News and Updates

17/04/24 - Offers made to our first reception cohort - September 2024

With national offer day for school places now passed, we are delighted to welcome those children that have been offered a place to our first reception cohort.

We will be in touch with parents/carers in due course with information regarding upcoming events and to share necessary information. In the meantime, please get in touch with us via our office email address should you have any immediate queries.

We look forward to welcoming you!

14/03/24 - Our school is taking shape

Exciting news! Cringleford Prep is nearing completion, and our new school is taking shape. Our principal, Carmel Greene, had the chance to tour the building last week to get a feel for the site and see the incredible progression that’s been made over the last few months by R G Carter.

She commented, “This building provides an exceptional space for learning, and I am excited to get in and welcome our first cohort in September.”

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31/01/24 - Finishing Touches Begin!

Exciting news - our school is nearing completion!

From the latest update, we can share that internal works are now almost complete and finishing touches such as painting, decorating and carpet-fitting are starting to take place. We are excited to share this fantastic news as we approach the completion date, particularly as the admissions window for reception has just recently closed.

We hope to announce soon when families will be able to have a look around our school ahead of opening in September.

18/09/23 - Steel Signing Celebrations

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On September 5th, the latest construction milestone for the new primary school being built in Cringleford concluded with a steel signing ceremony held on-site. The steel structure of the building is now standing, ahead of the planned opening of the school in September 2024.

The event was attended by representatives from Norfolk County Council, who are funding and commissioning the school, Inspiration Trust who will be leading the school, designers of the project NPS Group and R G Carter who are building the school.

The teams were given a tour of the site and shown the progress that had been made since the groundbreaking event in the springtime, with the opportunity to sign the steel pillars which will be encased at the heart of the school. With the steel and block and beam work now complete, the steel framing system (SFS) has started on the elevations of the building and will continue over the coming weeks, enabling brickwork to commence and the building’s aesthetics revealed.

Mario Rackham, Director and General Manager at R G Carter said:

The steel signing event is the perfect way to celebrate this important stage of the project and for all those that have been involved to make their mark.”

“With the building’s structure now in place, it’s great to see the Norfolk County Council and Inspiration Trust’s vision starting to come to life and we look forward to handing over this high-quality facility for the local community.”

Penny Carpenter, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services from Norfolk County Council said:

“Cringleford is a growing village, and this new school will be a great addition to this thriving community, ensuring that there are the right number of school places for children to go to school in their local community. We’re delighted to partner with RG Carter and the Inspiration Trust in this project and look forward to celebrating more milestones soon.”

Gareth Stevens, Chief Executive Officer at Inspiration Trust said:

“Amazing progress continues to be made by R G Carter as we mark another milestone in this project.”

“We are delighted to be nearer to our goal of providing the children of Cringleford with an exceptional education and excellent cultural and sporting opportunities. Cringleford Prep will set the children of Cringleford up to succeed and prepare them for bright futures.”

Carmel Greene, Founding Principal of Cringleford Prep said:

“I am delighted to see the progress that continues to be made and look forward to being able to open up Cringleford Prep to the children and families within the local community. It is clear that all parties involved are keen to create and deliver the best facilities possible for our pupils, next September. Our vision for providing an environment where happy, curious, courteous children can flourish becomes closer with every milestone reached.”

24/07/23 - New primary school in Cringleford named as Cringleford Prep

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Following a consultation with the public, Inspiration Trust is pleased to announce that its newest school, due to open in September 2024, will be named Cringleford Prep.

Inspiration Trust is also pleased to showcase Cringleford Prep’s logo. Inspired by the well-loved bridge in Cringleford with its mediaeval shield details, the village’s rich history and surrounding green atmosphere. 

Cringleford Prep’s logo takes on these shield shapes and combines this with traditional mediaeval designs that consist of swirly motifs and flower decor, which not only play homage to the village’s rich history but to the beautiful nature that surrounds the area and the outdoor learning Cringleford Prep’s pupils will get to experience. 

This mediaeval style also overlaps into the The ‘C’ and the ‘P’ for Cringleford Prep which are entwined to create a monogram that reflects the school’s academic promise and traditional values.

Carmel Greene, Founding Principal says:


“It has been wonderful meeting with so many parents, carers and members of the Cringleford community throughout this consultation, and for them to have their input on the name. I am hugely excited to lead Cringleford Prep and to develop something truly exceptional that supports both pupils and parents alike.”

