The Eastern Multi-Academy Trust was originally founded as CWA Academy Trust by its sponsor, the College of West Anglia (CWA). The College is one of the largest successful educational and training providers in the Eastern region, with a vision of “changing lives through learning”, a strong desire to see a vibrant education system that enthuses young people and supports the economic development of the region. This vision lay behind its motivation to become involved in academy sponsorship. In 2017 a decision was made that due to the continued growth of the Trust and its success, particularly in the primary phase, the College would withdraw from its sponsorship of the Trust. Eastern Multi-Academy Trust was then set up as a Multi-Academy Trust and sponsor in its own right in May 2017. The Trust’s drive and ambition is to offer an exceptional education and experience to all its students and to continue on the journey to moving all Academies to Good or Outstanding judgements from Ofsted.
The Trust opened its first secondary phase academy, King’s Lynn Academy, in 2010. It became a Multi-Academy Trust in 2013 when it opened Downham Market Academy. The Trust expanded into the primary phase with the addition of Nelson Academy and Eastgate Academy in the first half of 2014. Its third secondary academy, King Edward VII Academy, opened its doors in September 2014 and its third primary, Southery Academy, in March 2016. The primary phase expanded early in 2017 with the addition of North Wootton Academy, Upwell Academy and Emneth Academy.
The Trust’s ethos builds on the “Changing Lives through Learning” vision in supporting strong improvement in the life chances of young people within the local and regional community. It aims to do this by raising educational standards within its academies, heightening students’ aspirations, improving engagement and take-up of learning opportunities and providing access to appropriate opportunities into further learning and work.
The Trust has adopted a collaborative approach, whereby its academies work together, offer mutual support to each other, develop shared learning and understanding and adhere to core values whilst recognising each other’s unique qualities and differences, encouraging innovation and enterprise and developing a culture of healthy competition on the road to excellence.
Many of its current primary academies are feeder schools to its secondary academies allowing the trust to develop strong relationships and transition arrangements in order to capitalise on the growth and development of its all-important learners. The sponsorship of CWA supports the trust’s focus on ‘next steps’, offering a vocational dimension to curriculum planning, access to facilities and a wealth of experience, opening up opportunities for life-long learning through further and higher education and into the world of work beyond.
The Eastern Multi-Academy Trust’s ethos and approach is embodied in its Vision Statement:
“Supporting our local communities by working together to achieve excellence through learning”