Following a six-week consultation in September 2021 with questionnaires and a public meeting, the decision to become an All Through School was welcomed by staff and parents alike and the two schools will officially be known as The Harleston Sancroft Academy.
Richard Cranmer, CEO St Benet’s Multi Academy Trust said: “This is an exciting time for our schools and bringing them together with an official new name is the next key step! This is a unique opportunity for Harleston. Already this year we have witnessed the huge potential that exists through working collaboratively with both schools. We have developed a Leadership Team that works across both phases, developing a shared approach to specific aspects of school life, with a clearly identifiable and shared vision for what we want our staff, children and their families to experience.”
Rob Connelly, who was appointed Executive Headteacher for the Harleston Federation in September 2021 said: “Becoming an All Through School represents a very significant milestone for this very special community and we are very excited about the future for The Harleston Sancroft Academy. This year we have placed a significant emphasis on promoting and developing positive relationships underpinned by the values of Hope, Perseverance, Wisdom, Love, Respect and Faith. We are already seeing the impact of this through our interactions with staff, children, families and the wider community and look forward to further developing our work across all aspects of school life.”
Kirsten Parker, Head of School Secondary Phase said: “Although each stage in a child’s educational journey is unique, we are delighted that the creation of The Harleston Sancroft Academy will enable us to work ever closer, ensuring that our students fulfil their potential to become happy, confident and capable members of society.”
Mark Carlyle, Head of School Primary Phase said: “The All Through School will present so many wonderful opportunities for the children, staff and parents to work alongside our secondary partners and to contribute to our collective vision of living ‘life in all its fullness.”