School which helped set up co-operative trust of Norwich schools decides to become an academy

Di McNaught, pictured when she became headteacher of Tuckswood Primary school in 2012. Picture: Denise Bradley Di McNaught, pictured when she became headteacher of Tuckswood Primary school in 2012. Picture: Denise Bradley

Thursday, April 24, 2014
8:00 AM

A primary school which helped form a new co-operative learning trust has decided to become an academy.

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Tuckswood Primary School set up the Norwich Co-operative Learning Trust with Bignold and Lakenham primaries, with Harford Manor and the Hewett School as partner schools.

Cavell Primary had also planned to become a trust member after it was put in special measures last May, but the county council replaced its governors with an interim executive board which decided it should instead become an academy sponsored by the Right to Success academy trust.

Tuckswood’s governors have now decided to also become an academy with Right to Success, although headteacher Di McNaught said the decision was not related to the controversy over Cavell’s future, or Tuckswood’s imminent negative Ofsted report.

She said the school remained committed to the co-operative trust.

Co-operative trust chairman Rob Anthony said: “We believe in schools cooperating with other schools. An academy trust is another way of co-operating with other schools and if a governing body wants to go down that route as well then we would be very supportive of that.

“The only thing we disagree with is where schools are being forced into partnerships that they don’t want and that are not a good fit for their school.”

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