bristol’s oldest school, tracing its origins back to the establishment of St Augustine’s Abbey in the 12th century, and possibly even earlier. In September 2008, it became an 11-18 co-educational Academy, specialising in Music and Mathematics. Since then, it has consistently been Bristol’s most over-subscribed secondary school.
Cathedral Primary School children will benefit substantially from links with the Academy. They will have access to many BCCS facilities, including the modern dining hall in the Cresswell Centre, outdoor play areas and the senior school’s state-of-the-art music centre. In addition, BCCS staff will often be on hand to provide specialist subject expertise and we will be encouraging some students in the secondary school to work with the primary children. The primary school will nonetheless be a separate school, with contact between senior and primary school pupils strictly limited for safety and safeguarding reasons, including at break times and lunch time.
For more information, visit the BCCS website.
Cathedral Schools Trust - CST
Cathedral Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust based in the South West. The trust currently includes Bristol Cathedral Choir School (a secondary academy since 2008), Cathedral Primary School (a primary free school that opened in 2013), Headley Park Primary School and Victoria Park Primary Schools (which joined CST in August 2017).
We were approved in September 2016 to open a new secondary free school in Bristol (CST Trinity Academy) with a provisional opening date of September 2019. Cathedral Schools Trust is hoping to grow further over the next 2 years and to develop with both secondary and primary provision.
Cathedral Schools Trust believes in education that encourages young people to be imaginative, knowledgeable, hopeful and equipped to make significant decisions. It believes children should be safe, healthy and happy. Our core values are derived from Christian teachings and are representative of all faiths. Cathedral Schools Trust believes that children will benefit if they learn reverence for one another and for the wider world. The trust welcomes children of all faiths and none.
The trust hopes to create a community of learning that embraces teachers, students and their families, who learn from one another. Strong and trusting relationships are at the heart of good education. The trust values diversity and encourages excellence. We hope that students will be full of hope and a force for good in the world. Music will play an important role in the life of our schools, enhancing the sense of community via performance and celebration. The focus will be on working in partnership, with a rigorous but collegiate approach to support and challenge school leaders, staff and governors. The MAT will be fully inclusive and will include both non-faith community schools and Church of England schools. It will support and build leadership and management capacity, and it will value and encourage the continual professional learning of staff. We will always seek to improve.