|Motto||We Learn Together!|
Eight Schools One Journey Infinite Destinations
|Formation||August 17, 2010|
|Type||Private limited company|
|Purpose||To provide high quality education and personal development for young people, strongly rooted in its communities.|
|Headquarters||Station Road, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3AQ|
The Wessex Learning Trust (formerly The Kings of Wessex Academy Trust) is a British general secondary education conglomerate, controlling eight schools in the Cheddar Valley area of Somerset. It comprises six schools accommodating students between the ages of 2 and 9, one middle school accommodating students between the ages of 9 and 13, and one upper school catering for students between the ages of 13 and 18, including a sixth form. On the trust's website, it states that their aim is to "offer a world class, 21st century education for all young people between the ages of 2 and 18, by providing outstanding learning opportunities and creating centres of educational excellence that meet the needs of all children."
The Wessex Learning Trust was founded as The Kings of Wessex Academy Trust, and registered at Companies House on 17 August 2010 by Christopher Murray Richardson. Richardson was the then-headteacher of The Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar, Somerset and created the trust with eight schools from the local area joining imminently. On 9 May 2016 it was renamed the Wessex Learning Trust and on 1 September 2017, Gavin Ball (the former headteacher of Frome College) was appointed as Executive Headteacher, succeeding Richardson. This followed Richardson's departure a day earlier.
In the future, the trust wishes to open a new primary school, accommodating students between the age of 4 and 11, in the new communities of Brue Farm and Isleport in Somerset. The trust say that "...It will be free to attend and highly inclusive with a distinctive Church of England character, and will offer its pupils the opportunity to grow and develop under-pinned by Christian values."
—Former Executive Headteacher Chris Richardson, speaking about the Wessex Learning Trust.
Since 2010, the trust has compromised the following schools:
- The Kings of Wessex Academy
- Hugh Sexey Church of England Middle School
- Axbridge Church of England First School Academy
- Brent Knoll Church of England Primary School
- East Brent Church of England Academy
- Lympsham Church of England Academy
- Mark First and Pre School Church of England Academy
- Weare Academy First School
- Wedmore First School Academy
A proposed ninth school is Wessex Church of England Primary Academy in Highbridge.
The trust members are Martin Davey, Brian Kirkup, the Reverend Richard Neill of St Mary's Church, Wedmore, and Richard Oliver. Below them, on the board of directors, are Gavin Ball, the Reverend John Angle of St Andrew's Church, Cheddar, James Colquhoun, Alan Davies, Sheridan Flavin, Marie Getheridge, Paul Jacobs, Brian Kirkup, Susan Moreman, Gareth Smith, Kevin Walke and Gareth Woodcock.
- "WESSEX LEARNING TRUST - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
- "WESSEX LEARNING TRUST - Officers (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-02-18.