An Introduction to NW24

NW24 is a network of schools in North and West Bristol, collaborating to ensure the delivery of the highest possible quality of education for all pupils. 

The Partnership began in September 2015 as a response to the changing education landscape. As a group of schools with a long history of collaboration, we recognised that local authority resources have diminished and the diversity of schools has increased, but our obligation to the children of Bristol is the same.
The schools in NW24 are located to the north and west of Bristol city centre and include Infant, Junior, Primary, Secondary and Special Schools. The Partnership includes Local Authority maintained schools, stand alone Academies, sponsored Academies and Free Schools.

What we're about

As we commence our sixth academic year, 

NW24 became 23 member schools, including:
  • 10 local authority maintained schools
  • 12 academies or free schools
  • 1 independent school
  • 10 faith schools
  • 4 secondary schools
  • 16 primary schools
  • 1 all-through primary and secondary school
  • 2 junior schools
  • 2 infant schools
  • 2 special schools
  • 5 federations or MATs
Between us we are responsible for the education of nearly 10,000 young people aged 3-18 and so represent more than one sixth of the schools in the city of Bristol.


The Partnership is governed by a Steering Group made up of nine members:
  • 3 Heads
  • 3 Governors (1 Co-opted)
  • 3 Business Managers
elected by their respective groups.

The Partnership is funded by annual subscriptions from its members. Membership requires a commitment from the Head, Chair of Governors and School Business Manager each year in the form of a signed Memorandum of Understanding.

All members of the Partnership are jointly responsible for defining the strategic goals which form the basis of the Action Plan. In order to achieve consensus, each group - Heads, Governors and Business Managers meet 6 times a year, and in addition all groups are invited to attend an annual conference.

The steering group monitors the budget and evaluates the Action Plan throughout the year. We aim for the membership of the group to reflect the diversity of the schools in the Partnership, and have a rolling cycle of elections with no member serving more than 3 years in succession.