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13th Dec 2020
Adam Riley right head teacher at Newton Flotman Primary Academy with St Benets Trust CEO Richard Cranmer

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

Newton Flotman Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary Academy joined the Trust on 1st December, in a move which its head teacher says will “bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and increase opportunities for children, parents and staff.

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, and Dickleburgh Primary Academy.  St Mary’s Church of England Junior school in Long Stratton is an associate member of the Trust.

“The Diocesan multi-academy trusts have a good record in helping schools improve, and this move will enable us to continue on our improvement journey which we have been on for some months,” said head teacher Adam Riley, who was appointed to the post in April 2020.

“We are a small rural primary school, and joining St Benet’s allows us to tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience which exists in the Trust’s current schools, all of which are located in the south of the county.

“For example, we are already sharing a specialist Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator with St Mary’s in Long Stratton, which is enabling both schools to access a specialist resource at a level we wouldn’t be able to do on our own.

Becoming a member of St Benet’s Trust will increase opportunities for our children, our parents and our staff.”

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

“The school shares the Trust’s ethos of promoting Christian values, and is an excellent fit in a multi-academy trust which is very much led by the wealth of expertise already found in its schools.”