An Ipswich primary school says becoming an academy could help with its SEND provisions. 

The Department of Education decided in March to convert Ravenswood Community Primary School into an academy that will join the Eko Trust. 

The primary school and the trust have worked together since 2017 and the school believes that the trust's strategy aligns with their improvement needs.

Headteacher at Ravenswood Community Primary School Helen Kent said: “We know that by joining Eko Trust we will benefit from not only the sharing of resources but the expertise, support and sharing of best practices and learnings from schools within Suffolk and further afield across Brighton and London too.

"This will ensure we can continue to enhance our teaching and learning, elevate our SEND provision and increase our professional development for staff so that we can continue to lift aspirations and inspire our young people to achieve their potential.”

Along with regularly participating in community projects, Ravenswood Primary School has a 'good' rating according to Ofsted and has regularly focused on meeting the additional needs that students may have.

They will join Eko Trust this September, becoming the eighth school under the trust located across Suffolk and Essex.

Like the school, the trust also have a commitment towards providing specialist training to SEND students. 

Eko Trust's CEO Rebekah Iiyambo said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Ravenswood and its fantastic community of pupils and staff into Eko Trust from September.

"We know that Helen and her team are deeply passionate about providing high quality education for pupils and their values strongly align with our own. Together we are guided by integrity, kindness, courage and equity."