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Newbridge Junior School Takes Part in Largest Ever Djembe Drum Ensemble.  Pupils from Newbridge Junior School broke the World Record for the largest Djembe drum ensemble as part of BBC Music Day. 14 pupils from Years 4 and 5 at the school performed as part of a group of 1,000 at a packed Portsmouth Guildhall, at an event organised by Portsmouth Music Hub. As well as participating in the group performance, the pupils played Taiko drums, which originate from Japan, to the bumper…

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The Victory Academy lived up to its name last week after it was named as the secondary school winner of the Medway Walk2Count Challenge. The regional competition, held as part of National Walk to School Week, recorded the number of students walking to school between May 15th-19th, and was established to promote healthy lifestyles and green travel. Having finished as the runner-up in last year’s challenge, The Victory Academy came out on top this time around. They were joined during the competition by…

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New Horizons Children’s Academy in Chatham is delighted after it was rated “Good” in every single category in its first Ofsted report. The Academy, opened by the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) in 2014, was highly rated for the quality of teaching and excellent pupil outcomes, as well as the strong opportunities for personal development, the good behaviour, and the “very high quality” of safeguarding and the support given to families. Inspectors said New Horizons had undergone a “significant period of rapid growth”…

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Maths teacher Rakesh Vashisht has been named the best in Medway at the annual Kent Teacher of the Year Awards. Rakesh, who teaches at The Victory Academy, in Chatham, was praised as an “all-round phenomenal person”, and thanked by students who described him as a “very special person who has never given up on me”. Parents are delighted with the progress that students have made in his “fun and intriguing” lessons, and the calm, caring approach adopted by Rakesh in his continual effort…

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The rapid improvement of a Portsmouth secondary academy which achieved record GCSE results last summer was today confirmed by Ofsted – saying the school had been transformed by “Outstanding” leadership. Inspectors rated The Portsmouth Academy, led by Principal Natalie Sheppard and sponsored by our Trust, as “Outstanding” for its leadership and management. The school’s senior team was praised for “successfully transforming” and “dramatically improving” the quality of teaching and learning since the school became an academy. The school was previously known as City of Portsmouth Girls’ School, and was…

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Parliamentary candidate for Rochester and Strood, Kelly Tolhurst, visited the high-performing Rochester Grammar School to discuss politics with sixth-form students. The Conservative candidate, who was elected to be MP for the constituency in 2015, spoke to the students about her experience in politics and the role she played in Parliament. The politics students also had an opportunity to question Kelly on a range of different topics. Ms Tolhurst also met Ian Macaulay, Head of School of the all-girls’ school.  Mr Macaulay set out the school’s…

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Students at The Portsmouth Academy were thrilled to learn about the very latest developments in the world of technology and robotics, as part of the BAE Systems Schools Roadshow. Delivered in partnership with the RAF and the Royal Navy, the defence and aerospace giant’s educational roadshow is designed to inspire the engineers and scientists of tomorrow. As part of The Portsmouth Academy’s push to encourage careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects, the school’s Associate Assistant Principal Katy Gough leads…

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Welcome to the second edition of “Our Trust”. There have been many successes across the Thinking Schools Academy Trust during the Easter term including: a fantastic Ofsted report for The Gordon Children’s Academy; the successful Thinking Schools accreditation by Exeter University of Isambard Brunel Junior School and the Best Teacher award presented to Bev Lewis at The Portsmouth Academy. Please click here to read the full article   Stuart Gardner, MSc, NPQH, NLE Chief Executive Officer  

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Students and staff at All Faiths Children’s Academy are celebrating after Charlie, a profoundly deaf Year 6 student, was praised for his outstanding poetry by one of the UK’s foremost deaf poets, Richard Carter. Eleven-year-old Charlie was encouraged by his teaching assistant at All Faiths to write to Richard – and received a personal reply, with Richard describing him as a “fantastic young deaf role model for other young children”. All Faiths Children’s Academy in Strood prides itself on its Specialist Deaf Provision. It specialises…

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The Maritime Academy will mean Medway children can benefit from the Thinking School education model from age four to 19. Education Secretary Justine Greening has given the go-ahead to The Maritime Academy, a new school in Medway that will build on the success of the education model pioneered by our Trust. The free school will admit students from Reception to Year 13, bridging the gaps between primary, secondary and sixth form education, and helping students make the transitions successfully. The Maritime Academy will be part…