Primary school set to join Reepham High’s Synergy Multi-Academy Trust

Reepham High School and College principal Mark Farrar. Picture: Denise Bradley

Reepham High School and College principal Mark Farrar. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

Reepham High School has announced the identity of the first school that will join its new academy trust.

The high school received government permission to set up the Synergy Multi-Academy Trust last summer, and has revealed Reepham Primary School is set to become its first member.

In a message in the high school's newsletter, Mark Farrar, principal of Reepham High School and College (RHSC), said: 'The development of Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is one of the most important and exciting events in the history of RHSC. We are very much looking forward to working with our primary colleagues and are determined to make it succeed.'

He said the primary school plans to formally join the trust in September 2016, and added: 'For the primary school, this means they will not have to worry about issues relating to finances, site management and ICT.

'Responsibility for all of these matters will be taken by Synergy, allowing the primary school to focus entirely on teaching and learning.'

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He said the proposals would allow staff at the two schools to work 'even more closely together', helping with the transfer of pupils from one to school to the other, and sharing classroom expertise.

Mr Farrar added: 'Other neighbouring schools have also expressed an interest in joining Synergy and we anticipate the multi-academy trust having several more members within a relatively short period of time

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'However, there are no plans for Synergy to become a large, national chain.'

The trust is part of a growing trend for high schools in Norfolk to set up academy trusts that local primaries can join.

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