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Rochester Grammar School (RGS) was today ranked by the Government as the best school in Medway and one of the best in the country for its GCSE results this year. In national league tables released by the Department for Education, the school’s provisional Progress 8 score – which measures improvement from Year 7 to Year 11 across eight GCSE subjects, including key academic subjects – was 0.82. This means that the school, part of the successful Thinking Schools Academy Trust, added more than…

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Maureen Wade, a highly skilled science technician from the Victory Academy in Chatham, has been recognised for her work by the Salters’ National Awards for Science Technicians. Ms Wade received the award, from science education charity the Salters’ Institute, in honour of the significant contribution she makes to the school and the success of its Science Department in particular. Following a visit to the Victory Academy, which included a tour of the Science Department and discussions with Maureen and other members of staff…

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The Gordon Children’s Academy has been awarded a Primary Science Quality Mark to celebrate its commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. The Primary School Quality Mark programme ensures effective leadership of science, enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment…

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New Horizons Children’s Academy is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a Gold School Games Mark. The school achieved the Gold award – the highest level awarded to schools – in recognition of its commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport over the course of the 2018/19 academic year. The School Games Mark is a government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their…

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The Trust are pleased to announce the following New Horizons Teaching School Alliance CPD events: Critical Thinking in Geography and Science The Geographical Association and the Association for Science Education are collaborating to provide FREE CPD to develop the critical use of evidence in primary and secondary schools. Based on a plan-do-review structure, all teachers will have the opportunity to apply their learning to tackle issues in their own schools and classrooms on this fully funded CPD with expert trainers and local network leaders. Dates: Location:…

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Today has been a great day filled with emotion and happiness with many students experiencing incredible GCSE results. Goodwin Academy is celebrating an improvement in GCSE results across the board today. An improvement of 10% in the English & Maths grade 4+ basic score highlighted the progress made by these departments with Maths increasing their grade 4+ attainment by 11% and English grade 4+ by 7% and grade 5+ by 8%. Students and staff at The Victory Academy are celebrating strong GCSE results again this year – higher…

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Today has been a day of excitement and emotions with many students experiencing excellent A Level results through commitment and dedication to their work. Students at Goodwin Academy in Deal are celebrating their exam results today – winning them places at leading universities or on prestigious apprenticeships. At The Victory Academy they are celebrating after collecting excellent exam results in A Level and vocational qualifications. The Academy scored highly in A levels and continued its excellent track record of success in the vocational subjects, with an impressive…

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It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Summer 2019 edition of Our Trust. You only have to flick through to see the amazingly diverse range of activities and opportunities our students have in our schools. I would like to thank all our staff for their efforts in providing these opportunities to allow our students to flourish not only in the classroom but in life. Please click here to read the full publication. Stuart Gardner, MSc,…

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Welcome to my second video blog. This vlog will take you on a journey from where we began to where we plan to be.  You’ll find out more about our plans for the future and the development of our cognitive approach to learning. You can access on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/UR7e8NXlQWI  

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Dear readers, I am so pleased to be able to reflect on my blog posts over the year so far as I write what will be my final one of this academic year. Somehow we find ourselves in the middle of July, approaching single figures of school days left for the year and so during this time I have been enjoying my end of term visits, spending the whole day in some schools (when they’ll let me!). From a personal point of view,…