Our Partnerships

The Wensum Trust has established unique partnerships with a number of organisations to offer experiences that allow children to explore their interests and talent from an early age. 

By providing each child with a clear career trajectory, we lift their aspirations and give them a sense of belonging. Children in the Wensum Trust gain a better understanding of the purpose of education, engage better in school life and develop into high achieving individuals in their chosen field.

We work with partners to provide our staff with unique training and networking opportunities across a range of sectors. By working with industry leaders, staff are able to inspire children and broaden their opportunities.

The Community Sports Foundation’s Football and Education programmes continue to provide proven pathways for young people, inspired and engaged by football, to achieve their own individual goals. 
The education element of the programme will see students working towards the Cambridge National Extended Diploma in Sport, the equivalent of three full A-levels, ensuring university progression becomes a real option. Over the two-year programme students will cover a variety of different units, which link directly to potential career pathways in the sporting industry.
A comprehensive football coaching programme allows for individual and team development through a series of technical and tactical sessions across the week. Those selected for squads will have the opportunity to represent Norwich City Football Club against other professional clubs.
Students are also supported with their off-field development through the Life Skills Programme, which focuses on topics that complement both the student and programme’s needs. Read more here

The Wensum Trust has teamed up with KLM UK Engineering to inspire the next generation of aviation engineers.

The partnership aims to improve accessibility to an industry which is facing a £1.5 billion skills shortage in the UK. Students can also pursue a direct career path into aviation with KLM UK Engineering’s apprenticeship scheme. Read more here.


Lovell (and Morgan Sindall Construction) will partner with Hellesdon High School and Acle Academy, working purposefully together to support pupils with their learning, personal and academic development to help them to make career choices that are right for the individual, the industry they choose to join and the community in which they live and work.
We have elected to invest time together to enrich the national curriculum for students by providing hands on experience of the industry, exposure to the people who currently work in the industry and guidance on subject choices and their relevance to functions within the industry.
We will work together to support teaching staff and school management teams to develop young adults who are ambitious, clear sighted and inspired by the breadth of career opportunity offer by the construction industry. Read more here

Our partnership with NWRFC enables our students from Reception to Year 11 to access high quality coaching, whilst providing an enjoyable experience that goes far beyond just playing rugby. We understand the importance that rugby and regular physical activity plays in improving both the physical and mental health of our students. In addition, the core values that the sport represents are all lifelong skills that we want for all our students. 
The bespoke programme provides a sense of belonging and a clear pathway for our students to progress onto rugby, whether they're playing for fun or through an elite route with the club. Read more here

Norwich Theatre have secured a grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to deliver Wise About Words.  The aims of this partnership for Wise About Words are to empower teachers and Senior Leaders working with artists to harness the power of story-sharing and reduce barriers to learning for pupils experiencing disadvantage. Across our primary schools the project will explore the barriers to learning in eight primary schools in urban, rural and coastal locations.  
We are working together to establish a ‘Story-sharing School’ model utilising drama-led practices, which allow pupils to develop literacy skills and their executive functioning skills. 
The project aims to support teacher’s professional development and learning in the delivery of effective arts-based learning in the primary classroom. The project is designed to be immersive and collaborative with the teacher, artists and senior leaders in schools working together as co-learners to improve outcomes for pupils. Read more here

Wells Sea Cadets (Charity) launched in 2018 on the APHS school site has grown and is now an established unit for 10-16 year olds. The partnership provides students and cadets with the opportunity to participate in a huge range of water based and land based activities such as sailing, kayaking, aviation, seamanship, navigation, water safety, residential boat trips, Duke of Edinburgh Award, first aid, power boat training to name just a few. Cadets gain qualifications such as the National Governing Body Awards for different sports and the Institute of Leadership and Management Young Leaders and Team Member Awards. Supporting all three strands of the Wensum Trust Objectives participating as a Sea Cadets provides the opportunity to Learn and Achieve qualifications, develop Career opportunities and Life Skills and supports Mental Health and Wellbeing. Reads more here

ZSEA based at Banham Zoo are working closely with Kinsale Junior School to develop a Zoo School curriculum.  The aim is to enhance understanding of conservation and preservation in all age groups so that children know how they can make a difference
The focus is on engaging Key Stage 2 pupils in a Zoo School Curriculum by supporting Kinsale Junior School to enable pupils to:  


  • Participate in debates
  • Study the work of scientists and naturalists
  • Develop problem solving strategies 
  • Complete enrichment challenges that will help pupils understand the impact they have on the environment
  • Develop understanding of the world at local, national and global levels

By working with the education department at the zoo we are developing career pathways within science and natural conservation and environmental industries 
We intend to research the impact of Zoo School on pupils’ understanding of conservation, ecology and preservation as well as their career aspirations. Read more here