Sancroft Church Schools Trust launches with goal to build aspiration

The Sancroft Church School Trust choir sings following the unveiling of the logo during the trust's launch at Archbishop Sancroft High School, Harleston.
The Sancroft Church School Trust choir sings following the unveiling of the logo during the trust's launch at Archbishop Sancroft High School, Harleston.

Headteachers of five south Norfolk schools say their new formal partnership will help to build pupil aspiration through experiences that previously were not possible.

The Sancroft Church Schools Trust launched at Archbishop Sancroft High School on Tuesday, encompassing the high school and the primary schools of Alburgh with Denton, Brockdish, Harleston and Pulham.

Evolving from the Sancroft Cluster, the trust intends to develop all five schools by sharing resources amongst each other and collaborating with other organisations and the wider community.

Simone Goddard, head of Pulham Primary, said: “We want to be able to share our expertise and offer opportunities as a group that we couldn’t have as individuals.”

The fate of Brockdish Primary, however, is still unclear with consultations ongoing over a recent Norfolk County Council proposal to close it.

But trust members stated they would continue with a five-school plan and ‘provide continuity’ for Brockdish pupils no matter what happens.

Richard Cranmer, head of Archbishop Sancroft High, said: “We have a strong interest in ensuring the children in Brockdish can continue a high-quality education.”

The trust launch was attended by pupils, parents and staff, with Bishop Alan Hopes, of the Norwich Diocese, unveiling the trust’s logo and cutting the celebration cake.

Joel Crawley, executive head for both Alburgh with Denton and Brockdish Primary Schools, added: “It’s about wanting children to aspire to bigger and better things.”