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History

The Inspiration Trust was founded out of a desire to ensure that no child is left behind, and that the best educational opportunities should be available to all - regardless of background.

Firmly rooted in East Anglia, our family of academies has grown from a single school in Great Yarmouth to include more than a dozen primary, secondary, and sixth form institutions across Norfolk and Suffolk.

August 2012

Our founding trustees Sir Theodore Agnew and David Tibble create the then East Norfolk Academy Trust with our chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza, in preparation for our first school, Greenacre Primary in Great Yarmouth, joining the trust.

September 2012

Greenacre opens as Great Yarmouth Primary Academy, marking the start of a dramatic turnaround for the school. From being in and out of special measures and going through a string of headteachers, the academy sees a dramatic improvement in behaviour and standards.

The academy also pioneers the trust's extended day programme, which gives children wide opportunities in sports and the arts.

January 2013

The trust is renamed to the Inspiration Trust, to reflect its potential to work with schools across the region.

September 2013

Cromer Academy, a standalone academy, decides to join the Inspiration Trust to enjoy the benefits of collaboration with a wider family of schools.

Larkman Primary School joins the trust, becoming Norwich Primary Academy.

Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form opens as the country's first maths and science specialist sixth form and the trust's first free school. Two years later its first set of results put it at the top of table for free-to-attend sixth forms in Norfolk.

Thetford Academy joins the trust from its previous academy sponsors.

November 2013

Hethersett High joins the trust, becoming Hethersett Academy. Previously in special measures, in January 2016 received an Outstanding rating from Ofsted.

September 2014

Jane Austen College, the trust's first secondary free school opens in central Norwich. The college makes waves with its 'no homework' policy, encouraging instead independent study as part of an extended school day, and becomes oversubscribed within two years of opening.

December 2014

Cobholm Primary in Great Yarmouth and Stradbroke Primary in Gorleston become academies and join the trust.

East Point Academy transfers from the Academies Enterprise Trust to join the Inspiration Trust.

September 2015

The Hewett Academy, Norwich opens, after converting to an academy and joining the trust.

September 2016

The trust opens two new free schools: Charles Darwin Primary in Norwich, and Trafalgar College in Great Yarmouth.

Hethersett Academy becomes a National Teaching School.

August 2017

Great Yarmouth High School becomes an academy and joins the Inspiration Trust as Great Yarmouth Charter Academy.