Governance

Somerfords’ Walter Powell School became a member of the Diocese of Bristol  Academy Trust (DBAT) when it converted to an academy on 1 September 2015.

DBAT’s Vision is:

DBAT shares the Church of England’s Vision for Education 2016, “Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good”, which includes four basic elements wisdom, hope, community and dignity. We aim to deliver values-led education with the very best outcomes for children and young people.

Values

DBAT cherishes the principle of family. We believe that pupils’ needs are collectively met through collaboration, joint purpose and a strong Christian ethos which allows all children and staff to flourish. Christian values are central to all our work; generosity, compassion, courage, forgiveness, friendship, respect, thankfulness, trust, perseverance, justice, service and truthfulness.

The notion of family is intrinsic to the vision. DBAT expect all academies to be part of the family and share this common vision and work towards this.  To support the vision they have some family values which we reflect in our school:

  • Families ensure that all children can achieve, succeed and thrive;
  • Families protect all their member schools;
  • Families meet the needs of all employees;
  • Families facilitate knowledge transfer;
  • Families distribute innovation;
  • Families save time and money;
  • Families deal effectively with special educational needs;
  • Families support new and existing leaders;
  • Families embed the capacity to improve and manage change;
  • Families build leadership capacity and succession;
  • Families aid the integration of Children’s Services; and
  • In the DBAT family, there are stronger and weaker members, but all are valued.

Being part of the DBAT family brings many specific benefits to the School and the children, including dedicated support from our School Improvement Officer and sharing of best practice with other DBAT academies.

If you would like to find out more information about DBAT, its role, its directors and its vision please visit their website.

The Governance of the School is undertaken by the Directors and Trustees of DBAT, with specific duties and responsibilities being delegated to the Local Board.  The Local Board meets six times a year and reports regularly to DBAT.