News Articles

Woodard Trust 01 Students across the Woodard Academies Trust celebrate results success

11th September, 2017

Students across the Woodard Academies Trust celebrate results success


Woodard academy students across the country have been busy celebrating fantastic achievements at both GCSE and A Level.  With a move to a new ‘9-1’ GCSE grading structure, it has become more challenging for students to achieve top grades.

You can read more about the GCSE reform here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/get-the-facts-gcse-and-a-level-reform/get-the-facts-gcse-reform

Despite the reform, there have been many individual success stories across the Trust:

A Level

  • Katie Ramsay from Kings Priory School in Tynemouth will now pursue a career in Medicine at Cambridge University after receiving an impressive 4 A*s
     
  • Building on last year’s departmental successes, new highlights from Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing included 100% of students in History and Music achieving a grade of A*-C, along with 92% achieving the same in Sociology. English Literature and Mathematics continue the success of last year with 100% A*-C, representing an outstanding outcome for the subject and students
     
  • Two Littlehampton Academy students are off to Oxford University this September following their outstanding success at A level.  Frank Nightingale, who achieved three A* grades and two A grades, will be studying Chemistry at Merton College, Oxford University.  Will Lloyd, who achieved two A* grades and an A, will be studying History and Politics and St Catherine's College, Oxford
  • Sophie Bradley from Polam Hall School in Darlington achieved an A* in Maths and As in both Physics and Chemistry at A Level.

GCSE
 

  • Ellie New from Kings Priory School achieved 6 A*, 3 As, a 9 in both English Language and Literature, and an 8 in Mathematics
     
  • Megan Bowden from Sir Robert Woodard Academy achieved 9 As and A*s. She is planning to stay on at Sixth Form to study Biology, Psychology, Maths and Philosophy A-levels
     
  • Angelina Ainslie and Oakley Evans from The Littlehampton Academy, both achieved a grade 9 in Maths and English. Angelina also achieved a grade 8, four A*s and two grade As. Kelly Jones achieved six A*s, one grade 9, and two grade 8s
     
  • Betty Bastable from St. Augustine Academy in Maidstone has achieved a stunning list of 5 A*, 3 A and the new top grade 9 in English and Maths. She was joined by a group of other top achievers; Bianka Babrian, Mary Morris, Jonathan Atkins and Napsugar Novak who also gained superb grades
     
  • Emily Johnson from Polam Hall School gained 10 GCSEs all grade A or A*.  Cherry Cheng and Matthew Cheung also both achieved A* in Further Maths GCSE
     
  • Despite moving to Britain two years ago, Albanian-born student Englatina Ruci has achieved an A* in her performing arts GCSE at St. Peter’s Academy in Fenton. She has gained the equivalent of 10 GCSEs altogether, including another A* in Spanish.
Polam Hall School 02 Polam Hall School - Record number of pupils participate in Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

21st July, 2017

Polam Hall School - Record number of pupils participate in Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

 

A record number of Polam Hall students have taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme this year and pupils have completed successful expeditions and assessments in Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Our scheme leaders in School are Mrs Jill Garvey and Mis Flora Booth who habe provided this update for parents:

Gold

Gold participants this year have been Krisada, Ellie and Nicole, all of whom are Boarders, plus day students Jenny and Kavalee. Jenny was Head Student and Ellie Head Boarder. They are all very close to completing their entire Gold Award, having already completed Bronze and Silver. Jenny is following in the footsteps of elder sister Pippa who has just completed all aspects of her Gold and they are hoping to go to St James' Palace together to receive their awards.

The 4-day expedition was based around Edale in the Peak District. They started on Saddleworth Moor in VERY low cloud and mist, which certainly tested their compass-work! The next day the weather picked up which made the walking easier going, but they were caught out by the sun and wind and got a little more suntanned than they would have liked. A little light rain marred the next two days, but it not enough to deter this very strong group. A big thank you to Keith (from the Central Expeditions team of DofE) who assessed our students and described them as 'an excellent team', and also to our former head, Mr Moreland, who helped supervise on 2 of the 4 days.

Silver

The Silver Group was Agnes and Justine (Boarders) along with Lancia, Annabella, Abbi and Rana. They did their 3-day expedition around the North York Moors and apart from rain on the first morning were extremely lucky with the weather. The Silver group proved to be an excellent close-knit team who more than rose to the challenge. They started at Scaling Reservoir and took in Goathland and Grosmont before finishing near Whitby where they enjoyed some well-deserved fish and chips! Agnes and Rana have now completed all aspects of their Silver, while most of the rest have already completed Bronze.

Big thanks to Miss Caitlin who helped supervise and to Mrs Ryan who assessed the group.

Bronze

With such high levels of interest in joining Polam's DofE scheme there were two bronze expedition weekends this year. Both groups brought out the sun - alongside some excellent teamwork - and battled with the heat; espeically group one who faced the hottest weekend of the year. In total, 41 students completed assessed expeditions at Bronze level. Well done to all in L5 and M5 who have gained invaluable skills; not to mention endured being pushed well beyond their comfort zones!

