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Holcombe Grammar School (HGS) in Chatham is delighted to announce the opening of their new school library, officially opened by celebrated children’s author Tom Palmer. The school marked the grand opening of the fantastic new library facility, with an unveiling attended by pupils, staff and members of the local community, as well as guest of honour, author Tom Palmer. Staff and students at HGS began the process of creating a library over the summer break, to provide a valuable and important resource for…

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Newbridge Junior School in Portsmouth has become only the third primary school in the country to receive “Advanced 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 Newbridge for its “focus on the development of the whole child”. It also noted how learning at the school is tailored to student’s individual needs and “developing autonomy and individuality in pupils’ approaches to problem-solving”. The school, rated…

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Welcome to Issue 11 of ‘Our Trust’ magazine. Over the last few months we have had an enormous amount to celebrate across our Trust and I would like to thank all our staff and students for their diligent hard work and commitment. Please click here to read the full article Stuart Gardner, MSc, NPQH, NLE Chief Executive Officer

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A student from Rochester Grammar School, has achieved the highest mark in the country in a prestigious critical thinking qualification. Nancy Dooley, a Year 13 student from the high-performing academy in Rochester, gained the highest mark in the Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research – a post-16 qualification, equivalent to an A-Level, which develops students critical thinking skills and promotes independent and self-directed learning. Nancy has now been recognised for her success in the qualification as part of the…

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Remembrance Day is a special day for remembering. It happens on 11 November each year and it remembers the day in 1918 when the First World War ended. All our schools within the Trust have been admirably respectful of this day and have done many great things in honour of Remembrance Day. Our Chatham Hub held a Remembrance Service in the courtyard at The Victory Academy on Friday. Mr Owen performed the “Last Post” to mark the beginning of two minutes of silence.…

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Holcombe Grammar School in Chatham has announced the appointment of Lee Preston as its new Principal from January. An exceptional school leader, with more than 12 years’ leadership experience, Mr Preston will join Holcombe Grammar School (HGS) at the start of new term in January 2020. Mr Preston, born and raised in Kent, has worked in schools in the county throughout his career and is currently Deputy Headteacher at another local school, Thomas Aveling School in Rochester, where he has led on school…

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Talented singers from New Horizons Children’s Academy in Chatham are celebrating after being awarded a prize in a local church singing competition. The choir from New Horizons Children’s Academy, which is part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, won the award for harmony and blending in the Sing Off, organised by St Stephen’s Church to celebrate 60 years in the parish. Three local primary schools competed in the Sing Off, New Horizons Children’s Academy, Balfour Junior Academy and Horsted Junior School. Each choir…

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Students from The Portsmouth Academy took part in an exciting sailing experience, completing a voyage along the English Channel from Portsmouth to Chatham. Students from The Portsmouth Academy embarked on a momentous five-day sailing trip, crewing a vessel from Portsmouth to Chatham. The trip, organised by the charity Cirdan Sailing Trust, offered the opportunity for 12 students from the school to embark on a five-day voyage designed to help them develop valuable life skills. Despite some sea sickness throughout the trip, the students…

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Students from both the Victory Academy and Holcombe Grammar School in Chatham, took part in an exciting sailing experience, completing a voyage along the English Channel from Chatham to Portsmouth. Students from the Victory Academy and Holcombe Grammar School joined forces to embark on a momentous five-day sailing trip, crewing a vessel from Chatham to Portsmouth. The trip, organised by the charity Cirdan Sailing Trust, offered the opportunity for six students from each school to embark on a five-day voyage designed to help…

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The Portsmouth Academy was today ranked by the Government as one the best secondary schools in South East for its GCSE results this year. In national league tables released by the Department for Education, the academy’s provisional Progress 8 score – which measures improvement from Year 7 to Year 11 across eight GCSE subjects, including key academic subjects – was 0.14. For students who were at the Portsmouth Academy throughout their GCSE courses, the Progress 8 score was 0.4 – this means that…