In 2010 three small rural primary schools in Gloucestershire began talks about academy conversion and close collaboration. It was hoped that these three Church of England Primaries might form a Multi-Academy Trust. However, the differing governance arrangements for Voluntary Controlled and Voluntary Aided schools precluded this. Therefore it was decided that each school would become an academy separately (conversion August 2011) but mutual help and support would be provided through a jointly owned Limited Company, Primary QuEST.
This Company is the vehicle through which inter-academy help and support has developed (see opposite). The Company is also the means by which our experience and expertise is provided to others to support school improvement (see Products/Services).