Murrayfield Primary Academy, Paradigm Trust | 11/11/2019

Celebrating success at Murrayfield Primary

Please click below to read a feature from the Ipswich Star on the success at Murrayfield Primary Academy:

‘Everyone deserves it’ – remarkable turnaround for school in Ipswich once rated ‘inadequate’

Murrayfield Primary Academy | 08/11/2019

Murrayfield Primary Academy celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted rating

The report credits quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision. This is a highly commendable improvement since Paradigm took over the school, which was previously judged as inadequate.

The inspection report recognises that parents and carers are now highly positive about the school, and that pupils are happy the school has “got a lot better over the last two years”, with older pupils saying that behaviour is now “fabulous”. Pupils referred to feeling safe at school because the teachers were like their parents, and the other pupils like their brothers and sisters.

Standards in English and mathematics have risen dramatically. Prior to the inspection, Murrayfield had achieved its best overall attainment results in the school’s history. Year Six SATS saw 63% of the pupils achieve the national standard in reading, writing and mathematics combined, with 80% of pupils achieving the national standard in mathematics, and an excellent 87% doing so in their writing.

The school was praised for ensuring that its pupils are prepared well for secondary school, with a real partnership between primary and secondary teachers and strong subject knowledge found across all areas.

Murrayfield Primary Academy has 60 children per year group, as well as a 26-place nursery.

Paradigm Trust ensures that all its schools offer a fantastic education in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. This is supported by enrichment opportunities that enable children to have the best opportunity to reach their potential.

For more information please contact Lena O’Shea on or T: 07971910843


Murrayfield Primary Academy, Paradigm Trust | 24/09/2019

Victorian Workhouse Visit

Year 6 pupils from Murrayfield Primary Academy recently visited a Victorian workhouse to gain some insight into the way in which lessons used to be taught in schools. Oh how times have changed!

Ipswich Academy, Murrayfield Primary Academy, Paradigm Trust, Piper's Vale Primary Academy | 18/09/2019

East Anglian Daily Times feature

The East Anglia Times today ran a feature celebrating the amazing success of out Ipswich Academies:


Culloden Primary Academy, Murrayfield Primary Academy, Old Ford Primary Academy, Paradigm Trust, Piper's Vale Primary Academy, Solebay Primary Academy | 21/05/2019

Well done Year 6!

Year 6 pupils across our Primaries have been sitting their SATs tests. We are very proud of all their hard work.

Here are Y6 pupils from Piper’s Vale enjoying a well earned visit to the park after their tests finished.

Culloden Primary Academy, Murrayfield Primary Academy, Old Ford Primary Academy, Paradigm Trust, Solebay Primary Academy, Uncategorized | 02/04/2019

Spring at Paradigm Trust

Spring has sprung, and our pupils have been waiting for chicks and ducklings to hatch, after carefully looking after their eggs.

Pictured are:

Chick from Culloden

Sunshine the first duckling to hatch at Murrayfield

Ducklings at Old Ford

Bouncer, first duckling at Solebay

Murrayfield Primary Academy, Paradigm Trust | 04/03/2019

Pupils go back to nature

Year 5 pupils from Murrayfield Primary had the chance to go back to nature to try den building and tool making. They made swings, learned to tie knots and told stories around the campfire. The pupils are growing in confidence and learning new skills.

Ipswich Academy, Murrayfield Primary Academy, Paradigm Trust, Piper's Vale Primary Academy | 10/12/2018

Value of community

One of the values of the Paradigm Trust is:

Community -Working together; learning from, and supporting, others.

Student ambassadors from Ipswich Academy put this value into action by visiting Murrayfield Primary and Piper’s Vale Primary academies last week to talk to their student councils about fundraising ideas for the Elmer Project. 

Culloden Primary Academy, Murrayfield Primary Academy, Old Ford Primary Academy, Paradigm Trust, Piper's Vale Primary Academy, Solebay Primary Academy | 19/11/2018

Pupils raise money for Children in Need

Last week, pupils across our academies found ways to raise money to support Children in Need. Here are a selection of photos of our pupils.

Murrayfield Primary Academy, Paradigm Trust | 31/10/2018

Murrayfield Primary Academy announces permanent principal

Neil Winn, currently interim principal of Murrayfield Primary Academy in Ipswich, is to become the school’s permanent principal with immediate effect.

Neil became interim principal in June 2017 following the death of the then principal Amanda Phillips. Since then, Neil has worked hard to improve the teaching and results in the school to deliver the outstanding education that every child deserves.

Neil Winn, principal at Murrayfield Primary Academy said:
“I am delighted to accept the position of Principal at Murrayfield. We have made good progress but I am looking forward to working with my colleagues and the parents / carers to continue our efforts to ensure every one of our pupils receives the outstanding education that they are entitled to. We are also looking forward to our first Ofsted inspection as an academy so that we can demonstrate what has been achieved.”

Bill Holledge, chief executive of Paradigm Trust, said:
“Neil has done a great job at Murrayfield so was an obvious choice to take on the permanent role and was unanimously appointed by the Board of Directors. During his time at the school, he has overseen real improvements for the pupils and we are confident that under his leadership there will be more exciting developments to look forward to in the future”.

Prior to joining Paradigm Trust, Neil was Principal Headteacher – Curriculum and Teaching and Learning – at Sacred Heart RC Comprehensive School in Teeside for five years before joining the BMAT Forest Hall School in Essex as Deputy Headteacher till 2017.

Media enquiries
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Notes to Editor
Paradigm Trust is a multi-academy trust, formed in September 2013, when the two founding schools, Old Ford Primary Academy and Culloden Primary Academy, converted to academy status. In September 2014, Solebay Primary Academy transferred to Paradigm Trust and Ipswich Academy in September 2015. In 2017, Murrayfield Primary Academy and Piper’s Vale Primary Academy became part of the trust.

You can download this statement by clicking here.

Last updated October 30, 2018