Welcome to the Raedwald Trust

About Our Trust

The Raedwald Trust is a partnership of Alternative Provisions and bespoke pathways serving children and young people requiring a different route to success.  The Trust is established to deliver its core purpose devolved by parliament: the advancement of education in the public interest. Committed to the 7 Principles of Public Life (Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, and Leadership), the Raedwald Trust uses compliance to drive a culture of ethics and probity. Through this approach, the Raedwald Trust is able to unleash greatness by enabling bold, imaginative and innovative learning.

Welcome from our CEO

My name is Angela Ransby and I am delighted to lead the Trust in the next stage of its development, and serve its community, as CEO.

The Raedwald Trust is a thriving, inspirational Trust situated in the heart of communities across Suffolk and delivers exceptional education to pupils of all ages who require personalised bespoke education pathways.

I have a genuine interest and enthusiasm for learning and I am passionate about education and working with young people. Making a difference in the lives of young people is what brought me into this profession. It is my belief that all pupils should be successful in schools and that schools should serve the needs of their communities. Staff, governors and trustees at the Raedwald Trust are ambitious for every pupil, and this is evident in the day-to-day life of the Trust.

Learning and Teaching is at the heart of all we do. We believe that the Raedwald Trust should be a centre of excellence with high expectations, positive pupil attitudes, good behaviour and a clear focus on raising standards and ensuring progress for all. We do our utmost to create a culture where every pupil feels valued and where every member of staff is committed to pupils achieving their very best. This is achieved by fostering an ethos firmly rooted in social justice, civic values and lifelong learning.

If you would like to find out more about us, please get in touch.

With best wishes on behalf of the Raedwald Trust.

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Our Academies

The Raedwald Trust is made up of six Alternative Provisions, including the Ipswich Hospital School, across nine sites:

Alderwood Academy

Alderwood Academy is a provision for children in Key Stage 2.  The provision offers short term and temporary support to pupils who are at risk of exclusion or those who require additional targeted intervention to help them re-engage with learning in their mainstream school or next identified setting.  Please find out more by looking at our Alderwood Academy pages.

First Base Bury St Edmunds Academy

First Base Bury St Edmunds Academy is a provision for children at EYFS and Key Stage 1.   The provision supports pupils at risk of exclusion through a range of intervention strategies.   Part-time placements are for two days a week for a fixed period of time; children continue to attend their community school on the other three days.  Please find out more by looking at our First Base Bury St Edmunds Academy pages.

First Base Ipswich Academy

First Base Ipswich Academy is a provision for children at EYFS and Key Stage 1.   The provision supports pupils at risk of exclusion through a range of intervention strategies.   Part-time placements are for two days a week for two terms, children continue to attend their community school on the other three days.  Full-time placements are for five days a week and can be longer term, depending on need and pathway allocation.  Please find out more by looking at our First Base Ipswich Academy pages.

Ipswich Hospital School

The Ipswich Hospital School is a provision within Parkside Academy that educates children and young people whilst they are in patients with the NHS.   The provision also works to support children with medical needs to access successfully transition into their usual place of education and offers guidance to a child’s usual school requiring support to make any necessary reasonable adjustments.

Outreach (including Child in Care) Programme

Our Outreach Teaching Service is a provision formed initially in 2017 in partnership with the Suffolk Virtual School.  Until 2019, the outreach programme was a provision exclusively for children in care, however, due to its success and growing demand across Suffolk schools, we now offer outreach to all children and young people.  This provision is highly personalised and co-constructed through a child’s main place of education. A referral for commissioned outreach support can be made by a child or a young person’s school. For child in care outreach support, a referral can be made by the Suffolk Virtual School who fund the provision for 42 children and young people across Suffolk via retained Pupil Premium Grant.  Please find out more by looking at our Outreach Teaching Service pages.

Parkside Academy

Parkside Academy (Spring Road) is a provision for children and young people in Key Stage 3.  The provision offers short term and temporary support to pupils who are at risk of exclusion or those who require additional targeted intervention to help them re-engage with learning in their mainstream school or next identified setting.  Parkside Academy (Lindbergh Road) is a provision for young people in Key Stage 4.  The provision offers varying lengths of support to pupils who may have found mainstream school difficult to access due to anxiety (and/or other barriers) as well as those who require additional targeted intervention to help them re-engage with learning.  Please find out more by looking at our Parkside Academy pages.

St. Christopher’s Academy

St.Christopher’s Academy is a provision for children in Key Stage 2.  The provision offers short term and temporary support to pupils who are at risk of exclusion or those who require additional targeted intervention to help them re-engage with learning in their mainstream school or next identified setting.  Please find out more by looking at our St.Christopher’s Academy pages

Westbridge Academy

Westbridge Academy is a provision which supports young people in Key Stage 4 who are at risk of exclusion or who have been permanently excluded from mainstream education.  Students admitted into this provision will have a combination of needs that are complex.  A highly personalised plan supports students to succeed in their education, transition and post 16  next steps.  Placements can last up to 2 years.

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