Trustees of a newly-formed group which represents five schools in south Norfolk say they hope this formal partnership will help ‘raise our profile across the county and beyond’.
Governors from the Harleston Cluster, which includes Archbishop Sancroft High School plus primary schools in Harleston, Alburgh, Brockdish and Pulham, has formed the Sancroft Church Schools Trust, with the intention of sharing expertise and enriching the learning experiences of its pupils.
A statement from the trust said: “Pupils, families and staff are familiar with the way our schools work together to provide better outcomes and the formation of the new trust will cement and further develop this partnership.”
Trustees emphasised they would not replace governors, nor control budgets, but instead ‘look beyond individual schools’ at what is achievable through mutual support and the best use of resources.
Richard Cranmer, Archbishop Sancroft headteacher, said: “We think what we have is worth securing for the future and our first step has been to put our cluster into a more formal context.”