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Bridge Academy Trust

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Welcome from Our CEO

Welcome to Bridge Academy Trust.  We are a collegiate and collaborative Trust, where, first and foremost, each school is a place of (high quality) learning, where young people ENJOY, ENRICH & ACHIEVE.

Our core purpose at Bridge Academy Trust is to provide high quality continuity of every child’s journey through education from 3 to 19, with a strong sense of ‘community’. We have a community and school-led school improvement approach, with a long term sustainable strategy.

Please take the time to explore this website to find out more about us.  If you are interested in working with us, or even considering joining Bridge Academy Trust, please get in contact via

Mark Farmer, CEO

How We Make A Difference


Pupil Journey

Continuity of experience and quality at every stage of education.

Empowering Schools

Locally-run schools that meet the particular needs of their children and communities.

Staff Development

Great teachers and inspirational leaders for every school.

Expertise at all Phases

Outstanding practitioners in every age range, innovating and sharing great practice within and beyond our Trust.

Peer to Peer Support

Everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach.

What People Say About Us

“Working with the Bridge Academy Trust has been a real privilege, and the projects for which I have been commissioned have been varied, interesting, and always rewarding.

It is certainly an exciting time to be working with the Trust and I am thoroughly enjoying working with some truly inspirational teachers and leaders.”

Andy Hodgkinson – Hodgkinson Educational Consultancy Ltd

Working within the Trust has afforded me numerous opportunities that I would not have had access to under usual circumstances. Operating across both Primary and Secondary schools has given me a far better understanding of the working of all Key Stages, and the different pulls and pressures that Primary colleagues face as opposed to Secondary.

It has hugely helped my presenting and management ability, as well as developing my leadership skill set by working with so many different members of staff, all with different priorities and their own individual barriers to help them overcome.

The experience I have gained from my role within the trust I believe played a large part in me being successful in my application to become Deputy Head at The Ongar Academy. During the interview process I was able to lean upon my experiences of working across multiple schools to great effect.

Chris Abrey – Deputy Head, The Ongar Academy

I have experienced, first-hand the benefits of working within a Multi Academy Trust, particularly Bridge Academy Trust. I worked as a SENCO within one of the Bridge schools and was asked if I would like the opportunity to work part-time in one of the other schools to support their SEN provision. This allowed me to gain experience in a very different context and I have subsequently been promoted to Headteacher. I have been able to immediately start making school improvements and have the support and expertise of the other professionals within the academy to call upon for advice as and when I need it. I am really grateful for the opportunities that Bridge Academy Trust has opened up for me and am excited to continue working within the strong team that we have all created.

Jodie Evans – Headteacher, High Ongar Primary

Since joining Bridge Academy Trust we have witnessed adherence to the values and vision of this community-based MAT which has been heartening. The way in which we work together as a truly collegiate group of schools and leaders has been exciting; sharing ideas and expertise, growing the Trust to share, challenge and so tackle our weaknesses too. Headship is no longer a lonely job, with one person shouldering all the responsibility. Best practice (and headship expertise and experience) is freely shared across our schools, with follow-up support to implement and embed. I love the longer-term vision we are growing and working towards together.

Taking on the role of Director of Primary Education has been an exciting career move for me personally. I have had the privilege of working with senior and middle leaders in all our primary schools and am excited both by what we have done already, and the potential for further development and innovation.

Cheryl Allard – Headteacher, Oaklands Infant School and Director of Primary Education


Work With Us

We are a forward-thinking Trust who recognise that our staff are a (THE) precious resource. Our school improvement approach is all about long term, sustainable, high quality classroom provision. Therefore, we aim to appoint and develop professionals who have high expectations, are highly motivated and wish to work collaboratively with others to ensure our children have the best possible provision.

Being committed to excellence, we will ensure our staff are supported individually and collectively, building strong partnerships, to help us to achieve our aims and goals.

“Bridge Academy Trust is committed to ensuring that every person who attends a school within the trust has a high quality experience”

Our Academies

Chipping Ongar Primary School

Chipping Ongar

Primary School

High Ongar Primary School

High Ongar

Primary School

Mildmay Infants School


Infants and Nursery School

Mildmay Junior School


Junior School

Moulsham High School


High School

Oaklands Infant School


Infant School

Ongar Primary School


Primary School

The Ongar Academy

The Ongar


Bridge Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 07663795.

Registered Office: c/o Moulsham High School, Brian Close, Chelmsford, CM2 9ES.