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Latest news and press releases from The Thinking Schools Academy Trust.

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Isambard Brunel Junior School’s fabulous Year 4 choir took part in the Portsmouth Music Hub’s Mad Scientist concert at Portsmouth Guildhall this Monday 27th March. This annual extravaganza features schools from all over the city singing brand new songs written by the Portsmouth Hub’s award-winning composition team which includes our very own Mr Gilmour (Headteacher).  This year all of the songs were science based including a memorable digestion song about a toilet. Not only did the choir sing with the other schools, for the first time they sang…

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On Monday 27th March, 8 Year 6 children from Newbridge Junior School were invited to visit the Lord Mayor at the Guildhall in Portsmouth. They were given the opportunity to take a look around the Mayor’s Quarters and Suite which is rich in history with elegant original features.  After the tour they sat down and enjoyed a three course formal lunch!

Portsmouth 1 governs The Portsmouth Academy, Newbridge Junior School, Isambard Brunel Junior School, Meredith Infant School  and Penhale Infant School.

Medway Secondary governs Rochester Grammar School, Holcombe Grammar School and The Victory Academy.

Medway Primary governs New Horizons Children’s Academy, Cedar Children’s Academy, All Faiths Children’s Academy and The Gordon Children’s Academy.

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Year 10 and Sixth Form students at The Victory Academy in Chatham welcomed 21 inspirational Kent women to their school last Friday 3 March  to celebrate International Women’s Day. The visitors represented a wide range of different professions, from the Army and police, to the worlds of art and photography, and treated students to a series of workshops providing exciting insights into their careers. The workshops were designed to help break down the barriers that many women still face in entering the job market and…

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Students and staff across our Trust recently took part in World Book Day on Thursday 2 March, dressing up as their favourite book characters, reading books and themed workshops. Cedar Children’s Academy held a special assembly with staff reading extracts of their favourite books and All Faiths Children’s Academy paraded their costumes on stage, searching for ‘Where’s Wally?” pictures that were hidden around the school, an inter-house book quiz and an “Extreme Reading” competition. The Victory Academy Art department created Lady Cossington’s pressed…

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Exeter University report acclaims ‘learning journey’ of Portsmouth school as it is accredited as a Thinking School. Children and staff at Isambard Brunel Junior School in Portsmouth are celebrating earning a prestigious award from the University of Exeter, as the school becomes one of only about 100 schools in the country to receive “Thinking School” accreditation. The school joined The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) in November 2014 and the strong partnership between school and Trust has had a major positive impact on…

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Students and staff at The Gordon Children’s Academy are celebrating after their very first Ofsted inspections from Ofsted saw both the Infant and the Junior School rated “Good” in every category. The two reports highly commend the Academy, in Strood, across all areas of inspection by Ofsted, including leadership, quality of teaching, student outcomes, and early years provision. The junior and infant schools joined The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), a family of schools in Medway and Portsmouth, in March 2014. The predecessor junior school was rated ‘Inadequate’ in…

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Heads of two primary schools in Portsmouth have announced plans to join our Trust. Meon Junior School, in Southsea, and Moorings Way School, in the east of the city, are aiming to join from 1 July this year, after consultation with parents has taken place. Both schools have been considering joining an academy trust for several months, and will continue to work closely with parents and staff ahead of the move. We have been working in Portsmouth for several years, and already support the…