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

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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…

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The Victory Academy hosted their second ‘V Factor’ event earlier this February, to celebrate the artistic achievements of their students. This event differed from traditional school concerts as the students prepared and auditioned to be part of this unique performance opportunity during November last year.  Successful acts were assigned a mentor with whom they rehearsed, to ensure they were performance ready for the final show. To ensure students were given the ‘V Factor’ performance they deserved, Jamie Johnson a former contestant on The…

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Joseph, a student at Holcombe Grammar School has become the ‘Champion of Champions’ for YET Netherlands Ten Pin Bowling.  Having qualified first in his division and then winning gold, he finally competed in a roll off division of champions to win the tournament. We are all proud of Joseph and congratulate him on his success as is his family who are grateful for the continued support and encouragement Holcombe Grammar School has given Joseph in helping him to achieve his goals.

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Bev Lewis, long-standing Religious Education Teacher at The Portsmouth Academy, has been voted Best Teacher in the city in The Portsmouth Youth Voice Awards 2017. The Portsmouth Youth Voice Awards are designed to give a voice to young people in the city, and to increase their involvement and awareness of the issues that concern them. Bev has worked at The Portsmouth Academy since 2005, and has seen the school go from strength to strength, including since it joined The Thinking Schools Academy Trust.…

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Millions of pounds could be injected into city schools to help transform education and provide hundreds of extra places for students to learn. Council education officials want to set aside £6.6m of their 2017/2018 capital budget on a major expansion programme. Project bosses want The Portsmouth Academy and other city schools to benefit most from the money. Head teachers say they are excited by the prospect of more money going into education to ensure more students can learn and achieve.   Rachel Grey, Interim…

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Students and staff at Newbridge Junior School in Portsmouth were joined by VIP guests to celebrate the grand opening of the school’s new site for its Year 6 pupils, The Bridge, at The Portsmouth Academy. The grand opening was a star-studded event attended by VIP guests including Portsmouth FC defender Jack Whatmough, Cabinet Member for Education at Portsmouth City Council Councillor Neill Young, and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Ken Ellcome, who cut the ribbon to officially open the new site.…

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Isambard Brunel Junior School took part in a pilot of a new project designed to teach school children cardiopulmonary resuscitation, more commonly known as CPR. Each year in the UK, 30,000 people have their heart stop beating, known as a cardiac arrest.  A heart attack is just one potential cause of cardiac arrest and each minute that passes without CPR decreases the survival rate by 7-10%.  Project HeartBeatz is designed to improve those statistics. The Project starts in school with children learning the…

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We have an event coming up on Wednesday 4th January 2017 for those interested in joining the teaching profession. Across our Trust we are looking to recruit graduates interested in training to teach and have ‘School Direct’ positions in a host of subjects across our ten partner schools, both primary and secondary. Financial support is available to fund training, as well as generous tax-free bursaries of up to 30k in shortage subjects. Teaching is one of the most enjoyable, dynamic and engaging careers available.…