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This week our Director of Education Natalie Sheppard presented the PEP Digital Strategy Launch to school leaders within Portsmouth to drive the PEP vision to be the number one city in the UK to Invest, Live, Learn and Work. The vision is based on the EdTech Big Tickets of ‘Digital Learning, Digital Skills and Digital Citizenship’ with schools being supported to develop their individual digital strategies to support these core aims. Over recent months Portsmouth Academy stepped up in the digital world to future…

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Welcome to the December 2021 edition of Our Trust! In this edition of Our Trust, we celebrate everything we have achieved together this term. As you read through the pages, you cannot help but wonder at our staff’s commitment, dedication, and inspiration in providing our students with some incredible opportunities and experiences. Thank you to every one of our team who has made such an impact on the lives of our young people. Take a look at our latest edition.

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This term, we were incredibly excited to hold our first ever #TSATRocks Times Tables Rockstars battle! Junior school pupils from across the Trust competed for the title of #TSATRocks champion, practising their times tables, and developing their arithmetic skills. The competition took place over four days, and it was great to see our children so enthusiastic and determined to represent their schools. TT Rockstars is a fun and interactive online tool that helps children learn and practise their times tables. Our junior school…

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Pupils at New Horizon’s Children’s Academy were excited to welcome local author and illustrator Georgina Golding to their school last week. Georgina Golding, who was born and raised in Medway, has recently written and published her own children’s book, Wander in the Wild Wood. This winter-themed tale follows a young wolf who gets lost in the woods, and its plot teaches children to always help others and never to judge. Georgina read her story to pupils in Years 2 and 3 at New…

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Pupils and staff at Meon Junior School in Portsmouth are celebrating after receiving two impressive accolades. The school has been rated Good by Ofsted in its first inspection since the pandemic began. Inspectors praised the school for its happy and productive atmosphere, and said “pupils learn well across the curriculum” and that “parents thoroughly recommend the school”. The report also highlighted the school’s strength in English, with leaders described as “ambitious” and staff “all enjoying working” at Meon. Meon Junior School has also…

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“Together we can make a difference.” The Thinking Schools Academy Trust raises over £8,000 for Children in Need.   Children in Need say, “Together we can make a difference'” and this has never been more evident than now. The schools across our Trust took part in a variety of fundraising activities over the last week in aid of the children’s charity. From PJ days and bake sales to talent shows and lip-sync battles, our schools came together to collectively raise over £8,000! We would like to put our “paws”…

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Last week saw schools across our Trust celebrating World Kindness Day and Anti-Bullying Week, conducting a range of activities promoting kindness, encouraging appropriate online behaviour and raising awareness of bullying. Our mission to transform life chances stretches much further than the taught curriculum: our Trust embraces all opportunities to enrich our students, help them to work together and engage with exciting national events, such as Anti-Bullying Week! At the beginning of the week, colour hit our corridors as staff and students wore odd…

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On Thursday 11th November, The Thinking Schools Academy Trust commemorated and honoured the armed forces who gave their lives serving their country during the First World War and in all conflicts since. Students at all our schools could be seen adorned with their red poppies, and a two-minute silence was observed in respect and reflection for those afflicted during the war and the bravery they showed in the face of adversity.   The Victory Academy held morning service with a prayer and ‘The…

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For the second year running, Thinking Schools Academy Trust implored students to celebrate Black History and Culture with a Black History Month Art Competition. The theme this year was “Proud To Be” and encouraged students to consider and share what they are Proud To Be. As they so often do, our exceptionally talented students explored this powerful and important message with incredible poise and we are deeply proud of everyone who participated in this year’s competition. We had a fantastic response to the competition,…

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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…