Co-op School

What sort of school are we?

We are a Foundation school with a Co-operative Trust.

The name of the trust is “Chipping Sodbury School Co-operative Trust”.


What does the trust do?

The “Chipping Sodbury School Co-operative Trust” partner organisations work in partnership and collaboration with the school.


What are the key aims of the trust?

The key aims of the trust are:

  • to help accelerate and sustain the progress towards higher attainment and achievement
  • to raise students’ aspirations and open their eyes to the vast array of opportunities in the modern world by further developing a stronger collaborative approach which draws on a rich range of partnerships in the community
  • to develop our curriculum through co-operative learning and the use of new technologies, thereby enriching the learning experience of all students
  • to develop an outstanding learning environment equipped and fit for the 21st century.
  • to build an effective, coherent and inspiring learning journey for all Chipping Sodbury School students – with transition from primary schools to Higher Education and highly skilled jobs.
  • to enable closer, collaborative working with the community and other partners.
  • to empower young people to fully engage in the leadership and development of their school and local community.


What does this mean for our students?

As a school we support the Co-operative values, students are explicitly taught about them and how to apply them to their daily life:

Self-help  –  we help people to help themselves

Self-responsibility  –  we take responsibility for, and answer to our actions

Democracy  –  we give our staff and students a say in how we run our school

Equality  –  all voices are treated the same

Equity –  we carry out our business of teaching in a way that is fair and unbiased

Solidarity  –  we share interests and common purposes with our members and other Co-operatives.

The most recent AGM of the trust took place on 23rd April 2019: