Thomas Wolsey School in Ipswich joins Ormiston Academies Trust

Thomas Wolsey School in Ipswich has become an academy. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Thomas Wolsey School in Ipswich has become an academy. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

A special needs school in Ipswich has converted into an academy.

Thomas Wolsey School, which is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, has joined Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT).

As part of the transfer, the school has taken on a new name – Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy.

The town’s formerly named Stoke High School and Thurleston High School are also with the trust.

Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy will maintain its funding from the Government, but benefit from greater autonomy and support from the OAT network.

There are no plans to change the duration or schedule of the school day, or the school uniform at this stage, bosses have confirmed.

Principal Helen MacDougall said: “At Thomas Wolsey Academy, we follow a person centred approach which means that every young person’s learning journey is adapted to their individual needs. We will continue with the wonderful work we have been doing but look forward to being part of the OAT family and the many opportunities and benefits it will bring to our young people and staff in being a part of a sizeable trust.”

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Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy, which is the first special school to join OAT, educates pupils aged three-16 with physical, sensory, medical and learning needs.

Nick Hudson, chief executive officer of OAT, said: “We are committed to ensuring that every young person has the opportunity to reach their full potential no matter that their barriers, and we look forward to working closely with Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy to ensure it continues to achieve this.”