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Breckland School in Brandon joins Unity Schools Partnership

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A Brandon secondary school that has been 'something of an island' has teamed up with a multi-academy trust.

Breckland School in Crown Street has become the ninth secondary or upper school to join Suffolk-based Unity Schools Partnership.

Jon Winn, principal at Breckland School, said the move would provide many benefits for staff, students and the school community.

Breckland School joined Unity Schools Partnership on Friday, July 1. Picture: Gooderham PR
Breckland School joined Unity Schools Partnership on Friday, July 1. Picture: Gooderham PR

Mr Winn said: "I think it’s fair to say that Breckland School has been something of an island, but being part of a MAT [multi-academy trust] will change that for the better.

"We think the networking opportunities will be key, especially the subject and leadership networks.

“We have already begun visiting other trust schools.

"Another benefit is that we can access central services such as HR and finance. We look forward to working with other schools in the trust and sharing ideas."

The school, which currently has 550 students on roll, was managed by the Sabres Educational Trust after it opened in 2012 following the Suffolk school reorganisation programme.

Mr Winn added: "I think Sabres Educational Trust felt it was the right time for the school to move to a multi-academy trust with all the benefits that brings.

“Unity appealed as it is a local trust and we liked the fact that we would still retain a level of autonomy and individuality.

“Every school is different and works for their own community and Unity recognises that.

“We would like to thank everyone involved with the Sabres Educational Trust for all their years of dedication to this school. We look forward to building on their work further in the years to come.”

Tim Coulson, chief executive of Unity Schools Partnership, said: “We are delighted to welcome Breckland School into our family of secondary, middle, primary and special schools.

“We look forward to working with the school, providing support and challenging staff, while also using their learnings to support all our other schools.”

Unity is a group of 33 schools and a sixth form including Bury St Edmunds County Upper School, and Sybil Andrews Academy, Horringer Court Middle and Westley Middle, all in Bury St Edmunds.