Taking the risk to convert to academy status has paid off for primary schools in Sunderland.
Four years ago Town End Primary School and nearby Bexhill Primary School came together to form the WISE Academies Trust.
Although working together the two schools, Town End Academy and Bexhill Academy, have kept their own identities.
WISE, which stands for We Inspire Success and Excellence, then took on two struggling schools, Hasting Hill Primary School in Sunderland and Welbeck in Newcastle, and say they have had huge success.
Zoe Carr, the chief executive officer of WISE Academies, said the improvements at Hasting Hill Academy have been amazing.
You can read the full article on the Sunderland Echo website here.