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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…

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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…