Welcome to Thedwastre Education Trust

Thedwastre Education Trust is a local multi-academy trust in the heart of Suffolk. Our four village primary schools work very closely together to use the talents within all our schools for the benefit of our pupils.

We are a community of schools striving for excellence for our pupils, staff and communities, providing a broad and balanced education which enables everyone to reach their full potential.

We value every child, parent, volunteer and employee; we aim to ensure all are respected and children show respect to one another, learning to work collaboratively with their peers for mutual benefit. We have high aspirations for all pupils, staff and the communities we serve.

Our core principles are:

Excellence – We strive for excellence in education and have high aspirations for all children

Inclusive Our schools are inclusive. We welcome diversity and support pupils of all abilities

Community – Our schools are routed firmly in the communities they serve

Collaborative – We actively encourage collaboration between our schools and actively seek out partnership with like-minded schools for the benefit of all

To see more about how our values influence our work, see the "join us" section of this website.

Rattlesden leads the way in Science

Rattlesden Primary Academy has established a Primary Science Hub for Thedwastre Education Trust and other local schools outside the Trust. The project is being supported by the Primary Science Teaching Trust and aims to see excellent science teaching in every classroom and may lead to the schools being awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark in time.

The project is fully funded over a five-year period and provides excellent CPD opportunities and access to science resources for all schools that participate. The long term goals include the development of a high quality science curriculum, effective assessment to inform future learning and the extension of pupil’s science vocabulary and understanding. A rigorous process of assessing and evaluating the impact is in place from the start which may impact on other areas of the curriculum in future.

Hub leader, Helen Ballam, Headteacher at Rattlesden Primary Academy said “I love teaching science and the children really enjoy learning science. I look forward to seeing how this project impacts across the Trust and on the other schools involved. Working with Claire Seeley from PSTT has been brilliant so far”.

Thurston Primary Academy on the move

During the 2020-21 school year a brand-new school to accommodate up to 420 pupils will be built in Thurston to replace the existing school. The expansion and relocation to a new purpose-built site is planned to be completed in time for September 2021. The new school will have extensive playing fields and modern teaching facilities, including a new technology lab, dance studio and library.

200 plus pupils will transfer to the new school when it opens and the school will gradually grow from there as more houses are built and occupied in the village. Once the new school is established it is hoped that the large hall with changing rooms and sports pitched will be available for community use out of school hours. In addition, the Trust hopes to provide training and conference facilities for teachers from across Suffolk.

John Bayes, Headteacher at Thurston, said “we are all so excited about the move to the new school and we are busy planning to extend our curriculum and after school activities to take full advantage of superb facilities on offer”.

To find out more, please visit https://www.thurstonprimary.net/new-school

Trust secures funding for improvement in school buildings

Thedwastre Education Trust has been successful for a second year running in securing significant additional funds to invest in school premises. Totaling almost £750,000 over the two years, the Trust is able to invest in replacement of all external doors and windows at both Great Barton and Woolpit Primary Academies and replacement of the heating system at Great Barton. Last year, the Trust successfully completed the replacement of the roof on the Victorian school at Rattlesden.

Each of these projects will significantly improve the learning environment and make long term savings on energy bills meaning more money can be invested in teaching and learning in addition to protecting the buildings for the long term.

New school Thurston

External elevations

New school Thurston

Internal works progressing well

New school Thurston

Hard at work