Five Catholic primaries, including one in Wells set for academy status

By Tim Lethaby

19th Jan 2022 | Local News

St Joseph & St Teresa Catholic Primary School On Lovers Walk In Wells. CREDIT: Google Maps. Free to use for all BBC wire partners.
St Joseph & St Teresa Catholic Primary School On Lovers Walk In Wells. CREDIT: Google Maps. Free to use for all BBC wire partners.

Five Catholic primary schools across Somerset will become academies under new proposals put forward by the Department for Education (DfE).

Schools in Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Wells, Wincanton and Yeovil will form a new multi-academy trust following an academy order by education secretary Nadhim Zahawi MP.

Under the Academies Act 2010, schools which are performing well can choose to become 'converter academies' if their governors deem that such a move would be best for their pupils.

Of the 125 academies currently operating in Somerset, 85 are converter academies which have chosen to go down this route.

The five schools – which have all been rated either 'outstanding' or 'good' by Ofsted – will all transition to academy status on March 1, according to documents published on Somerset County Council's website.

The five schools which will be affected by the new academy order are:

:St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Park Avenue, Bridgwater (rated 'good' in November 2019)

:St. Joseph's Catholic Primary and Nursery School, B3139 Oxford Street, Burnham-on-Sea (rated 'outstanding' in July 2008)

:St. Joseph and St Teresa Catholic Primary School, Lovers Walk, Wells (rated 'good' in November 2011)

:Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School, B3081 South Street, Wincanton (rated 'good' in May 2017)

:St. Gilda's Catholic Primary School, Mary Street, Yeovil (rated 'good' in June 2012)

The five schools will form the new Dunstan Catholic Educational Trust, which will be run by the Clifton Diocese and will also include Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School in Weston-super-Mare.

Under the changes, all land and properties of the existing schools will be transferred from the council to the new trust under a 125-year lease.

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