Four city primary schools are working together to boost their results and the prospects of children.
Sycamore Primary in St Ann’s is the latest academy to join the LEAD Academy Trust.
It joins three other primaries – Huntingdon and St Ann’s Well in St Ann’s and Edna G Olds in Lenton.
Trust bosses are looking to expand further, possibly even targeting schools in other parts of the country, and more than ten could sign up by the end of the year.
It is the latest trust to be set up in the city to oversee academies, following the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust and the Nottingham Learning Trust.
They are companies that provide support for academies that have broken away from local authority control.
Sycamore head teacher Paul Worley said: “Our new academy is buzzing with excitement about working in true partnership to create an outstanding future for children.
“There will be no excuses for underachievement at LEAD schools.”
Head of the trust Diana Owen said: “We believe that our children are entitled to the best education possible.
“Our children will benefit from bringing together really successful teaching and learning from each of the schools. The staff will work closely together, constantly evaluating and developing their own expertise, and sharing the best practice across all the schools.”
She added: “We expect our membership to be well into double figures by the end of the year.”
Children at each of the academies celebrated the launch of the partnership on Thursday by simultaneously releasing balloons, while trees were planted.
The trust was initially set up last October, taking its name from its four principles of lead, empower, achieve and drive – LEAD.
Mark Blois, a partner at Browne Jacobson legal practice, is chairman of its board of directors.
He said: “We’ve developed a model that balances autonomy and independence with mutual support, access to central services like leadership development, HR, finance and marketing and robust governance. It will give us a strong framework for national growth.”
Huntingdon head of school Teresa Shrestha said: “Huntingdon has worked successfully with many schools to raise standards and outcomes for children.
“We know the value of giving and receiving support, but also having the freedom to lead and manage in a way that preserves individual identity and responds to local needs.”
Steve Parry, St Ann’s Well head teacher, said: “Every parent wants to feel their child is receiving the best-possible quality of education wherever the school happens to be.
“That’s what our focus on partnership working and shared values is about.”
Melany Pemberton, head teacher at Edna G Olds, said: “We are thrilled to be a part of LEAD Academy Trust.
“Staff and pupils are very excited about all the prospects and opportunities that will evolve from this collaborative partnership work.”