The Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust is a charitable schools trust that exists with the single legal and moral purpose: to advance education for public benefit.
This means we are a group of likeminded schools working in collaboration as one entity to improve and maintain high educational standards within and beyond our own schools. Our core purpose is to ensure that Every Child Achieves.
At the Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust we believe that every child can thrive and be successful at school. We know that the results of our actions positively impact on the life chances of all children.
We care deeply about ensuring we provide a safe, nurturing environment that enables children to develop a strong sense of self, community and an advanced understanding of their responsibilities to themselves and others.
At the Bridgwater & Tauton College Trust we promise to provide rich and diverse opportunities that will stretch individuals, raise their aspirations and broaden their horizons. We work tirelessly and with an unconditional positive regard to prepare children to be ready for the next stage in their life and personal growth.
The vision that we have for our Trust is one in which ‘Every Child Achieves’ and as such we work tirelessly to ensure that we know each child, that they are well taught and have access to great facilities and opportunities to develop academically and personally. We are in the relentless pursuit of excellence within a culture of no barriers and no excuses to achievement. Every child in our care will be supported and challenged to be highly successful and will be incredibly well prepared for the next stage in their life long journey of learning.
To inspire the young people of our community to achieve success and the best possible outcomes by providing education based upon outstanding teaching and learning, highly supportive environments and the celebration of diversity.
Where We Live
Details of what the area is like in Bridgwater and West and South Somerset
Bridgwater is a historic market town in Somerset on the M5 between Bristol and Exeter in the Southwest, with a population of about 37,000. It is on the edge of the Somerset Levels with the Mendip Hills to the north and the Quantock Hills to the west. It has been a major port and trading centre, and maintains a large industrial base. Today it has become a major distribution centre (NHS, Argos, agricultural businesses) with its links to the motorway. The major development today is the approval of the Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor. This means there are major projects underway for houses, hotels and roads between Bridgwater and Hinkley Point.
However it also contains some of the most impoverished communities on its estates, and the general level of deprivation amongst parts of the population is high. Both Bridgwater College and Hamp Academies are contributing to combating the educational issues that arise because of these issues.
Brymore Academy is situated in Cannington, a large village, approximately 3 miles west of Bridgwater and considered the "gateway" to the Quantock Hills. Brymore Academy is a State boarding school for boys and students benefit from a 110 acre farm and extensive horticultural facilities giving a completely a different aspect to the Bridgwater schools.
Maiden Beech Academy is located in Crewkerne, an historic and attractive stone built country Market Town in the South Somerset Hills. Maiden Beech Academy is a middle school for children between the ages of 9-13 years and serves the town of Crewkerne and the surrounding communities.
Otterhampton Primary School is located in the village of Combwich. In the past it served as a port for the export of local produce and the import of timber. However in more recent times there has been a long association with Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station with many retired and current employees living in the village. The school has suffered a drop in pupil numbers over the last few years.
Stanchester Academy caters for children aged 11-16 years and is situated in Stoke Sub Hamdon, a large village 5 miles west of Yeovil. The parish is located near the River Parrett and the village stretches around Ham Hill which is a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest, Iron Age Hill Fort, Roman Site and Country park.
West Somerset College is on the outskirts of Minehead, a seaside town known to many for its “Butlins holiday camp” much upgraded from the Fifties. It is now a predominantly retirement town for its resident population, and consequently suffers from a lack of young people who stay for education and work.