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Pupils and staff at schools across the Thinking Schools Academy Trust have taken part in a variety of activities to mark World Thinking Day. World Thinking Day, celebrated every year in February, was an opportunity for schools throughout the high-performing Trust, to celebrate its unique ethos based on “Thinking about Thinking”, which underpins Thinking Schools’ pioneering approach to education. Every school held special activities and themed lessons as part of the celebrations for World Thinking Day. These included competitions, quizzes, debates, their own…

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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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Pupils and staff at New Horizons Children’s Academy are celebrating after being praised by Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, in a letter to the school’s headteacher Jody Murphy. The letter congratulated Jody, staff and pupils for the high levels of progress demonstrated by pupils in last year’s Key Stage 2 assessments. The Academy, which is part of the high-performing Thinking Schools Academy Trust, achieved progress scores of 7.6, 2.8 and 6.5 in reading, writing and mathematics respectively. The…

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Schools Minister Lord Agnew praises Trust for its results The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) has been ranked by the Government as the highest performing academy Trust in the South East for GCSE results. National league tables released by the Department for Education today have confirmed the success of the high-performing Trust. The Trust’s Progress 8 score – which measures improvement from Year 7 to Year 11 across eight GCSE subjects, including key academic subjects – was 0.32. This means that across its…

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Students and staff at Rochester Grammar School are delighted after the school has been reaccredited as an “Advanced Thinking School” by the University of Exeter. The report by the University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education, issued as part of the reaccreditation process, noted that RGS has “gone from strength to strength in its strive for excellence”. It also noted that the school is very successful in “developing independent and reflective thinkers”. RGS was first accredited as a Thinking School in 2009, subsequently achieving Advanced…

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Isambard Brunel Junior school has been rated as Good by Ofsted for the first time in over 20 years – with inspectors hailing the “significant” improvements achieved by the academy. Isambard Brunel Junior School was praised for the quality of education pupils receive, the strength of leadership, and the behaviour and attitude of the children. Every area assessed by Ofsted was graded as Good. There was particular praise for the Headteacher, Lucy Carroll, and her deputy, who inspectors said were “a very strong and…

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10th ‘Thinking School’ accreditation for the Thinking Schools Academy Trust Students and staff at Holcombe Grammar School are delighted after the school became one of only around 30 schools in the country to receive “Thinking School” accreditation from the University of Exeter. The report by the University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education, issued as part of the accreditation process, praised staff for “actively seeking out opportunities to continuously drive improvements in learning and teaching”. The school, in Chatham, is part of the…

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The search has begun for the Kent Teacher of the Year. Organisers of the prestigious annual awards event are now accepting nominations from the public, professionals in the education sector and from school staff. The event aims to find the very best teachers, support staff and volunteers working within schools in Kent, Medway and Bexley. We are searching for individuals and teams of people who go above and beyond the call of duty for the benefit of their pupils and school community. Making a nomination…

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Goodwin Academy is celebrating becoming one of the first schools in Deal to be awarded an Artsmark Silver Award by the Arts Council England. The Award, given to schools that are “making the arts come alive”, recognises Goodwin Academy’s strong arts offering. It is awarded by the Government-backed Arts Council England, which promotes the performing, visual and literary arts in England. Arts Council England praised the opportunities available to all Goodwin Academy students to engage in the arts and cultural experiences, provided both through the…

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Pupils and staff across seven schools in Medway and Portsmouth swapped their uniforms for pyjamas and Pudsey ears and took part in a range of bake sales and other exciting activities as they worked together to raise money for Children in Need. Collectively, the Kent schools raised an impressive total of nearly £4000 for the children’s charity, which will help to fund a variety of projects, providing opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people all over the country. New Horizons Children’s Academy, in…