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Samuel Ward Academy Trust is pleased to announce that we have been successful in our bid to open two new special free schools in Romford and Ipswich.

Having adopted a successful model of partnership-working, support and challenge among both its secondary and primary schools in Suffolk, the Trust was keen to transfer this to special schools in the wider area.

One of the great things about school is that we all remember our great teachers – both as adults with our memories of our own school days, or as parents listening to how children describe their teachers.

Last week, one of the schools within Samuel Ward Academy Trust was privileged to have a Royal visitor.

Castle Manor Academy were honoured to host the Earl of Wessex and it was a fitting tribute to the outstanding work the school has done in promoting the Duke of Edinburgh awards and the benefits of outdoor learning.

Plans to support literacy among young pupils in four primary schools have been backed by a £200,000 grant from the Department for Education.

The Suffolk Borders Teaching Alliance (SBTA), run by the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, has been successful in bidding for the money from the Strategic School Improvement Fund – one of only 11 successful bids in the Eastern Region.

I was delighted that 2018 started with all our secondary and primary schools coming together at Sybil Andrews Academy and Newmarket Academy prior to students returning for the new term.

This has become an annual event within Samuel Ward Academy Trust and it is great way of collaborating with school staff in similar positions.