The Wellingborough school will become the eighth to join the multi-academy trust, and its involvement, combined with the work of its specialist education training and development centre, will further strengthen Nene Education Trust’s offering.
Redwell Primary School had been looking to become part an education trust for some time and the team there were impressed by the shared educational values and strong focus on curriculum at Nene Education Trust.
Headteacher Anne Ansell said: “We are very excited and proud to be joining Nene Education Trust. Consultations have been going on for some time and we have been impressed by the way they are strong as a trust but also allow schools autonomy when they are working successfully.
“Our shared approach of a strong curriculum while also being values led is important. The trust’s Work, World, Wellness curriculum principles are something that we can identify with.”
Redwell Primary School has a history as a teaching school, and set up the 5 Wells Development Centre to offer independent education-based training and development to teaching professionals across the county. Courses give school leaders confidence that they and their teams are meeting all statutory requirements, while bespoke programmes can also be developed to meet the identified priorities and needs of a school.
Anne Ansell added: “We provide training to professionals from across the county and we feel that having a unique proposition like the Development Centre also puts Redwell Primary School into a strong position when it comes to recruitment of quality staff. The benefits of that will now extend to Nene Education Trust, offering increased recruitment and training benefits to the other schools.”
Redwell Primary School will officially become part of Nene Education Trust on August 1, in time to welcome pupils and staff back for the new academic year in September. The trust already comprises Windmill Primary Raunds, Stanwick Primary, Newton Road School Rushden, Raunds Park Infants, St Peter’s CE Junior, Woodford CE Primary and Manor School.
In preparation, Anne and her team have been working with Nene Education Trust CEO Chris Hill and Director of Primary Education Matt Coleman to ensure a smooth transition.
“Although we’ve not officially transitioned yet, Chris and Matt took care to make us feel included from the start, and ensured we understand how the trust operates so we can hit the ground running in August. From those early indications of how we are going to be treated, it’s already feeling extremely positive.”
Chris Hill added: “We are very excited that Redwell Primary School and 5 Wells Development Centre are to join us. It’s an exceptional school and our collaborative partnership will bring benefits to both sides in terms of shared values and the career opportunities it brings for all staff.
“But ultimately, it is about continuing to improve the education children get in our schools, and beyond. Having a Wellingborough school on board take us into a new area and represents our aim of serving the local community as best we can, because schools are not just about what goes on in the classroom, they’re there to play a bigger role in society as a whole.”
Find out more about Nene Education Trust at www.neneeducationtrust.org.uk