Paradigm Trust (Paradigm) is a multi-academy trust with a very simple ethos: every child is entitled to an outstanding education, with equal access to knowledge, skills, opportunities, aspirations, life chances and dignity. With origins in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH), where Paradigm has three academies, in 2015 the Department for Education (DfE) asked Paradigm to take on a fourth academy in Ipswich.
The founder schools in Paradigm, Culloden Primary Academy and Old Ford Primary Academy, are located in LBTH and converted to academy status with effect from 1 September 2013. Both are now rated outstanding by Ofsted and Old Ford is a National Teaching School. Culloden includes a LBTH deaf support base for primary school children. On 1 September 2014, Paradigm assumed responsibility for Solebay Primary Academy, a free school in LBTH. This school was rated as ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted before joining Paradigm. In its recent Ofsted inspection, it was rated good with outstanding features – a remarkable turnaround in just over one year. LBTH has high deprivation and these schools have high proportions of children entitled to free school meals and children with English as an additional language.
Paradigm took on Ipswich Academy with effect from 1 September 2015. This school had been placed in special measures under its previous sponsor following Ofsted inspections and, under Paradigm’s leadership, was judged to no longer require special measures by Ofsted (October 2016).
Murrayfield Primary Academy (Ipswich) transferred to the management of Paradigm Trust in January 2017. Piper’s Vale Primary Academy (Ipswich) joined Paradigm in September 2017. Both schools were transferred at the order of the Department for Education. Paradigm was chosen as the sponsoring trust because of its local connections and strong track record in improving failing schools.
As at September 2017, Paradigm had 3200 pupils on roll.