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21st Dec 2020
St Benets Trust CEO Richard Cranmer and Garboldisham Primary Academy head teacher Julia Humphrey

A south Norfolk primary school has become the eighth school to join the Diocese of Norwich’s St Benet’s Multi Academy Trust, which has a growing family of academies in south Norfolk.

Garboldisham Church Primary Academy says that the move will bring ‘opportunities for collaboration’, as well as helping the school improve its teaching and learning.

The school joins fellow St Benet’s Trust members Archbishop Sancroft High School and Harleston Primary Academy in Harleston, Diss Junior Academy and Diss Infant Academy and Nursey in Diss, Dickleburgh Primary Academy and Newton Flotman Primary Academy, which joined the Trust earlier this month..  St Mary’s Church of England Junior school in Long Stratton is an associate member of the Trust.

“Being part of St Benet’s Trust will bring all sorts of benefits to our school, from opportunities for collaboration for staff, joint training initiatives, and sharing specialist roles with other academies in the Trust,” said Julia Humphrey, head teacher at the school.

“For small village schools such as ours, the ability to enhance the education of our children through joint activities such as writing programmes, trip and visits is a great advantage – as is the chance for our staff to share ideas with their colleagues in the Trust’s other schools.

“We are in the middle of a school improvement journey, and St Benet’s will provide significant support as we seek to raise the standards of our teaching and learning.  It is equally important that we share the same Christian values-led ethos.”

Chief executive officer of St Benet’s Trust Richard Cranmer added, “We are delighted to welcome Garboldisham Church Primary Academy to our family of schools.

“This is a very attractive, popular village school.  It has had some difficult times, but parents have shown an amazing loyalty to and pride in the school.  Our aim is to support the school and its head teacher in their commitment to driving up standards, while maintaining the ethos which is so valued by children, parents and staff.”