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Thinking Fitness is the leading health, fitness and wellness venue in the area. Whether your motivation is to get fit, work out or simply unwind; our gym and classes programme ensures there is something for everyone. Air-conditioned 40 station gym with latest Pulse Fitness equipment. Cardio equipment featuring 18” touch screen consoles with internet access and freeview TV. Dedicated free-weights area. Professionally run exercise classes. Discounted sports hall hire. FREE personal training software. FREE accessible parking. For more information please visit the Thinking Fitness…

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Sports Minister and local MP for Chatham and Aylesford, Tracey Crouch, and Football Foundation Chief Executive, Paul Thorogood, officially opened The Victory Academy’s new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) in Medway today (Friday 18 November 2016). The project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, and replaces a field that was prone to waterlogging. Local professional side Gillingham FC will be a key user of the…

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The journey to becoming a Thinking School began with the City of Portsmouth Girls’ School being placed in Special Measures by Ofsted in April 2013. The school was sadly failing to provide a quality education for its students and outcomes were therefore poor. In September 2013 the school opened as The Portsmouth Academy for Girls as part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), with the Rochester Grammar School for Girls (RGS) as the lead school. Work immediately began in planning our route towards accreditation with a firm belief…

The Chief Executive Officer and staff at The Thinking Schools Academy Trust have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances. Stuart Gardner is one of more than 80 headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round. NLEs along with staff in their school – designated a national support school (NSS) – use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools. NLEs are deployed to suit the needs…

TSAT’s annual leadership conference is always an excellent opportunity for Trust Leaders to catch up, share best practice and refocus on the key priorities for the Trust. This year was no exception and it was a pleasure to welcome new faces and potential new leaders to our Trust. One of the major themes of the conference was the embedding of cognitive thinking throughout the organisation. I had the pleasure of leading two sessions on this theme during the conference, the first to the Trust…

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On Tuesday 27th September all the Curriculum Leaders based in Medway met for the first time at the new Quaterdeck at The Victory Academy for the formal launch of the 9-1 project. The session was introduced by Stuart Gardner, our CEO, and led by Janina Villalta, Vice-Principal at The Victory. The aim of the meeting was to establish direct contact between the leaders of all curriculum areas to take forward a Trust wide project – meeting the challenge of 9-1. We were really pleased to…

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Following the decision by the DfE not to allow Chatham Grammar School for Boys to go ahead with plans to move to co-ed education, a spokesperson for Thinking Schools Academy Trust, the sponsor of Chatham Grammar School for Boys, said: “The Trust applied for the school to become co-educational because we believe it would serve the needs of all students in the local area, and be in their best interests. There was much support for our proposal, especially from those who wanted the choice…

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A New Beginning for Cedar Primary School The Governing Body of Cedar Primary School have resolved to become an academy and have approached the DfE to allow the school to join the Thinking Schools Academy Trust. TSAT is a family of schools which work collaboratively, helping each other to secure the best outcomes for all pupils. Following a presentation to the Governing Body from the senior leaders of TSAT, the Governing Body felt that, by joining TSAT, the school would be well supported to…