Becoming an Academy

On 1st November 2016 St Philip's Primary School became a member of the Palladian Academy Trust (PAT). The new multi-academy trust (MAT) is a group of like-minded local schools - all academies – that have chosen to work together in partnership for the benefit of our children’s education. The Trust, a group of geographically close secondary, primary, infant and junior schools, will build on existing good practice and collaborative work. It will seek to retain the ethos and identity of each school while enjoying and exploring the benefits of partnership.

 The eight schools are:

  • Combe Down C of E Primary School
  • Oldfield Park Infant School
  • Oldfield Park Junior School
  • Ralph Allen School (secondary school)
  • St Martin’s Garden Primary School
  • St Philip’s C of E Primary School
  • Widcombe Infant School
  • Widcombe C of E Junior School



The Palladian Academy Trust is currently a community of more than three thousand pupils and staff who work in our eight schools, and there is enormous potential for coming together as a local community to provide enriched learning opportunities for every member of the Trust.

 Palladian Academy Trust  Information

For information on the Palladian Academy Trust, click here.



For all correspondence and enquiries, please contact:

Palladian Academy Trust
Ralph Allen School
Claverton Down Road
Yvonne Miles
P.A to Tim Withers, CEO
01225 832936 ext. 349 / 01225 838013 DDI
Tim Withers
Chief Executive Officer 
Jo Marsh
Chief Operating Officer 


Why the name ‘Palladian Academy Trust’?

The Palladian Bridge in Prior Park is a local landmark and since bridges connect people, the group felt this was a very appropriate emblem. The new logo for the Trust reflects this.

About MATs

A MAT is a group of schools governed by one trust and a single board of directors. The board is responsible for decisions relating to how each academy is run, from curriculum to staffing.

Each of the academies within a MAT has a school governing body to which it delegates some of its functions, although the MAT remains accountable overall.

What the Palladian Academy Trust aims to do

The Palladian Academy Trust (PAT) will be a partnership that will add to the opportunities for young people in Bath, with a vision for their personal development and education from 4 - 19.  We are really excited about the possibilities a multi-academy trust will offer.

Professional learning is something we feel is particularly important. Working in schools is a rewarding, but also a fast-moving and a demanding job. Training opportunities are always going to be expanded across a partnership.

Our aim is that the Trust will be a great place to study, and also to work.



Academies/Jan 2018 newsletter, letter from TW.pdf

Academies/PAT trustee letter Jan 2017.pdf

Academies/PAT trustee Application  form 2017.pdf

Academies/PAT Person Spec for Trustees.pdf

Academies/PAT trustee disqualification form 2017.pdf




Additional information

Funding agreement - St Philip's CofE Primary School.pdf

St Philip's SFA.pdf

Newsletter - academy Status.pdf

Academies/PAT business interests register 201718 STP.pdf