Upwell Academy launches

Upwell Academy has officially opened as the latest primary school to join Eastern Multi-Academy Trust, on Wednesday 1st March.

The new academy, near Wisbech, has over 170 students on roll and was graded good by Ofsted in its last inspection in 2013. It becomes the seventh school to convert to academy status as a member of the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust and will join Nelson Academy, Eastgate Academy and Southery Academy to become the fourth primary phase provision under the Trust umbrella. North Wootton Academy is also joining the Trust on 1 March.

Chief executive of Eastern Multi-Academy Trust Dr Duncan Ramsey and acting principal of the academy Haidee Norman, gathered with staff, students and governors to mark the occasion and admire the new uniform and branding.

The new logo reflects the Upwell bridge, located in the centre of the village, symbolising the community spirit of the school. Children will wear a bottle green jumper embroidered with the logo, which is teamed with a white shirt and blue tie. A new physical education uniform is also being introduced.

Acting principal Haidee Norman said: “We have the opportunity to turn our good school, under the guidance of Eastern Multi-Academy Trust, into an outstanding one. Recent Ofsted results for other primary schools within the Trust have only confirmed that our decision to join the Trust was indeed the correct one for our school. Collaboration with schools which have such high expectations and results can only be for the benefit of our children and their learning, and our community. The staff are excited to begin this new chapter and we look forward to an exciting future.”

Chair of governors Alan Culley said: “Everyone in our school community is looking forward to becoming an academy and playing an active role in the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust’s family of primary academies. This increase in the pool of knowledge and skills within the Trust will benefit all of the Trust’s academies.

“We are anticipating a period of steady and sustained progress in all aspects of the school’s life. Our staff and new leadership team are enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead. We know that this move to academy status ensures that primary education in Upwell has a bright future.”

Chief executive of Eastern Multi-Academy Trust, Dr Duncan Ramsey, said: “Following the recent successes achieved by our primary academies, we are really pleased to welcome Upwell to the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust family. Upwell is a lovely school with an excellent set of staff and supportive parents. The Trust will work closely with the local governing body to support Upwell on its journey to becoming an outstanding school at the earliest opportunity.”