Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.
How the Synergy Trust helps schools further improve the quality of teaching and learning
The Synergy Trust exists to help improve the educational experience for all pupils in all trust schools. We seek to produce:
- the best possible academic outcomes for each individual
- young people with the skills and attributes that will help them in the world of work
- good citizens and kind people
We believe that this is best done through the provision of challenging curricula that are broad, balanced and enlightening, and through providing enthusiastic, committed and skilled teachers and support staff.
In order to achieve these aims:
- Synergy headteachers meet every month to discuss standards in their schools, compare data on pupil performance, share school improvement ideas and plan staff training.
- Headteachers regularly visit each other’s schools to learn from other schools and to observe good practice.
- The trust’s executive primary headteacher regularly visits all schools to discuss standards, school improvement and to observe lessons with school leaders. They have agreed common assessment tasks for all year groups and will undertake these assessments at the same time of the year.
- The trust’s chief executive officer works with the heads of the trust’s secondary schools to ensure key staff visit each other to learn from another school and to prioritise areas of concern and potential mutual support.
- All primary teachers meet as year teachers for at least one day a year to moderate pupil work, share ideas and plan lessons together. As part of their performance management all teachers are expected to spend a day observing lessons in a partner school.
- Secondary school teachers will work with secondary school teachers from another trust school, sharing ideas and planning lessons, at least once a year.
- Cross phase teacher meetings (key stage 2/3) will take place annually, helping Year 6 and Year 7 teachers better understand each other and better aid pupils as they move from one key stage to another.
- Training and coaching of all staff (not just teachers) is a priority for the trust.
- Spot checks on safeguarding will be undertaken by the trust
- Experienced ex-OFSTED inspectors / HMIs will be employed to provide more objective judgements and to help the trust to help identify areas of strength and areas requiring more support.