A celebratory dinner was held at Weston College to mark Herons’ Moor Academy becoming the latest addition to join the new multi-academy trust – Inspirational Futures Trust.

Local dignitaries, including Weston-super-Mare mayor, Cllr Mrs Rosslyn Wills, joined with staff from the Academy, Weston College and the Inspirational Futures Trust.

This new multi-academy trust is sponsored by Weston College, and has been set-up to raise aspirations and offer inclusive learning at all levels. Through collaboration and partnership the Inspirational Futures Trust academies will provide all young people in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset and the wider region with enriching academic, professional and technical programmes which prepare them for successful careers and healthy, confident and active livelihoods.

Dr Paul Phillips, Principal and CEO of Weston College, said: “Weston College has worked extensively with Herons’ Moor Academy for many years. The Academy has now become part of the Inspirational Futures Trust and I am delighted that as sponsor of this organisation the College can further advance the fortunes of the academy; but most importantly the learning opportunities for all these young people who attend.

“When we established the Trust it was for the moral imperative of raising standards of teaching and learning in both North Somerset and Bristol. I am very pleased to be associated with this dynamic advancement and would wish to pay credit to Jacqui Ford from Weston College, Andrew Leighton-Price and Julie Fox from Herons’ Moor Academy for their insight and dedication”.

Herons’ Moor Academy is the first primary to join the Inspirational Futures Trust, which is an expanding sponsor of academies that was established in 2014 to enable children and young people to realise and exceed their potential in their education and careers. The Trust aims to provide bespoke support at every level of education, with specialisms in primary, secondary, special and alternative education sectors, and has a board with representatives from business, industry and higher education.

Julie Fox, Head at Herons’ Moor Academy, said: “Herons’ Moor opened as a new school in 2003 and has developed into a popular and successful Primary Academy.  We have established a reputation for being forward thinking and are delighted to have been given the opportunity to join the Inspirational Futures Trust.

“We are looking forward to working as part of the Trust to enhance the excellent education we provide for all our pupils.”