Welcome to SWAT

The Samuel Ward Academy Trust is a partnership of schools located on the Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire borders. We share the same values, face similar issues and are geographically close enough to support and challenge each other.

We recognise, however, the unique characteristics of each of the communities we work in and how they are reflected in distinctive school cultures. We encourage cultural diversity, celebrate the special qualities of each of our schools and recognise that communities to become sustainable must develop and grow.

We are not looking for corporate solutions but a partnership that respects, sustains and supports. Our model is about creating interdependence; schools that more self-sustaining than stand-alone academies, less dependent than local authority schools and more independent than schools in corporate chains.

However, we do all subscribe to a set of shared values, principles and operational processes that ensure quality education for all our young people. Our central belief is that every young life is special; open to possibility, gifted with the potential to change the world for the better but also bound by the limits of their own circumstances. Our ambition is to unlock the potential of all children, remove the barriers to aspiration and ensure that all our children succeed.

We will work with schools that can subscribe to these values and who are prepared to take responsibility and share resources with others. This approach is already improving the life chances of pupils in primary, special and secondary schools. Please come and help us help more.