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Proposals to join two Academy Trusts revealed

PUBLISHED: 07:46 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:46 12 October 2018

Norfolk Academy Trusts ieTrust and MNAT have unveiled proposals to merge. (Left to right) Peter Devonish and Russell Boulton. Picture: ANDY NEWMAN / Newman Associates PR

Norfolk Academy Trusts ieTrust and MNAT have unveiled proposals to merge. (Left to right) Peter Devonish and Russell Boulton. Picture: ANDY NEWMAN / Newman Associates PR

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Plans have been revealed which would see two of Norfolk’s Academy Trusts join forces ahead of a merger.

The proposals would mean a new body would be formed to include three high schools and two primary schools across mid and south Norfolk.

A consultation period has 
been launched to gather views about the merger of The ieTrust, which supports Wymondham High Academy, Long Stratton High School, Spooner Row Primary School and Kenninghall Primary School, and the Mid Norfolk Academy Trust (MNAT) which supports Neatherd High School in Dereham.

The new Trust would be led by current ieTrust chief executive Russell Boulton, with current MNAT head Peter Devonish taking up the role of director of education, responsible for leading the improvement of schooling for all children across the Trust.

Mr Boulton said: “The cultures of ieTrust and MNAT are very similar, with both focussing 
not just on academic excellence, but providing an enriched learning experience for our young people.

“Both have a strong track record of supporting good schools and delivering excellent pupil outcomes, and by bringing the two together we can capitalise on those strengths, as well as potentially accessing considerable extra resources 
to enhance the education of 
all of the pupils across our schools.”

All of the schools are currently rated Good by Ofsted, with the exception of Wymondham High Sixth Form which is rated Outstanding.

It is proposed that the new organisation would be called Enrich Learning Trust.

The aims is that the merger plans would see benefits such as better staff development and support, greater opportunities for inter-school support, and further improved pupil outcomes. In addition, with five schools and more than 3,000 pupils, the new organisation hopes to be able to access additional funding which is only available to larger academies trusts.

Mr Devonish added: “As well as the immediate benefits to pupils, bringing the two organisations together will enable us to offer our staff even better career development, which in turn will help us attract and retain the very best teachers and other staff, enabling us to build on the very high standards of education that all the schools in both current Trusts deliver.”

Consultation on the proposed merger is now underway, with the proposed merger due to happen in January 2019. Anyone wishing to view the proposals and take part in the consultation can do so by visiting www.enrich-learning.org.

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