The Merchant Taylors' Oxfordshire Academy Trust

As of September 1st 2017, Brightwell Primary School is an academy working within the Merchant Taylors' Oxfordshire Academy Trust. The Merchant Taylors' Oxfordshire Academy Trust (MTOAT) is the new name for The Wallingford Schools Academy Trust. 

Wallingford School was established in Wallingford in 1659 by the merchant tailor Walter Bigg who wanted to endow a school associated with the parish church of St Mary’s. Walter Bigg was born and raised locally and went on to be elected Lord Mayor of London. Although he made good, he never forgot his roots and was keen to help others, leaving behind a trust fund that still exists for the benefit of the young people who attend schools which are part of the Merchant Taylors' Trust.

The trust are proud to have maintained their links with the Merchant Taylors'​ Company in the City of London continuously since 1659 and were delighted to become the Merchant Taylors'​ Oxfordshire Academy Trust. The Merchant Taylors’ Company are supportive, engaged and interested in our schools and this support is highly valued by all members of our school community. In its relatively short existence, the company has already made a real difference to the lives of our young people.


More information about the Merchant Taylors' Oxfordshire Academy Trust can be found here.

More information about the Merchant Taylors' can be found here.

MTOAT Articles of Association

MTOAT Annual Report and Financial Statements

MTOAT Funding agreement

Brightwell Academy Conversion Consultation questions and answers


Merchant Taylors' Oxfordshire Academy Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee. 

Registered in England & Wales.

Company No. 7727786 VAT

Registration 130 8553 29
Registered Office: St George's Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8HH

The Merchant Taylors' Photography Competition takes place every year. Previous themes have included "Well-Being" and "Hope".

Here are some of the entries from the students at Brightwell School.