New west Norfolk academy trust launched after College of West Anglia split to take on three Thetford primaries

Dr Duncan Ramsey, chief executive of the new Eastern Multi-Academy Trust, presents the new logo with

Dr Duncan Ramsey, chief executive of the new Eastern Multi-Academy Trust, presents the new logo with pupils from the trust's schools. Picture: Paul Tibbs - Credit: Archant

Three Thetford schools will join an academy trust in west Norfolk, which has been launched after its predecessor parted company with its founding college.

Norwich Road Academy in Thetford. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

Norwich Road Academy in Thetford. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

The College of West Anglia (CWA), in King's Lynn, resigned from the CWA Academies Trust in March, which it founded in 2010.

At the time, the college said its resignation came because the trust planned to take on additional primaries and expand beyond west Norfolk.

Now, the nine CWA trust schools will form the new Eastern Multi-Academy Trust, which has confirmed it will also take on Admirals Academy, Diamond Academy and Norwich Road Academy, three primary academies based in Thetford which were previously run by the Academy Transformation Trust (ATT).

MORE: Three Thetford primary academies to transfer to a new sponsor to 'secure continued progress'In January, ATT announced the schools, which will join EMAT in September, would be transferred to a new sponsor to 'secured continued progress' for pupils, though it has since been unclear where they would go.

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Dr Duncan Ramsey, EMAT chief executive, said: 'This is an exciting time for the academy trust as we build on the growing success of our primary academies, as exemplified by the recent Ofsted outstanding rating for Eastgate Academy - one of only seven academies in the whole country to move from an inadequate rating to outstanding in one jump.

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'In addition to building on the success of primary academies, we face an exciting opportunity with our two secondary academies, King Edward VII Academy and King's Lynn Academy.

'We have made important changes to our strategies for both these high profile academies and we are already seeing the green shoots of improvement show through. There remains more work to be done but I am optimistic for the future.'

He said EMAT had appointed Paul Shanks to support the west Norfolk primaries and Rachel Rudd to focus on the Thetford schools.

Derek Stringer, chairman of EMAT, said he felt the trust had the ingredients of a 'sustainable and successful future'.

MORE: We can move on without College of West Anglia, says head of academies trust'This academy trust has already built a successful collaborative working relationship with the regional schools commissioner's office, the organisation which has the ultimate authority to decide which schools and academies are allocated to which trusts,' he said.

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