Venturers Trust

VenturersTrust Logo RGBVenturers Trust is a Multi Academy Trust based in Bristol formed through the merger of CGS Trust and Merchants’ Academy Trust in September 2017. Comprising Primary, Secondary, all-age schools and a Special school the Trust has 3,200 pupils and 700 staff. The Trust is sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol.

Our Academies are happy, vibrant and exciting place to learn and work and we take seriously the fact that our students only get one chance at an excellent education. We have high expectations and strive to ensure that everyone in our Academy communities are able to take advantage of the best available facilities and opportunities during their time with us.

We are committed to ensuring that our Academies provide a stimulating, caring and orderly environment in which to learn and grow.

We foster a culture of confidence, ambition, resilience and self-discipline amongst our students and aim to equip them with the skills necessary for life to succeed in an ever-changing, highly technological world. We place high importance upon developing a genuine love of learning within a creative environment with traditional values of hard work, honesty, integrity and respect. Our commitment is to ensure that each of our young people is inspired whether it be their intention to progress through our Sixth Forms and on to university or into apprenticeships and employment. Preparing our students to be able to contribute positively to society in the future is essential to our work and purpose.

Our Academies are sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol which brings significant unique advantages and opportunities for our students who benefit from unrivalled enhancement both to their curricular and co-curricular experiences as a direct result of this important partnership. Our staff and governors are highly qualified, experienced and dedicated to the development and progress of our students.




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  • Orca Class had a DigiMakers workshop delivered by 4 engineers from the University of Bristol. We used coding to create Tamagotchis which we made sing, smile, laugh and sleep! Then we created & customised our virtual pets' faces, coded messages & created programs using micro:bit.— The Dolphin School () February 22, 2024 February 22nd
  • Spring is in the air! It's lovely to see the flowers in bloom, what a lovely sight to greet us each morning.  Thanks to all who helped in the garden or donated bulbs & plants last year and to community champions for donating bedding plants to brighten up our driveway🥀💐🪻— The Dolphin School () February 15, 2024 February 15th
  • Year 3 made fantatstic colour flowers in French today to talk about their favourite colour in French.Ma couleur préférée est le vert. Et toi?Quelle est ta couleur préférée?— The Dolphin School () February 8, 2024 February 8th
  • Some of the children celebrating 's last week— The Dolphin School () February 6, 2024 February 6th
  • 🥞 FRENCH PANCAKE DAY - Did you know that France has two pancake days!? On Friday this week many people in France will celebrate 'la Chandleur' by making French pancakes - les crêpes! Here is a video if you would like to have a go at making some at home Read more— The Dolphin School () February 1, 2024 February 1st
  • Bravo to all the children who took part in the are some of our fantastic winter characters from Year 2!— The Dolphin School () January 19, 2024 January 19th
  • We are looking forward to welcoming back all our pupils tomorrow, Wednesday. We've missed you all!— The Dolphin School () January 2, 2024 January 2nd
  • Dolphin staff are getting in the christmas spirit! 🎄🎅☃️🎁— The Dolphin School () December 14, 2023 December 14th
  • The wonderful in reception class have created, written, illustrated and recorded their very own accesible story, 'We're going on an alien hunt' - check it out below Read more— The Dolphin School () December 11, 2023 December 11th
  • We are so proud of our reception children for performing their fabulous nativity to both parents and fellow pupils this week— The Dolphin School () December 8, 2023 December 8th
  • In preparation for World Mental Health Day, we shared some important homework from in yesterday’s assembly. Let’s get talking! Read more— The Dolphin School () October 10, 2023 October 10th
  • Throw back to World Languages Day last month where we celebrated all the we speak in our school and learned some new ones too! A huge thank you to students and who made the day happen!— The Dolphin School () October 9, 2023 October 9th