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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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  • Come and join our fabulous school - the heart and future of the community! Here’s just a taster of what we have been up to in the last year! We have just a few spaces in Year 1 - 6. Call the school office to book on a tour!— The Dolphin School () September 18, 2023 September 18th
  • Skiing, caving, archery and tobogganing - what more would you expect in the day in a life of Year 6 camp?! A great time was had today. Now for a D.I.S.C.O. before home tomorrow!— The Dolphin School () September 14, 2023 September 14th
  • Year 6 had such a fun swimming at camp today! A huge thank you to and for lending us Mr Laken and Mrs Davies this afternoon to make swimming happen! We were all so proud of all the pupils encouraged each other!— The Dolphin School () September 13, 2023 September 13th
  • What a beautiful evening for some free time at Year 6 camp! Readers in the wild and team work at sunset!— The Dolphin School () September 11, 2023 September 11th
  • It’s a busy day at The Dolphin School! Lots of children showing our value ! Reception class first day AND Year 6 have left for camp! Thanks to all the families who helped with the luggage and waved them off this morning!— The Dolphin School () September 11, 2023 September 11th
  • Attendance Hero week culminated in these attendance heroes having squash and biscuits with Mrs Wells! They are very pleased with their attendance hero bear mascots! To be an attendance hero we are Here, Everyday, Ready to learn, On time!— The Dolphin School () September 8, 2023 September 8th
  • Thank you to from Operation Topaz for joining us today to deliver staff training increasing the awareness and understanding of CCE.— The Dolphin School () September 4, 2023 September 4th
  • Good luck to Miss Gard who is once again flying the flag for Team GB this weekend - this time in the European Middle Distance Triathon! Good luck tomorrow!— The Dolphin School () August 26, 2023 August 26th
  • It’s almost the end of term! We’ve had a great year and are looking forward to September already (although I’m sure we will enjoy a bit of a rest first!). Here’s the link to our end of year newsletter: Read more — The Dolphin School () July 20, 2023 July 20th
  • Thank you to Andri from for talking with Year 4-6 today on the risks of social media and criminal exploitation in person/online. She talked about the importance of telling our trusted adults and reporting to police— The Dolphin School () July 10, 2023 July 10th
  • We are hiring! Come and join our fantastic team - the heart and future of the community! Read more— The Dolphin School () July 6, 2023 July 6th
  • We had the best time at ⁦⁦⁦⁩Our children drummed their hearts out.They practiced hard and made their own costumes. They even took charge of Mr Lung’s face paint. As always, they are the heart and future of the community.⁦⁦⁩— The Dolphin School () July 1, 2023 July 1st