CEO Blog

Our CEO will be blogging regularly, so please keep posted by visiting this page.

 

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It is with great pleasure that I am able to reflect on the last few terms so positively, I am enthused about the amazing achievements of our Trust during this time.  It is always wonderful to be able to travel to all the schools, hearing and experiencing the great work of our students and staff.    

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Welcome to my second video blog. This vlog will take you on a journey from where we began to where we plan to be.  You’ll find out more about our plans for the future and the development of our cognitive approach to learning. You can access on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/UR7e8NXlQWI  

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Dear readers, I am so pleased to be able to reflect on my blog posts over the year so far as I write what will be my final one of this academic year. Somehow we find ourselves in the middle of July, approaching single figures of school days left for the year and so during this time I have been enjoying my end of term visits, spending the whole day in some schools (when they’ll let me!). From a personal point of view,…

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Dear readers, Welcome to Term 5 – the shortest term of the academic year, but by far not the quietest! The Easter break flew by and many of our schools were still the hubbub of the community with the doors open for Easter school and revision sessions. We received a letter from Nick Gibb and Lord Agnew this week congratulating the staff and pupils of the Trust on the excellent progress being made which was a brilliant start to our week! I was delighted…

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Dear readers, I hope you have all enjoyed the Easter break. I had the chance to get away with my family and visited the home of the Fish Finger – Great Yarmouth. It was great to have some good weather over the Easter weekend and I am sure many of you will have joined me in your first BBQ of the year, in my case we got the smoker out and did a leg of lamb which was fantastic. Our last two weeks of…

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Welcome to my first video blog. I am delighted that as a Trust we are moving increasingly into the digital era and embracing technology to support our students and staff. In this video blog, which you can access on YouTube, I want to share some of the significant news from the Trust this term, discuss updates to our mission statement and look forward to some of the major changes coming down the line. You can watch this vlog at https://youtu.be/MZH8n6m4F_s

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Dear Readers, Welcome back to my CEO blog, updating you on the journey both myself and our Trust are on as we navigate today’s education climate, to transform the life chances of pupils within our care. With another jam packed week here at Thinking Schools Academy Trust, it is definitely the time of year for singing competitions. Cedar Children’s Academy, The Gordon Children’s Academy,  all four of our Portsmouth Infant Schools and The Victory Academy have all been showcasing their harmonic skills at…

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Welcome back readers, I hope you’ve been enjoying my blogs thus far, can’t believe I am on my seventh already! So the week of 11th March saw a big event in our schools calendars – Red Nose Day! Newbridge Junior School held a “Bake Sale” to raise money which was organised by their school council. New Horizons held their very own ”New Horizons has Got Talent” show as well, with acts ranging from contemporary dance, solo singing to comedy sketches, along with a few…

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March is here! Interesting fact…March is named after the Roman God of war, Mars; traditionally March is the time of year that military campaigns were resumed after being interrupted by the winter. I am quite sure that schools feel the effects of this folklore as the staff and pupils head towards the finish line ahead of revision, interventions, examinations and assessments! This term our Trust wellbeing initiative is ‘Take Notice’. For those who have not yet seen our latest Wellbeing video “Take Notice”, click…

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‘Broken’ school exclusion system linked to knife crime surge, police chiefs warn Theresa May” (Independent) This warning was also supported by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, but can it really be true that school exclusions cause knife crime? Well the simple answer is no – school exclusions do not cause knife crime. I have been busy on Twitter this week to make that point. Permanent exclusion is a symptom of a young person who, despite all the support a school will provide, is…