Waycroft have joined the Cabot Learning Federation

1st February 2024

Waycroft Academy joins the Cabot Learning Federation


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

Waycroft – alongside sister primary schools Wicklea 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.

This new era of collaboration and partnership was celebrated as the transfer become official this week, with CLF CEO Steve Taylor and Education Director Susie Weaver visiting Waycroft to speak with staff and meet pupils, including Year 6 House Captains, who posted a range of challenging key questions to the CLF leaders.

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

Adam Smith, Headteacher at Waycroft Academy, said: “We are delighted to have joined CLF today and it was wonderful to welcome Steve and Susie to Waycroft Academy to meet our Year 6 House Captains.

“All our stakeholders are looking forward to the opportunities that working within the CLF family will provide.”

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 Waycroft, Wicklea 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.