Thinking Schools Academy Trust to become sponsor of Goodwin Academy

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Goodwin Academy will be sponsored by Thinking Schools Academy Trust from September 1st, the Department for Education today announced.

Our Trust which sponsors 14 academies in Medway and in Portsmouth, has a superb track record of ensuring that our schools are secure financially, achieve excellent academic results, and are popular with parents. We are pioneering an innovative ‘Thinking School’ approach to enhance students’ cognitive capabilities and learning habits, and are rated by the Government as the leading trust in the country for progress made by students in the GCSE performance tables this year. Our Trust has also been short-listed to be education Employer of the Year in the 2018 TES Awards.

Goodwin Academy, a secondary school in Deal, has been transformed in recent years. It has stunning new facilities, while academic standards, teaching and behaviour are all on the up.

Simon Smith, the Principal of Goodwin Academy, said:

“I am delighted that Thinking Schools Academy Trust is to be the new sponsor. They are an excellent trust and I am looking forward to drawing on their expert support and input as we continue Goodwin Academy’s journey of improvement.

“Goodwin Academy has a deserved reputation as a student-centred school that gives young people the very best opportunities, provides a broad and balanced curriculum, and helps ensures students achieve the best outcomes possible. This vision is strengthened by the news that TSAT will become Goodwin’s sponsor in the autumn.”

Stuart Gardner, the Chief Executive of Thinking Schools, said:

“The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is a successful trust underpinned by a commitment to transform the life chances of our students. We have a strong educational vision of fully integrated thinking schools, outstanding and driven leaders, dedicated teachers and support staff backed by a committed team of governors.

“We are looking forward to working with the students, staff and parents at Goodwin Academy to build on its solid foundations and continue its ongoing improvement.”

Angela Barry, Interim Chief Executive of SchoolsCompany Trust since the start of the calendar year, said:

“Over the last few months, our work has focused on stabilising the finances of the school, and the decision by the Department for Education and the Regional Schools Commissioner to appoint Thinking Schools as the new sponsor assures Goodwin Academy’s future. This is a very new, and exciting, chapter for Goodwin Academy.”