New chapter for Sunderland primary with academy trust

Pupils having fun at Diamond Hall Junior Academy.
Pupils having fun at Diamond Hall Junior Academy.

A Sunderland school is aiming high after joining an academy trust.

Diamond Hall Junior Academy has officially joined the North East Learning Trust this month.

Joining the trust will mean the Well Street school will become part of one of the most ambitious and exciting new multi-academy trusts in the North East.

With a shared vision for excellence, the Sunderland primary school will work with other trust schools to help improve outcomes for hundreds of children across the region.

Headteacher at Diamond Hall Junior Academy, Kim Bennett, said they are looking forward to the future.

She said: “Joining the North East Learning Trust is a very exciting time for our school and we can’t wait to get started.

“We have a lovely, successful school which is forward thinking and always looking for the next opportunity.

“With our shared vision and values for our children, the North East Learning Trust is the perfect match for us, and a great step into the future.

“We are sure to see some great changes by working together over the coming years.”

Lesley Powell, the North East Learning Trust’s chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted that Diamond Hall Junior Academy is joining our trust and we look forward to working closely with their staff in the coming months.

“As a successful junior school, Diamond Hall will bring a wealth of valuable experiences and expertise to our trust.

“We are confident that their talented staff will boost the work we are doing with other primaries to help them to make rapid improvements.”

The North East Learning Trust is a growing multi academy trust made up of five secondary schools, three primary schools and a teacher training arm.

Its vision is to ensure every child experiences excellence every day.

Multi Academy Trusts have been created by many of the best school leaders, teachers and governors to improve and sustain standards in schools.

The North East Learning Trust was founded by The Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee and includes Browney Academy on the outskirts of Durham, Shotton Hall SCITT, Easington Academy in Easington, Teesdale School and Sixth Form in Barnard Castle, Sacriston Academy, with Ashington Academy and Bedlington Academy in Northumberland set to join in the coming months.