Case study: NCEA Warkworth C of E Primary School

Laura Ritson, Headteacher at NCEA Warkworth C of E Primary School, said:

“We welcome all families in our community who wish for their child to go to a school with Christian values at its core, however, NCEA Warkworth Primary is the only Church of England primary school in the local area, so demand often outstrips supply.

“Joining an Academy Trust is something that we had considered to enable us to meet growing demand, however we wanted to make sure that the Trust we chose was going to be the right fit for our community-driven school. We consulted with the Joint Education Team at The Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle, who put us in touch with a number of Multi-Academy Trusts operating locally who shared our vision and values.

“After meeting with Alan and other members of the team from NCEAT, we knew that the Trust was going to be the best fit for Warkworth Primary. The Trust’s Church values matched our own and we loved how these were embedded into school life. We also liked the idea that we could join the Trust while maintaining our sense of independence – we didn’t have to change our school logo or any of our fundamental values, instead, we were encouraged to retain our individuality and to keep doing what we were already doing, just with the added knowledge that we were being supported by an Academy Trust.”

Alan Hardie, Chief Executive at NCEAT, commented:

“We were delighted to welcome Warkworth C of E Primary School into the NCEA Trust last September. The school shares many of our ideals about the importance of providing an all-round educational experience for children which captures not only academic learning, but also the teaching of softer skills, such as how to communicate effectively – which in turn supports their personal development and overall mental health and wellbeing. Already, Warkworth Primary is seeing its ambitions to grow come to fruition as we have supported them to fund a new modular building on the school premises which will create additional space for its early years and reception classes.”

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