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About us

The Inspiration Trust is committed to delivering academic excellence for the young people of East Anglia, pairing the highest quality teaching with the widest possible opportunities. We believe all children can succeed.

We also have a strong belief in professional development, running both initial teacher training and continuing professional development courses.

Our academies span Norfolk and north Suffolk, are free to attend, and open to all. As a family of schools we work collaboratively to give our children the very best start in life.

We deliver this through:

  • A knowledge-based curriculum, structured by traditional subjects, properly sequenced to ensure systematic, thorough teaching for all
  • Rich cultural pursuits as essential activities, championing access and involvement in arts and sport
  • A robust collegial approach that promotes sustained improvement across all areas of the Trust

Our vision is:

  • We will work with the best educational knowledge – nationally and internationally – in order to create a world-class curriculum
  • We will generate and define new standards of educational excellence
  • We will develop coherent curriculum principles across all key stages in all Trust schools
  • All pupils will experience traditional, high-quality instrumental and vocal music-making opportunities, alongside challenging experiences in arts and sport in our Trust-wide extended day
  • Standards of achievement will continue to rise at Trust schools so that pupil attainment is among the best in Britain
  • We will ensure the quality of our teaching is excellent
  • We will recruit and create high-quality teachers and school leaders
  • We will ensure the Trust has a firm financial footing, working together to support schools for today and for the future
  • We will provide strong and flexible shared central services enabling schools to focus time and resources on teaching
  • The Trust will benefit yet more young people, through student recruitment
  • We will welcome a small number of new schools into the Trust family where there is a geographic logic to doing so and when our existing schools have achieved excellence
  • We will actively counter disadvantage in order to increase social mobility

Dame Rachel de Souza, chief executive

As chief executive, Dame Rachel leads the Inspiration Trust and works closely on a daily basis with our principals to drive standards and innovation across our academies.

She uses her expertise and experience in school improvement – having transformed two failing schools into Ofsted-rated Outstanding institutions – to bolster the life chances of young people in East Anglia.

Dame Rachel also meets widely with national figures in education, ensuring the region and the Trust remain at the forefront of educational thinking in the UK and beyond.

She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to education. Her remarkable results at the two failing schools, her support for other schools, as well as setting up the country's first specialist maths and science free school – Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form – were mentioned in the citation.