The Cabot Learning Federation is one of the most mature Multi-Academy Trusts in the South West. The CLF currently sponsors 15 academies: six primary academies, seven mainstream secondary academies, an all-through academy and a Studio School. In addition the CLF has a discrete Post 16 provision, located across six of our sites in the East Bristol / South Gloucestershire area, and a primary and a secondary re-engagement centre serving the same area. Together we educate 8000 children between the ages of 3 and 19.
The CLF was initially formed with soft federation between John Cabot Academy and Bristol Brunel Academy in 2007. This went on to become a hard federation in 2009 when Bristol Metropolitan Academy joined. In 2011, we added two more academies to our family when Hans Price Academy in Weston-super-Mare and King’s Oak Academy in Kingswood, Bristol joined us. In September 2012, our family continued to grow with five new arrivals. Bath Community Academy joined as our sixth secondary academy and four primary schools in Bristol meant that for the first time we educated students from the ages of 3-19. We were subsequently joined by Wallscourt Farm Academy (2013), Hanham Woods Academy (2014) and Digitech Studio School (2015).
Our primary academy partners are Begbrook Primary, Minerva Primary, Frome Vale, Summerhill and Wallscourt Farm Academies. In September 2014, Hanham Woods Academy joined us followed by Digitech Studio School Bristol which opened in September 2015. King’s Oak Academy changed from being a secondary academy to all-through in September 2015, welcoming its first cohort of Reception children. In June 2016 City Academy Bristol joined our family and in September 2016 the range of provision increased with the opening of Haywood Village Academy in Weston-super-mare, our first primary academy in North Somerset.
In the Federation we believe that students come first and that every child can find a route to happiness, prosperity and success. The Federation was created to enable staff to work more closely together to deliver the best education possible for the pupils who attend our academies. We are proud of the improvements we have seen in exam results and more of our students than ever before, now have qualifications that stand comparison with other young people across the South West. This has enabled us to develop a federation Post 16 with over 500 students staying in full time education after their GCSE courses have finished.
CLF became a Teaching School in 2011 and a Maths Hub in 2014. These designations formed the basis of what is now the CLF Institute, an overarching hub for training and research, allowing us to share more strategies and ideas to raise the quality of education for the children in our academies. In September 2016 we will be opening a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provision, where we will train and accredit teachers for both our academies and the wider education sector in the South West.