Welcome to Venn Academy Trust,
 a unique family of schools that places a vision of inclusion at its core

Venn Academy Trust was formed in 2015 as a result of a strong collaborative partnership between two Headteachers, Mrs Claire Patton and Dr Simon Witham, that at the time, represented four settings.

The founding schools were Thorpepark Academy (2-11 year olds), Bridgeview Special School (5-11 year olds), Whitehouse Pupil Referral Unit (5-11 year olds), and The Sullivan Centre with the Hospital Classroom (7-16 year olds).

Thorpepark Academy and the Whitehouse PRU are National Support Schools working across the Humber region, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. To date they have provided support to successfully develop positive learning behaviour culture, reading and curriculum design.

In September 2016 The Boulevard Centre and The Boulevard Nursery joined the Trust and following that, in the summer of 2017 Griffin Primary School and Mountbatten Primary School became members. Latterly, in April 2019 the Trust was pleased to extend its partnership into the Doncaster region when Brooke Primary Academy and Marshland Primary Academy joined us. In September 2019 the Trust became the education provider for the CAMHs tier four provision on Walker Street, working in collaboration with the NHS. In September 2021 Euler Academy, an alternative provision hybrid special school will open for 56 pupils in East Hull.

The range of Venn’s provision extends to other high quality extended services: home tuition for sick pupils, the behaviour outreach service and the Hull Royal Infirmary hospital classroom.

From the outset Venn has promoted excellent learning behaviour for all its pupils with a core focus on fostering pupil resilience in its mainstream and specialist teaching settings; resultantly, pupils make exceptional progress irrespective of starting points.

The research undertaken in Venn has secured success in developing a culture of positive learning behaviour that has revolutionised teaching in its schools. Venn are active participants in the regional and local Teaching School Alliances supporting other settings with learning behaviour delivery. In addition to this, the Trust has worked with a wide range of partners including universities to promote a culture of self-regulation in pupils.

An outcome of the Trust’s expertise has led to the development of professional development and research in the teaching of reading and the reduction of low-level disruption in both mainstream and specialist provision. In addition to the development of learning behaviour culture Venn Academy Trust has worked with international partners to ensure its pupils are confident assured readers. It has led a project for the past six years in three local authorities to secure pupil’ confidence in inference, comprehension and deduction.

The Trust’s recent work on developing its curriculum has ensured that it creates bespoke learning for its pupils irrespective of their starting point, socio-economic background or locale.

Our Vision and Values

Together we will…

  • Pioneer

  • Inspire

  • Achieve

  • Collaborate

  • Create

Venn is a pioneering academy trust, committed to building educational environments where all pupils are inspired to become lifelong learners who achieve the very highest standards possible.

Collaborating with all partners, the Trust works with its unique settings to create world class learning experiences for all.

Our Journey

Our journey so far has been one of making a difference to the most vulnerable learners. Together we ensure we make a positive difference to the lives of the children and communities that we serve.

Our Team

Venn employs over 260 staff across the Trust. These roles range from school leaders, teachers, support and administrative staff. In addition the central team cover key areas such as School Improvement, Human Resources, Finance and Operations.

Simon WithamTrust Lead and Accounting Officer
Amraz AliDeputy CEO/Director of School Improvement
Danny KennyDirector of Teaching and Learning
Lynsey CookSenior HR Business Partner
Molly FletcherDirector of Curriculum and Learning
Connor BibbyChief Financial Officer
Helen Turner Personal Assistant/Trust Clerk
Sharleen LimbertExecutive Assistant (Administration)
Zoe RucroftDirector of Phonics and Reading

We are always keen to hear from anyone who may be interested in being part of our governance whether as a Trust Member, Trustee or as a Governor.
Get in touch to find out more information.

Strategic Partnerships

Venn works in partnership with many organisations including other multi-academy trusts, Teaching Schools Alliances, Local Authorities and many more.

Our Trust also has more formal partnership opportunities which range across a raft of services including:

  • School improvement

  • Safeguarding audits

  • PPG reviews

  • Moderation
  • Appraisal reviews

  • Interim leadership

  • School scrutiny

  • Internal audit

  • HR services

  • Policy development

Interested in finding out more?

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