Academic excellence!

Helping young minds shine

At Connect, we have a bold vision for our schools. This includes providing the best possible educational opportunities for every child.

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We have high expectations – of ourselves, our school staff and children. That’s because we know that with the right support and cooperation, the classroom is a place where great things happen.

Across the Connect Academy Trust, we promote a strong collaborative spirit, where best practices are shared for the benefit of all. Our rigorous educational framework and rich curriculum create the right conditions to nurture confident, rounded learners of all abilities.

Our determination to deliver success is underpinned by an outstanding network of resources. We have a bespoke School Improvement service which supports curriculum development, drives up performance and ensures outcomes are progressing and schools are well-prepared for Ofsted inspections. Sarah Ryder is our School Improvement Lead, having been a Headteacher of 2 contrasting schools and now a lead Ofsted Inspector too. We work with a number of schools and Trusts outside Connect. For further information or to discuss how we can work with your school, please see our School Improvement Strategy below and/or email

Our strong commitment to training promotes staff engagement, motivation and teamwork. In addition to teaching the national curriculum, our unique Ocean Conservation Curriculum inspires children across our schools to understand and care for our natural world. In all of our schools, the dedicated and excellent support for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities ensures no child is left behind. Three Connect schools have an integrated specialist support centre for children with SEND.

We have created a family of schools where the hunger to achieve runs through everything we do, and is guided by sound values, effective planning and dynamic leadership.


of our pupils had the opportunity to take part in enrichment activities such as swimming, sleeping with sharks, residentials, forest schools or field trips


of our schools were judged as 'Good' at their last Ofsted inspection. Cockington Primary, which was judged as Inadequate before joining us in 2022, is improving quickly and on a rapid journey to 'Good'


of our Year 6 children are met the expected standard in reading (2022), above the national average of 74%

How we achieve excellence

Having high expectations of our staff, underpinned by expert training

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Driving up standards through our School Improvement Support programme

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Offering excellent support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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Providing high-quality leadership and governance across the Connect group

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Focusing on a high calibre of recruitment and ongoing investment in staff

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The Connect Academy Trust is only able to pursue its goals thanks to the collaboration and dedication of the brilliant people who make it all happen. They champion our trust values, give their all and commit to making a difference.

The power to unlock a love of learning comes from the talent, care and enthusiasm of the teachers, support staff and every other person that plays their part. In return, we work hard to support our schools through training and governance, and help enable cooperation across the trust, empowering everyone to play to their strengths.

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If you need more information, please contact us.

Our schools are each unique and distinctive, but are united in a trust-wide motivation to achieve excellence.

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