Old Buckenham Primary set to be first member of Wymondham College’s new academy trust

Wymondham College principal Jonathan Taylor

Wymondham College principal Jonathan Taylor - Credit: Archant

A new academy trust set up by Wymondham College has announced a nearby primary school celebrating a rapid improvement in its Ofsted grade is likely to become its first member.

Old Buckenham Primary School, which inspectors last week judged good just a year after it was rated inadequate, will hold a meeting with parents this evening about the plan.

Headteacher Julia Humphrey said: 'They are very child focused. The children are put at the heart of everything they do.

'They are very keen that any schools that join keep their own identity. We are allowed to keep that village primary school feel, and that's a lot of people's fears about the academy process. They are afraid there will be a takeover, and that's not at all their intention.'

She said the college wanted to learn from the primary sector, especially staff who taught years seven and eight, while the primary school would benefit from learning more about how secondary education worked.

Pupils at Old Buckenham Primary will not gain any special preference if they apply to Wymondham College.

College principal Jonathan Taylor said it already had a well-established link with the primary school, and added: 'There's a shared vision and philosophy, particularly around the importance of developing the whole child, and securing as good an academic achievement as we can, but combined with strong extra-curricular support.'

The college also announced its organisation would be called the Sapientia Education Trust, echoing the Latin motto Floreat Sapientia, meaning 'let wisdom flourish', used to summarise its aims when it was founded in 1951.

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Mr Taylor said it was 'a neutral term signifying our collaborative approach'.

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