Our Partners

Bristol City Council

The Council House

The Council House

Bristol City Council is a local authority with more than 6,500 employees working across a wide range of areas including education, transport, energy, public health, housing and social care. It works to address inequalities of health, wealth and opportunity in the city, supporting every citizen to reach their potential by creating successful places in which to live, work and play.

The people of Bristol are represented by a directly elected Mayor and 70 councillors – two for each of the 35 areas or wards into which Bristol is divided.

Council representatives are very pleased to be part of the Trust. Through working together and sharing good practice we hope to improve the lives and educational outcomes of all the children in the communities it serves.


 Bristol City Football Club (BCFC)

bcfc “Being new to the Bristol area, but experienced in the management of professional sports clubs, I know just how important it is for Bristol City Football Club to engage positively with its neighbours and the community from which it draws its support.  Our recent successes on the pitch and promotion back to the Championship mean that the club is looking forward with optimism more than ever before.  Becoming an active partner in the South West Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust is an ideal way for Bristol City Football Club to energetically support its neighbouring community to inspire local youngsters and to help give them that all important good start to their lives.

I hope that our growing presence in the area in terms of both the status of the club and in terms of the size of our stadium can be used to positively benefit those that the Trust is seeking to help.” 

John Pelling, Ex Chief Executive, Bristol City Football Club 


The Co-operative Group

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned by millions of UK consumers. 

150 years of the Co-op

150 years of the Co-op

We operate 3,500 outlets and employ approaching 70,000 people.  Led by our values and principles, we work with our members to tackle issues that are important to them.  “Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities” is our Group purpose. 

Co-op Food-store-300pxBeing a partner in the Trust allows us to connect with the community in which we serve.  It allows us to work together and add value to the Trust and the food business in Bristol and the wider area.




Tobacco Factory Theatres

tobacco-factory-logo-2 Tobacco Factory Theatres produces and presents excellent art in unique and intimate spaces, including our Factory Theatre in Bristol, as well as off-site in Bristol and in venues across the country.  We present a jam-packed programme of diverse and exciting shows, workshops and events, from classic and contemporary theatre, to theatre for families, comedy, dance, music, opera and puppetry.  We also offer an extensive season of events for audiences and artists, as well as an exciting new programme of activity for children and young people. factory-theatre-auditorium-in-the-round-1 (1024x683)

We are proud to be a partner of the SWBCLT as we are committed to working in collaboration with our local community and, in particular, offering opportunities to children and young people.  We are excited about all the possibilities that this partnership presents.



University of the West of England (UWE)

Advancing knowledge, inspiring people and transforming futures is at the heart of everything we do.  As the largest university in the South West, UWE values working with partners to promote the best outcomes and opportunities for all.  University-of-the-West-of-England-in-BristolWe offer a broad range of professionally recognised and practice-oriented programmes, which contribute to an outstanding learning experience and generate excellent graduate employment opportunities and outcomes for all students. 


At UWE we work hard to connect and work with our local and regional economy, businesses and communities and international partners to advance knowledge, and to advance the health, sustainability and prosperity of our locality and region.  We are thrilled, therefore, to be working with the Trust and helping young people of Bedminster and their families to understand university is a real future option for them.  Many of the SWBCLT schools’ pupils have gone on to become UWE graduates and we value the work we are doing with the Trust and the Children’s University agenda.  We are looking forward to continuing our work with Trust colleagues in raising aspiration amongst partner schools.