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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…

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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…