Multi Academy Trust -The Minerva Learning Trust

Welcome to the Minerva Learning Trust.


The Minerva Learning Trust is a group of schools in West Dorset, working in partnership “to create an outstanding, inspirational and inclusive learning community that meets the needs of all young people for their present and future global citizenship”. (Memorandum of Understanding)

All of the schools within the partnership have chosen to come together to share expertise, resources and experience for the benefit of the young people in their community.  This is not a sponsored academy Trust but one which has seen the benefits of working together and believes that they are best placed to understand and meet the needs of the children in their care. 

The schools involved - Bridport Primary School, Burton Bradstock CE School, St Mary’s CE  School and The Sir John Colfox Academy - all share the view that improving the quality of teaching and learning is best done through collaboration, sharing and joint activities.  They share a fundamental belief  that education should be exciting, nurturing, challenging and fulfilling for all those involved and seek to achieve this through joint events for students, sharing of good practice amongst staff and working closely with parents and the local community.  We are committed to providing an exceptional  education which successfully prepares students for their role in the modern world.

We hope you enjoy reading more about our Trust and our vision for education in our area.




Executive Principal Kay Taylor

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“This is an exciting time”, said the newly appointed Executive Principal Kay Taylor.  “We have a very clear vision of what education in Bridport should be like and how we can make things better for our staff, students and parents by working together.  Now at last we get the chance to start putting the vision into practice”.

Since the publication of the recent Education White Paper and the announcement that all schools will become Academies there has been a lot of controversy about the Academies programme.

The schools in the Minerva Learning Trust have all chosen to work together because they believe collaboration, rather than a competitive approach to education, is better.  They are looking forward to the extra freedom they have over the curriculum and to using the extra funding they receive creatively for the benefit of the young people in their care. 

“This is a great opportunity to develop our own vision of outstanding education”, said Kay Taylor.  “We will be working together to ensure a more seamless education from age 4 to 19 and that will benefit everyone”.  The Trust has ambitions to develop more Expressive Arts opportunities, to support more sporting events and provide a curriculum which will lead to outstanding learning opportunities.

“This is the chance for us, as leaders in our schools, to grasp our own destiny and shape our own future”, said Kay Taylor, “and we look forward to our vision becoming reality in the next few years”.