New west Norfolk academy trust aims to put digital learning centre stage

A junior school hopes to spread its vision of digital learning after securing government permission to set up a trust to sponsor other academies.


New west Norfolk academy trust aims to put digital learning centre stage


Howard Junior School, in King’s Lynn, hopes that two primary schools in west Norfolk will initially join its Apollo Academies Trust, with a longer-term aim of attracting five schools.

The school’s ipad4life programme ensures pupils have iPads for their four years at the school, which headteacher Gregory Hill said allows them to build up their own portfolio and educational apps.

He said: “I just think there needs to be a stronger drive for digital learning in Norfolk. We can offer that opportunity.”

Ofsted judged Howard Junior as “good” in March 2013, when inspectors said teachers “make excellent use of information and communication technology”.

Last summer, 90pc of pupils at Howard Junior achieved the expected level in reading, writing and maths, compared to a Norfolk average of 76pc.

Mr Hill said: “Howard has one of the most challenging environments there is, but we can compete with the best schools in the county.”

Asked what sort of schools he hoped would join the new trust, he said: “It’s schools that either want a stronger digital vision, or feel they are struggling and want that unique, fresh approach to learning that Howard can offer.”

A Department for Education spokesman said: “Becoming an academy with the support of a strong sponsor helps create the conditions for rapid and sustained improvement.

“Howard Junior School has been approved as an academy sponsor to support schools in the area by sharing its expertise and good practice.”