CEO Blog – Term 5 round-up

CEO Blog – Term 5 round-up

Dear readers,

I’ve taken a moment’s quiet from my half term trip to Holland with one of my best friends and our children to write my Term 5 round up. With so many positive stories to reflect on, I’m not too sure where to start.

As all students, staff and anyone else working in the sector will know, Term 5 goes by in the blink of an eye and although it’s the shortest term of the academic year, by no means at all is it the quietest. Suddenly the SATs are all done, secondary exam season is in full swing, the phonics testing is on the horizon and everyone is on the countdown to that much needed summer break.

However, Term 6 is a vital time of year as we also prepare for the next academic year. This year preparation will be even more important with schools preparing for the new Ofsted framework and the knowledge based curriculum schools are expected to implement. Our Headteachers have been working hard with their teams to draft their Curriculum intent statements and I am really looking forward to seeing these being implemented over the next 12-18 months.

I am incredibly proud of the community at Cedar Children’s Academy who were inspected by Ofsted on early May and received a “GOOD” rating in “ALL” areas. The school took the inspection in their stride and I can honestly say that they were brimming with excitement for the inspection to show just how brilliant the school is on a day-to-day basis. Kirstie Jones’ leadership has been paramount in the school’s improvement over the last few years, as has her staff’s dedication to “Transforming Life Chances”.

Click here to read the full article and to see in greater depth what Ofsted had to say about the school.

https://www.tsatrust.org.uk/2019/05/good-across-the-board-cedar-childrens-academys-success-confirmed-by-ofsted/

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In Portsmouth – Newbridge Junior School planted trees for the ‘Vote 100 Plant 100’ project which was initiated by Stephen Morgan MP. The project marks the end of a year of celebrations of the centenary since women got the vote. Stephen Morgan himself visited Newbridge to show his support. Stephen attended Penhale Infant School when he was growing up in Portsmouth and we are always delighted to welcome him into any of our Thinking Schools.

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The Victory Academy are delighted that two of their pupils have been accepted onto the The Imperial College’s Summer School for Medicine this year. The school is also well known for its Artsmark accreditation and creative ability. The performing arts department have recently created a music video for their entry into the Shakeaway’s National Dance Troupe Campaign.

Please click here to watch the video and if you enjoy it, please give it a vote! Each vote goes towards the chance of winning £500 for the school and a workshop with a West End Company for those involved in the video.

https://www.facebook.com/shakeawayland/app/36495350702?brandloc=DISABLE&app_data=view-gallery%2Cfor-MJquW6bKgAc

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Speaking of talented students amongst the Trust, children from All Faiths Children’s Academy took part in the National Junior Signing Choir competition during May and won for the third year in a row! The All Faiths Revolutionaries travelled all the way to Dundee to take part with the 32 strong choir doing amazingly with their two performances. A huge well done to the All Faiths Revolutionaries! I am absolutely inspired by them, just amazing.

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You may have also seen on the local news that Rochester Grammar School’s NChant Choir reached the finals of BBC One’s Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year 2019 competition. The girls performed in front of a panel of celebrity judges, including singer and vocal coach Carrie Grant, ex-JLS member JB Gill and opera singer Russell Watson. Sadly they didn’t secure the title, however their success, dedication and sheer talent to get them to the final is fantastic – well done to all!

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Meon Infant School staff, parents and children held a Garden Party in their fantastic new garden area last term. The ‘Friends of Meon’ raised over £16,000 for the project and continue to raise funds to make the school an excellent environment for the children.

Meon Junior School definitely has a bold claim for the title for Thinking School Sporting Champions of the year. Another success for them this term was with four students winning a Mini Tennis / Racket Skills event in Portsmouth. They are going forward to represent Portsmouth at The Hampshire Games. There’s no stopping the students at that school!

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Holcombe Grammar School have also had a sporting achievement as some Year 7 students participated in the Medway School Games Athletic competition. They have progressed to the finals to represent Medway at the Kent School Games final on the 21st June – Congratulations boys.

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Rochester Grammar School presented Robert Sterry from the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance with a cheque for £5,795.31 raised from the school’s ninth annual charity dance show, Flair. Over 80 students worked to coordinate choreography, performance, set production and advertising to produce the spectacular show.

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New Horizons Children’s Academy have been shortlisted for an award for their contributions to Burnet News Club. They will also be going to Buckingham Palace next month and I am hoping to see photos of Jody and Ella with the Queen in my next blog! The school are also leading the way in SEND systems and structures, they have been celebrating being the first school in the local authority to achieve the SEND Inclusion Award.

The SEND Inclusion Award offers mainstream schools the opportunity to review, develop and gain accreditation for their provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Specifically, the award concentrates on ‘outcomes’ for pupils and how schools can demonstrate the impact of their SEND provision.

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Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Karen Beany has also been invited to speak at the Medway SENCo Conference to present on the systems and structures at the school and the impact of her work with our children as an example of great practice.

Gordon Children’s Academy marked the end of their ‘Allotment’ topic in Year 5 with a picnic on the fields and Year 1 finished their ‘Bright Lights Big City’ topic by acting out the great fire of London with houses made from junk modelling on the playground.

I was delighted to hear of students at The Portsmouth Academy building a mud kitchen for Penhale Infant School – thank you to Mr Gittins for your support in making this happen.

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Kate Keller told me told proud she was of her diverse school, the staff and children have been excited for their special assembly last term to celebrate Eid.

Three students from the Goodwin Academy secured a level 8 for their Food Tech coursework. The school have also launched a school House system recently and a member of staff is completing an Iron Man in July to raise money for a school nominated charity – lots going on in Deal!

On Friday 17th of May, six year eight students from The Portsmouth Academy visited the Lord Mayor’s Chambers for the final session of the You Speak programme. Over the last twelve weeks, the programme has developed the debating skills of the students, focusing on delivery, structure and confidence when debating. Thank you to Miss Lowry for organising and supporting the students through the scheme.

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Last month one of our teachers, Hanna Miller was invited to Kent Teacher of the year awards and was nominated for some incredible reasons, varying from her roles in the classroom to her Thinking Skills presentations. Hanna Miller left the awards winning ‘Secondary School Teacher of the Year’. I am so incredibly proud of Hanna – she well and truly deserved this award as she is an inspiration to all, with an infectious personality.

To read Hanna’s full nomination please visit our news post here.

https://www.tsatrust.org.uk/2019/05/secondary-school-teacher-of-the-year-hanna-miller/

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We also launched the consultation to merge Isambard Brunel Junior School and Meredith Infant School from September 2020. The schools are located on the same site and the advantage to the schools joining to become one is clear. Parents will only need to apply to one school and the space on the sites will be shared more efficiently meaning more learning and play space for our students.

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This term is a crucial time for our students and I wish each one of them the very best of luck in their examinations and to remind them to use their ’Thinking‘ tools.

 

All the best

 

Stuart