TWO South Somerset schools are set to join a new academy trust.

Swanmead Community School, in Ilminster, which isn't currently an academy, will be joining the Bridgwater and Taunton College Trust alongside Maiden Beech Academy.

Headteachers of the schools, Mark Walker and Carl Winch, which are both rated 'Good' by Ofsted, issued the letter to parents informing them of the up-coming changes.

Maiden Beech is set to join the trust at the end of the autumn term, as it already has academy status, while it will take a bit longer for Swanmead to join, as it is not currently an academy.

It is hoped the Ditton Street-based school will join the trust early next year.

The trust already runs school including Bridgwater College Academy, Otterhampton Primary School, and West Somerset College.

The letter said: "The Bridgwater and Taunton College Trust (BTCT) is one the most successful and influential multi-academy trusts (MATs) in the South West and currently runs a variety of schools across Somerset.

"You will no doubt be aware that for several months we have been in discussion with the BTCT with the aim of both our schools joining this highly regarded and successful organisation."

Initially the schools applied to the Headteacher Board to join the trust, but were unsuccessful.

After making adjustments based on the feedback given, the resubmission was approved on September 16.

The headteachers added: "We are both very happy with the outcome and believe that joining a dynamic and successful organisation like BTCT can only enhance the quality of our provision at our schools and further improve the outcomes for our children.

"BTCT have supported us in numerous ways over the past few months and their input is already having a very positive impact on our respective schools.

"This news is a fantastic start to the academic year and we will, of course, keep you informed of future developments, and look forward on embarking on this exciting journey together."