Suffolk and Norfolk Teaching School Alliance

About Us

About Us About Us

A warm welcome from Primary East. Our teaching school alliance is made up of a core of 6 strategic partnership schools/alliances, supported and strengthened by a large number of partner schools who work with and through us to provide a diverse and broad base of expertise

Through our partnership with all schools in the alliance, we are pleased to be able to support teaching and learning, in the primary phase, across South Norfolk, North Suffolk and beyond. One of our particular specialisms is in supporting small rural primary schools. However, we are growing our range of partner schools, so that we can now cater for the diverse needs of all primary schools in the region.


Primary East's latest Newsletter can be downloaded from here.

To find out more about the Alliance please browse our site.

If you would like to find out more about our services, have a specific query or are interested in working in partnership with us, then please contact us.

Partnership Schools Partnership Schools

A teaching school alliance is only as successful as the committment of the partner schools to working in collaboration.  At Primary East all of the partner schools sign up to the Terms of Reference which support an honest and transparent approach to Primary East Membership. 

Our Terms of Reference

Stradbroke Church of England Primary School is a small rural primary school set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. It prides itself on being a friendly and welcoming school.The ethos of the school is centred on providing a high standard of education for each individual child in a challenging and enjoyable environment. We also continue to develop our strong reputation for excellence in the Arts. In 2014 we celebrated our whole school Gold Artsmark status.The staff and governors are dedicated to ensuring that our pupils are given opportunities to develop as social and well educated members of the community by providing and encouraging participation in extra-curricular activities and events, in support of the delivery of the curriculum.We believe that the school will continue to grow and flourish as a major element of village and community life and will give our pupils the start in life they all deserve

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Our vision is to give our pupils the best start in life by providing an excellent grounding in key skills, as well as building character and developing confidence.  Our aim is to instil young people with the desire to reach their potential and to be responsible, compassionate members of the community who demonstrate respect for others.

Our partnership consists of six schools: Bardwell, Gislingham, Old Newton, Palgrave, Rougham and Ixworth. 
Mellis CEVC Primary
We aim to support each child to achieve their potential across the full primary curriculum. We believe in developing the whole child and encourage creative development through art and music. The school also encourages children to be healthy and active through high quality P.E. and competitive sport. We are a Church of England School and ensure the children have an opportunity to worship every day, make sure they are spiritually safe and model Christian values in all we do. We have a very good relationship with our local church; we visit the church for services and celebrations.


St Peter & St Paul Church of England VA Primary School

St Peter & St Paul Church of England VA Primary School


We are proud of our school, and all the children and staff who work within it.

Everyone has a role to play in the life of the school, and we celebrate the gifts which each individual brings to the school community every day. 

We promote spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and social development of pupils, based on the Christian principles of love, service and tolerance. 

We aim to produce outstanding citizens through the stimulating learning environment we provide, where the needs of the learners are at the heart of every decision we make.

We are a happy, progressive, primary school situated in the rural Suffolk town of Eye, which is five miles from Diss, Norfolk, and twenty five miles East of Bury St. Edmunds.

We believe in celebrating achievement, and fostering in children an intrinsic motivation to learn about the world around them, equipping them to become responsible citizens in the world, and life-long learners.


This will include aiming to:


  • Treat each child equally.
  • Foster the all-round development of each child: moral, spiritual, cultural, physical and mental.
  • Pursue academic excellence for all children in all areas of learning
  • Inspire learning for all children through a relevant, challenging and engaging curriculum, which creates a culture of learning without limits.



  Pulham CE Primary School 

At Pulham School our motto is ‘I am unique, together we are awesome’. We are a community of learners and we foster an ethos of mutual expectations, trust and respect between pupils and staff where both feel they have a voice and that voice is listened to and acted upon. In our school teachers and children invest emotionally and intellectually in their learning and each person is valued, nobody is written off, and children and adults do not have a ceiling imposed upon their learning. Teachers and children participate in and have control of their learning, with a positive sense of themselves and a commitment to the learning opportunities provided for them. All children are given the opportunity to develop the capacity to surprise themselves and those around them.


Pupils are engaged in their learning because it is relevant to them and it is enriched with subject specific events and a joy in learning both inside and outside – through Forest Schools. We give all pupils the opportunity to experience high quality educational provision, through visits to acclaimed national institutions such as the Science Museum and the Tower of London and we go on residential to London and to the Peak District to widen children’s experiences of the world they live in and are part of.


We engage with our community through the Index for Inclusion and create an atmosphere where joy, love, hope, optimism, beauty, trust, compassion, honesty and courage can flourish in each and every member of our community.

Wortham CEVC Primary
At Wortham Primary School we work together to enable our children to become successful learners, to know and understand that they are valued and to prepare them for life in the local and world wide community. At Wortham Primary School grown-ups and children work together to make us brilliant, happy learners. Everyone is important and everyone learns the skills they need to be successful grown-ups (Class 1's way of saying it)
Wortham CEVC Primary
Wilby CEVCP School
At Wilby Primary School we believe that learning should b fun. We promote a creative and exciting curriculum which ensures that our children are fully engaged in their learning and strive to do their best.
In 2018 we achieved the Gold Sports Mark and the Gold Arts Mark. We also hold the Primary Quality Science quality Mark. As a church of England school we work closely with our local church and the Christian values we promote are at the heart of all that we do. In 2018 our SIAMs inspection judged the school as 'Outstanding' observing that 'Pupils demonstrate a fascination for learning, pride in their work and respect for one another.'

The Primary East Team

Wortham CEVC Primary

Mrs Louise Clark B.Ed NPQH - Strategic Lead of Primary East

Louise started her teaching career over 20 years ago in Kent. After moving to Cambridgeshire Louise has experienced working in the Primary Sector as a EYFS leader (LA moderator), KS1 lead, SENDCO, Deputy Headteacher and more recently has worked for 10 years as a headteacher of an outstanding Infant School. As well as leading Primary East Louise continues to teach regularly.

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Mrs Emma Thurlow – Primary East Administrator


Emma has 10 years experience as a Buyer for the largest Pub Retailer and Brewer in the UK and previous to that held varying Administrative positions. 

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School House

Off Skinners Lane, School Lane

Bardwell, Suffolk
IP31 1AD

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