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Welcome from the CEO

Welcome to our federation. 

In 2019 the CLF celebrated 10 years as a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). In the course of that time our federation has developed from a small Bristol-based secondary education partnership to an instinctively collaborative ambitious organisation of over 20 entities, serving the educational needs of 11,000 children and young people aged 3 to 19. 

Our federation is sponsored by the University of the West of England and Rolls-Royce PLC. Our academies are based in three 3-19 clusters in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.  

We employ around 1,900 people in a range of roles designed to help children to be successful in their lives. We also rely on the time and commitment of over 200 volunteer governors, who share our values and ambitions for our schools and our pupils. These are expressed in both our core purpose (adjacent) and our mission; 

To consistently deliver excellent educational experiences for pupils aged 3-19, improving their life chances and serving the communities of which we are a member. 

While we are based in the South West, as a mature MAT we participate in a range of local, regional and national networks that are designed to support the broader development of education sector for the benefit of all children. 

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about us. 


If you are a pupil, please be assured that you are central to everything we undertake and our organisation will always have securing the quality of your educational experience as our highest priority.  

If you are a parent or carer wishing to find out more about the academies in our federation, you can find out more through our individual academy websites. 

We offer a wide range of job opportunities in both teaching and professional services. Visit our careers page to view current roles. 

If you’re interested in training to be a teacher or attending one of the many training courses run by our CLF Institute, then you’ve come to the right place. [Find out more] 

Interested in becoming involved in governance and supporting our federation and academies to succeed? [Read more]