Wicklea Academy joins the Cabot Learning Federation

19th February 2024

Wicklea Academy in Bristol has embarked upon a new chapter in the school’s history by becoming part of the Cabot Learning Federation.

 Wicklea – alongside sister primary schools Waycroft and Woodlands Academies – have transferred to the CLF from the former Waycroft Multi-Academy Trust.

The decision to join follows extensive due diligence by school and trust leaders to ensure a close values match and shared ambitions.

CLF CEO Steve Taylor and Education Director Susie Weaver visited Wicklea on the day the transfer was formally completed, and spent time talking to pupils and staff and answering key questions about the CLF.

They also enjoyed a tour of the academy site, gaining valuable insights into the strengths and ethos of the school.

School and trust leaders spoke of the significance of the move and the benefits it will bring for colleagues and students.

Heather Morris, Headteacher at Wicklea Academy, said: “Everyone at Wicklea is excited to join the CLF family. We are looking forward to the new opportunities this will bring. We have been made to feel welcome already – the children are already excited about joining the CLF Big Bake event!” 

Education Director Susie Weaver said: “It was a real privilege to meet Headteachers and their teams, meet with children, pupil leaders and have time to start to make and develop relationships with a range of people.

“My thanks go to you all for all the efforts made to make the visits such a success and for all the planned next steps too, over the coming weeks and months. It is really good to welcome you into our family of schools.”

The transfer of Wicklea, Waycroft and Woodlands schools – as well as Queen Margaret Primary Academy in Tewkesbury – concludes a period of rapid CLF growth which has seen the trust grow from 22 to 35 schools in the past eight months.