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New beginning for Flegg High in Martham as it joins Ormiston Academies Trust

PUBLISHED: 14:17 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:07 01 February 2018

Principal Dr Simon Fox outside Flegg High Ormiston Academy, which has joined the Ormiston Academies Trust  Picture: James Bass

Principal Dr Simon Fox outside Flegg High Ormiston Academy, which has joined the Ormiston Academies Trust Picture: James Bass

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A new era has begun at a Martham school, with a new name, new sponsor and new academy trust membership.

Flegg High School has officially joined the Ormiston Academies Trust, beginning its life under the name of Flegg High Ormiston Academy.

The decision to join was made back in October, following consultation with parents, carers and governors, however, now the school is a fully-fledged member.

Simon Fox, principal of Flegg High Ormiston Academy, said: “We are delighted to have joined the Ormiston Academies Trust.

“This new chapter will bring huge benefits to students, staff and the whole school community and will create a strong foundation for the academy’s future.”

In a letter sent to parents, co-signed by Peter Spencer, chairman of governors, Dr Fox explained changes at the school would mainly be aesthetic - with the school badge, signage and contact details changing to reflect the new name.

However, parents were reassured there would be no changes to opening hours or the overall ethos of the school.

Dr Fox added: “As part of a strong network of academies, Flegg will have access to the wealth of experience, resources, high-quality education and brilliant enrichment opportunities which the Trust champions.”

Nick Hudson, chief executive of OAT, said: “The transition has received such great support from parents, staff, students and the local community.

“We are committed to ensuring that every young person has the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Mr Spencer added: “Being a part of the OAT network offers and excellent opportunity to further provide our students with brilliant learning opportunities and to raise the standards of education, alongside providing excellent professional development for our dedicated staff.

“We are grateful for all the support shown by parents, staff, the school community and the Trust itself as we embark on this new chapter.”

The school previously stood as one of Norfolk’s only stand-alone academies, however, having held meeting with parents the decision was made that “external eyes” would benefit the academy.

The school was last inspected by Ofsted in June 2016 and was rated good overall - the second highest rating available.

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