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

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The Portsmouth Academy, has been awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for its new building extension, making it one of the most sustainable new buildings in Portsmouth. BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master-planning projects, infrastructure and buildings and gave The Portsmouth Academy an Excellent rating for its newly constructed building. Rachel Grey, Principal at The Portsmouth Academy, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded an Excellent rating by BREEAM for our brand new building. We are passionate about ensuring…

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“Ignore the brake signs- just drive faster!” Annie, Head of Comms, said cheerfully down the phone to driver Annabelle as she tore around the next corner. With a relieved team high-fiving and celebrating from the sideline, Hummingbird flew past the checkered flag for the last time this season. I suppose we should backtrack slightly. On Sunday 10th October, Hummingbird took to the track once more, this time at the F24 International Finals at the iconic Goodwood Circuit. It was an exciting day of number-crunching,…

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Thinking Schools Academy Trust opened the Rainbow Fish Inclusion Centre last week (Friday 15th October) to provide state-of-the-art facilities for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/or Disabilities (SEND) across the city. The inclusion centre is located at Penhale Infant School which is part of Thinking Schools Academy Trust. Thinking Schools is a high-performing Trust that leads 17 successful primary and secondary schools in Medway, Kent, Plymouth and Portsmouth. Anna Webb, Executive Head of Penhale Infant and Newbridge Junior Schools, said: “My team…

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Shadow Schools Minister, Peter Kyle, and MP for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, visited The Portsmouth Academy last week to witness its new one:one device strategy in action and discuss the Portsmouth Education Partnership’s innovative vision to become an Edtech city. The digital city-wide commitment over the coming year aims to improve student attainment and progress and engage parents in their children’s learning. Having sustained access to the internet and computers provides students with access to a much wider range of resources and educational…

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Following the resounding and thoroughly inspirational Black History Month 2020, the Thinking Schools Academy Trust warmly welcomes the returning art competition to celebrate Black History and Culture once again, for Black History Month 2021. The theme for this year is “Proud To Be”. Individual and group projects representing “Proud to Be” are welcomed.  We invite students across the Trust to portray what they are proud to be. For example, Proud to Be Black, Proud to Be Brown, Proud to Be Black & LGBTQ+, Proud…

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The Thinking Schools Academy Trust has launched its own one:one device offer aimed at ensuring that safe, affordable and state of the art laptops are available to students to use in school and at home. The Trust began to explore a device offer through piloting 196 HP360s at The Portsmouth Academy in several curriculum areas and evaluating the impact of digital tools on students’ learning, through a research project with ImpactEd. 67% of students agreed or strongly agreed that using the devices helped them to…

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Welcome to the Summer 2021 edition of Our Trust! This summer rounded off an academic year like no other. However, as you will see throughout the pages of this edition, the pandemic hasn’t stopped us in delivering an amazing educational offer for our students. Take a look at our latest edition.   Many thanks, Stuart Gardner, MSc, NPQH, NLE Chief Executive Officer

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Students across our schools were ‘thrilled’ with their GCSE results and we, as a Trust, are also delighted by the achievements of our students. Due to the ongoing pandemic the Government made the decision that this year, young people’s grades would be determined by teachers based on work they had produced throughout their courses. These grades are a reflection of the dedication of our staff, who have worked tirelessly to ensure our students are supported and that no stone is left unturned to ensure they reach their potential.…

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This year was like no other for A Level results and we, as a Trust, are delighted by the grades achieved by our students. As you know, due to the pandemic, the Government made the decision that this year, young people’s grades would be determined by teachers based on work they had produced throughout their courses. These grades are a reflection of the dedication of our staff, who have worked tirelessly to ensure our students are supported and that no stone is left unturned to ensure they reach…

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Students at our Rochester Grammar School have achieved one of the best sets of IBDP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme) results in the school’s history and will progress on to some of the world’s leading universities and education institutions this September. RGS has accomplished an average point score of 39. This is a high score compared with the international average of 33.02 and the maximum score of 45. READ MORE: All you need to know about the International Baccalaureate IB students excelled, despite the challenging circumstances…