The Inspiration Trust was founded out of a desire to ensure that no child is left behind, and that the best educational opportunities should be available to all - regardless of background.
Firmly rooted in East Anglia, our family of academies has grown from a single school in Great Yarmouth to include more than a dozen primary, secondary, and sixth form institutions across Norfolk and Suffolk.
The Trust has twice been ranked as the top comprehensive schools group in the country for pupil progress to GCSE.
Our founding trustees Sir Theodore Agnew and David Tibble create the then East Norfolk Academy Trust with our chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza, in preparation for our first school, Greenacre Primary in Great Yarmouth, joining the trust.
Greenacre opens as Great Yarmouth Primary Academy, marking the start of a dramatic turnaround for the school. From being in and out of special measures and going through a string of headteachers, the academy sees a dramatic improvement in behaviour and standards.
The academy also pioneers the trust's extended day programme, which gives children wide opportunities in sports and the arts.
The trust is renamed to the Inspiration Trust, to reflect its potential to work with schools across the region.
Cromer Academy, a standalone academy, decides to join the Inspiration Trust to enjoy the benefits of collaboration with a wider family of schools.
Larkman Primary School joins the trust, becoming Norwich Primary Academy.
Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form opens as the country's first maths and science specialist sixth form and the trust's first free school. Two years later its first set of results put it at the top of table for free-to-attend sixth forms in Norfolk.
Thetford Academy joins the trust from its previous academy sponsors.
Hethersett High joins the trust, becoming Hethersett Academy. Previously in special measures, in January 2016 received an Outstanding rating from Ofsted.
Jane Austen College, the trust's first secondary free school opens in central Norwich. The college makes waves with its 'no homework' policy, encouraging instead independent study as part of an extended school day, and becomes oversubscribed within two years of opening.
Cobholm Primary in Great Yarmouth and Stradbroke Primary in Gorleston become academies and join the trust.
East Point Academy transfers from the Academies Enterprise Trust to join the Inspiration Trust.
The Hewett Academy, Norwich opens, after converting to an academy and joining the trust.
The trust opens two new free schools: Charles Darwin Primary in Norwich, and Trafalgar College in Great Yarmouth.
Hethersett Academy becomes a National Teaching School.
Great Yarmouth High School becomes an academy and joins the Inspiration Trust as Great Yarmouth Charter Academy.
Our Inspiration Teacher Training course welcomes its first trainees, with more than 50 people starting their teacher training with us at placements in our schools and with partners across the region.
The Trust brings together Trafalgar College and Great Yarmouth Charter Academy as a free school under the Charter name.