Announcements | 2nd September 2015

New Y7 pupils start on Monday 7 September at 8:30am

We look forward to welcoming new Y7 pupils at 8:30am. If you have any questions in advance of Monday, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Resources | 1st September 2015

Parents/Carers, Media and Stakeholder Q&A

Please note: the following information is also available as a PDF download.

Ipswich parents/carers and stakeholders

What is actually going to change to improve results?

  • We have a tried-and-tested approach to school improvement that we intend to apply to Ipswich Academy. We will focus on three areas: the quality of teaching to improve results, behaviour for learning and the quality of leadership and management.
  • The first thing we will do is to ensure that students have sufficient literacy skills to access the curriculum at the right level. Nothing else works if they can’t. This will mean ensuring that teachers are assisting students to develop these skills and, if necessary, putting the basics in place. We will then focus on core subjects such as maths, science and IT.
  • In terms of behaviour, our initial focus will be on ensuring that the behaviour of students does not disrupt the teaching and learning of any other students at the Academy. Our rules will be simple and clear, and consequences for not obeying them will be made clear and be fully enforced.
  • As leaders and managers our priority is to ensure that all lessons at Ipswich Academy are outstanding. This will mean a forensic focus on teaching and learning based on the use of accurate data about student achievement and levels of progress. All staff will be held accountable for outcomes whatever their role.

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Press Releases | 1st September 2015

Paradigm Trust Takes Over Control of Ipswich Academy


1st September 2015

Paradigm Trust is pleased to announce the transfer of Ipswich Academy into its control, effective from today.

Amanda Phillips, Executive Principal of Paradigm Trust and the new Principal of Ipswich Academy said:

“My job is to lead a school which is focused on the future. We will be looking at the successes we want to achieve by July 2016 and beyond.

“Paradigm Trust has a strong track record on school improvement having successfully delivered significant school improvement on three separate occasions in institutions that were in special measures or required improvement.

“In our first term, our priority is going to be developing confidence. Confidence that all students have the necessary literacy skills for effective learning in all subjects, that they are clear about what is expected of them, that teachers and learning support staff are delivering good or outstanding lessons and that parents understand what we are doing and are working with us to support the learning and progress of their children.

“We have a programme of staff development and will conduct a review of teaching and learning in the next two weeks, and then will be in a strong position to decide what specific actions are needed for the school to improve.”


Media enquiries

For further enquiries, please contact the Paradigm Trust media team on 020 7618 9194, or email

Notes to Editors

Paradigm Trust is a Multi Academy Trust, formed in September 2013, when the two founding schools, Old Ford Primary Academy (OFPA) and Culloden Primary Academy (CPA), converted to Academy status. In September 2014, Solebay Primary Academy (previously called CET Primary School Tower Hamlets) transferred to the Paradigm Trust.

Our Executive Principal is Amanda Phillips. She is a very experienced leader and is renowned for her tireless work to raise the achievement of pupils and students, often in the most challenging of circumstances. Her work as a National Leader for Education brings her into contact with a range of educational settings and organisations across the country. Her dedication, focus and success have resulted in securing a glowing reputation for OFPA and CPA, both nationally and internationally, and in her receiving a CBE in the New Year 2015 Honours’ List for services to education.

Last updated August 31, 2015