About Us

Our vision is simple - our children deserve to be in the best schools in the country and we will strive to achieve excellence for all.

A message from our CEO, Clare Flintoff:

I hope that our website gives you a flavour of what we believe, what we do and what we value. ASSET is a very special trust and, from the very beginning, we have wanted to tackle social injustice and inequality in education, giving every child the opportunity to be successful and fulfilled in their lives. Our children are our future and we want them to be the best they can be, to have confidence and a sense of service, to be empowered to make our world a more compassionate and sustainable place. Our people are at the heart of what we do; we support one another valuing connections and relationships because we believe that when people are cared for, learning happens and humans flourish. Our systems and procedures work smoothly and efficiently so we can spend our time well on what matters. You will often hear us talking about 'doing the right thing' and making brave but measured decisions, for the right reasons, with a strong moral purpose. What we say is what we do and we care deeply and authentically, always guided by our values of excellence, engagement, empowerment and equity.

To read about our 10 strategic priorities please see our Key Information page

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Our mission:

To achieve our vision we will seek to recognise and maximise people’s strengths and energy in order to engage everyone in the mission to raise aspirations, improve learning and achieve success. We will build a positive, resilient and empowering culture aiming always to do better. Our schools will be led and run by people who want things to work well, who can share practice, who can create consistency and high standards by collaborating, innovating, learning and striving for excellence.

Our values:

  • Excellence - we strive for excellence in every aspect of school life and achievement, tackling disadvantage and inequality with determination and a desire for success. We relentlessly pursue improvement keeping the highest expectations of all and for all. We work with professionalism and efficiency and are self-disciplined, resilient and innovative in order to achieve our aims.

  • Engagement - with a shared commitment to our vision and aspirations we empower individuals to be the best they can be. We balance ownership with accountability and build on strengths providing opportunities with positivity and optimism. We encourage trust by delegation and develop energetic, enthusiastic and committed leadership for improvement at all levels.

  • Empowerment - seeking out partnerships with others we value collaboration, cooperation and inclusion for the benefit of all. We take responsibility, acting with commitment, care and respect. We balance support with challenge to seek out the best. We commit to share, innovate and celebrate and require reflection and optimism.

  • Equity - recognising that starting points and barriers to learning are individual and unique to every learner we seek to provide whatever support, guidance and intervention we can in order to tackle disadvantage and discrimination wherever it exists. We strive to do everything within our capacity to remove the barriers to social mobility, working towards social justice.

Our history

ASSET Education (formally Ipswich Primary Academies Trust) was set up in 2015 to improve primary education in Suffolk. Originally three Ipswich schools: St Helen’s, The Oaks and Whitton, the Trust expanded in May 2017 when five schools in north-east Suffolk joined: Bungay, Edgar Sewter (Halesworth), Holton St Peter, Ilketshall St Lawrence and Wenhaston. In June 2018 the Trust sponsored Stutton Church of England Primary and in September 2018 the Trust sponsored Shotley Community Primary School. In March 2019 Castle Hill Infants and Juniors and Cliff Lane Primary Schools joined the trust from another Trust. In October 2019 Ringshall School joined.