21/07/23 - Consultation Report

Following the conclusion of our consultation, a summary of the findings can be found in our report below.

Cringleford Consultation Report

28/06/23 - Carmel Greene Appointed as Principal

Carmel Greene   HeadshotWith a clear mission to provide all the children of our county with the best possible education, Inspiration Trust is delighted to announce that Carmel Greene has been appointed to carry out this mission as Principal of a new primary school being developed in Cringleford.

With a rich background in education, Carmel started out as a Geography teacher following studying the subject at University of Cambridge and training to teach with Teach First. Carmel quickly moved into leadership roles, working across a variety of schools in London. Carmel relocated to Norfolk where she took on the role of leading Inspiration Trust’s Teacher Training programme before subsequently supporting the set up of the Trust's Teaching School Hub, taking on the post of Inspiration Teaching School Hub Director.

Carmel Greene says:


“I am delighted to have been appointed Principal of our new school in Cringleford and hugely excited by the opportunity to develop something truly exceptional. I have always been passionate about the importance of education and its role in ensuring that all children have the chance to fulfil their potential. I am committed to developing curious, capable and confident children who value and enjoy their time at school, and who leave us with a breadth and depth of knowledge of the world and of themselves. With two young boys myself, I understand the trust that parents place in us as educators, and I view this as a huge privilege. Having worked within the Inspiration Trust for a number of years, I know what it takes to provide the very best education and pastoral care and I am lucky to have worked with many specialists in my time that share their expertise with the Trust’s family of schools. I look forward to building relationships with local community groups and organisations and meeting with all the parents and carers within the Cringleford community. I am immensely excited to welcome our first reception cohort in 2024.”

14/06/23 - Work Underway on New Primary School


Work is now underway on the much-needed 420-place new primary school in Cringleford near Norwich.

A ground-breaking ceremony, which traditionally marks the beginning of construction for new building projects, was attended by: Norfolk County Council, which is funding and commissioning the new school; Inspiration Trust, which will be running it; and RG Carter which is building it.

The new school is being built on land off Colney Lane on the edge of Norwich. It will be a second primary school for the growing village of Cringleford, which is due to see around 1,300 new homes built.

Gareth Stevens, Chief Executive Officer of Inspiration Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the opportunity to open a new free school in Cringleford and it was wonderful to see the building works underway.

“We have a clear mission across all our schools - to provide the children of our county with the best possible education and being able to open this new free school in Cringleford will enable us to expand further on this, improving outcomes for even more children and setting them up to succeed in the next stage of their education.”

10/06/23 - Consultation Goes Live

Following Inspiration Trust’s recent appointment as the leaders of the new Free School being built in Cringleford for 4-11 year olds, the trust is currently holding a consultation regarding the school’s name.

The three names being proposed for the school are: Cringleford Prep, Cringleford Academy and Cringleford Free School with the trust welcoming feedback from those living and working in and around the local community.

The school, which will have a focus on academic excellence, sport, music, outdoor learning and the arts will be the 18th school to join Inspiration Trust and will be located in the catchment area of the county’s best secondary school - the Ofsted Outstanding, Hethersett Academy - also part of Inspiration Trust.

Gareth Stevens - CEO, Inspiration Trust says:

We are delighted to have been awarded the opportunity to open a new free school in Cringleford and we welcome the views of the local community regarding its naming.

We have a clear mission across all our schools - to provide the children of our county with the best possible education and we are keen for the name of the school to reflect this. We look forward to receiving the local community’s thoughts.”

Inspiration Trust is proudly committed to improving the standards of education in the East of England and the new Free School in Cringleford aims to offer primary school pupils opportunities that match those afforded to those attending private education. Wellbeing will be fundamental to the provision, ensuring all pupils feel safe, secure and valued as individuals. The school day will include a wealth of opportunities for sports, outdoor learning, music and the arts. There will also be an extensive extra-curricular offer to harness children’s interests and curiosity and provide wrap-around care for parents.

The new school in Cringleford is being built to support the growing Cringleford village which is currently in the midst of seeing around 1,300 new homes being erected.

The consultation is open until 10th July 2023 and you can submit your views here.

22/04/23 - Planning Permission Granted

"Plans for a new 420-place primary school in a rapidly growing community on the edge of Norwich have been given the go-ahead.

Norfolk County Council had applied to itself for permission for the school on land off Colney Lane in Cringleford, near the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital."