There’s a lot to celebrate at the Thinking Schools Academy Trust as The Victory Academy and New Horizon’s Children’s Academy, two of our Chatham Schools, have just been awarded Advanced Thinking School status by the University of Exeter.
The Trust takes pride in its unique and effective approach to learning and education. Students are provided with the skillset and tools they need to think in a variety of ways and become lifelong learners. These transferable Thinking Tools prepare children for a range of situations, dilemmas and circumstances that they may face later in life as part of modern society.
Thinking Schools @ Exeter leads the way in research in Metacognition, Thinking Skills, Creativity and Dialogue in Education – providing a structure for schools to become recognised Thinking Schools. The Victory Academy was accredited as a Level 1 Thinking School in 2018. It was identified as a “school with a clear vision of the attributes that it wants all children to develop and is relentless in its pursuit of this vision.” New Horizons Children’s Academy was accredited as a Thinking School in 2017 and was the first school in Kent to gain additional accreditation through the SEND Inclusion Award in 2019. “These achievements reflect the school’s drive for sustained holistic development, together with an unwavering commitment to lifelong learning for all.”
In order to achieve Level 2 Thinking accreditation to become an Advanced Thinking School, the academies were assessed on; Dissemination of Practice, Evaluative Research, Professional Development, Differentiation, and Whole School Assessment. These areas identify the school’s continued work to support lifelong learning and holistic growth for all students.