About Our sponsor – The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT)

At Fishponds Church of England Academy, the Local Board reports directly to a Multi Academy Trust, which is called the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT).   

The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT) was founded in 2012, enabling the Diocese of Bristol’s Board of Education to sponsor academies. It currently sponsors a number of primary academies in the region.

At the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust, our academies work together in the same way that a family works together, sharing good ideas and resources with everyone’s best interest at heart. Everyone on our team – including staff, teachers and governors make sure every child knows that they will be supported and challenged to achieve their very best. We will work quickly to get results and we won’t waste time – we know that children only get one chance at their education and we are committed to making every lesson count. Our goal is to make the academy ‘Outstanding’ as soon as possible.


We believe in offering a Christian education which is accessible to children of all faiths and none.  Our pupils and staff should have the very best in their teaching, learning, leadership, management and safety.  All our academies and schools share experiences and skills to make sure that everyone learns from each other constantly and that pupils and staff all benefit from each other.

DBAT Address: First Floor Hillside House, 1500 Parkway North, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8YU

DBAT Tel: 01179 060 100

DBAT Company No: 8156759


Core Aims of DBAT:


  • Focus on improving the educational experiences, employment prospects and life chances of young people, especially those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

  • Demonstrate that children’s life-chances are improved when their formal education is within the context of an academy that is founded in the Christian tradition, establishes an ethos that is distinctively Christian and embraces the very best practices in teaching, learning, leadership, management and safety.

  • Accelerate students’ levels of attainment and achievement, and raises student, teacher and parental aspirations and ambitions.

  • Help to create more cohesive communities enhancing opportunities for social mobility by striving to eliminate the attainment gap between students from disadvantaged backgrounds and young people who by circumstances of birth and inheritance take for granted their automatic right to a good education.

  • Transform the overall performance of underperforming schools in deprived areas, helping to improve and innovate in all aspects of teaching, learning and leadership and promoting the development of future leaders.

Here are links to a few of our important documents, to find out further information about the Trust, please view the policies or business information.

Annual Reports & Accounts:





Diocese of Bristol Academy Company 


Multi Academy Trust:

Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust


Local Board:

Fishponds Church of England Academy

  • Five Members appointed by the Diocese
  • Four Members appointed by the school including the Principal, two parent Members and one staff Member

Local Boards of other Academies:

Christian Malford CE Primary School, Wiltshire

Easton CE Academy, Bristol

St Mary Redcliffe CE Primary Academy, Bristol

St Peters CE Academy, Chippenham

Tadpole Farm CE Academy, Swindon

Seagry CE Academy, Wiltshire

Somerfords’ Walter Powell CE Academy

Lydiard Millicent CE Primary Academy, Swindon

Ridgeway Farm CE Academy, Swindon

 The Deanery, Swindon


Directors of DBAT


  • Lynda Fisher - Chair of the Board
  • Ann Holt - Vice Chair of the Board
  • Tanya Arkle
  • Rachel Clarke
  • Iain Craig
  • Norma Kemey
  • John Morison
  • Jeremy Piper

DBAT Staff

  • Jeremy Piper - DBAT CEO
  • Doug Stewart - Interim Head of Finance
  • Rebekah Hart - DBAT Finance Assistant
  • Vicki Vowles - DBAT Trust Administrator
  • Jane Thomas - DBAT School Improvement Partner
  • Nikki Antwis - DBAT Executive Director of Learning
  • Hannah Snelling - DBAT Peoples' Service Manager
  • Rachel Parr - Head of Estates and Facilities
  • Suzanne Miles - Governance Officer

For further information on our sponsors, please visit: www.dbat.org.uk