St Augustine Academy 03 'St Augustine Academy gone wild at Howletts'

20th July, 2017

'St Augustine Academy gone wild at Howletts'

 

48 students got the opportunity to go wild at Howletts Animal Park at the end of this term. The students were treated to sites of endangered species and a great glimpse at the gorillas’ behaviour and a more gentle experience walking with lemurs through their enclosure. A great day was had by all, with a huge thank you to Ms Gibbons, Ms Carlo and Mr Eaglestone for their time and support on the day celebrating and praising the excellence of our students.

Sir Robert Woodard Academy 04 SRWA Students Get Creative

26th June, 2017

SRWA Students Get Creative

SRWA art students have been busy lately getting involved with two projects, the Creative Waves for Worthing’s ‘Appear on the Pier’ art exhibition and the Worthing Children’s Parade on 17th June.

art on the pier

Creative Waves - Earlier in the year, a group of our gifted and talented art students took part in a workshop to create an installation as part of Worthing’s ‘Appear on the Pier’ art exhibition.  The project included a visiting artist who came in and worked with the students to create a set of artwork pieces. These are now on display on Worthing Pier for a whole year, alongside other schools and local artists, including the well-known artist of Gorillaz and Tank Girl fame, Jamie Hewlett.

Worthing Children’s Parade - On 17th June, our art club students took part in the annual Worthing Children’s Parade. The theme this year was based on the books of Julia Donaldson and Julia herself attended the parade.  The book chosen by us was “Follow the Swallow” and students created their very own flock of swallows to parade through the town centre.  The weather was brilliant with bright sunshine which made the sculptures really stand out against the blue skies.

Kings Priory School 05 Kings Priory School named as joint top performing state school in region

24th January, 2017

Kings Priory School named as joint top performing state school in region

Kings Priory School has been named as a joint top performing state school in the region.

Click here to read the full article.

Woodard Trust 06 GCSE and A Level Results - 2016

1st September, 2016

GCSE and A Level Results - 2016

Woodard Academies Trust is celebrating an excellent set of results.

Please click on the links below for our individual academy articles relating to GCSE and A Level results for 2016:

Kings Priory School

The Littlehampton Academy

Sir Robert Woodard Academy

St Augustine Academy

St Peter's Academy

 

Woodard Trust 07 The Woodard Termly Issue 11 The Woodard Termly Issue 11 is out now!

12th July, 2016

The Woodard Termly Issue 11

Please click here to read Issue 11 of the Woodard Termly.

The Littlehampton Academy 08 The Littlehampton Academy appoints new Principal

18th April, 2016

The Littlehampton Academy appoints new Principal

PRESS RELEASE
 
Date: 18.04.16
 
The Littlehampton Academy appoints new Principal
 
The Woodard Academies Trust is delighted to announce that Morgan Thomas has been
appointed as Principal of The Littlehampton Academy with immediate effect. Morgan has
been Acting Principal since the beginning of the year and has already led the Academy
through a full Ofsted Inspection, which resulted in the Academy being removed from
Special Measures.
 
Paul Kennedy, Chief Education Officer of Woodard Academies Trust, commented “We
are committed to bringing the best leaders to the Woodard Academies Trust and I am
thrilled that Morgan Thomas will continue to lead The Littlehampton Academy. His
thoughtfulness and passion for this community shone through and I know he will continue
to work tirelessly to drive improvement and ensure all our young people succeed.”
 
Christopher Honeyman Brown, Chair of The Littlehampton Academy Council,
commented “I am delighted that, following an exhaustive process, Morgan has been
appointed to the substantive role of Principal. The change in momentum in the Academy
and its removal from Special Measures are testament to his leadership skills and his
energetic commitment to the improvements we all want to see in the Academy and the
education it provides to the children of the Littlehampton community.”
 
Principal, Morgan Thomas said: “I am delighted to accept the post of Principal at TLA.
The removal of Special Measures is a very welcome development and allows us to focus
even more intently on the job of further improvements at the academy. This is an exciting
time for TLA and I am looking forward to working with students, parents and colleagues to
make our school a source of real pride in the local community”
 
ENDS

 

Woodard Trust 9 WAT Termly Issue 10 - available now!

23rd February, 2016

WAT Termly Issue 10 - available now!

The latest Newsletter from Woodard Academies Trust is available now!

Click here to download Issue 10 of the WAT Termly.

 

Woodard Trust 10 Woodard Academies Trust Welcomes Paul Kennedy

4th January, 2016

Woodard Academies Trust Welcomes Paul Kennedy

The Trust welcomes Paul Kennedy as Chief Education Officer.  Paul joined the Trust on 1st January.

Mr Kennedy joins us from The Holy Trinity C of E Secondary School in Crawley, West Sussex where he held the post of Headteacher.

More information, including an interview with Mr Kennedy can be found in the latest copy of the WAT Termly.  Click here to download a copy.

We hope you will join us in wishing Paul every success in his new post with Woodard Academies Trust.

Woodard Trust 11 Paul Kennedy announced as Chief Education Officer

22nd September, 2015

Paul Kennedy announced as Chief Education Officer

The Board of Trustees of Woodard Academies Trust are pleased to announce that Mr Paul Kennedy has been appointed as Chief Education Officer of the Trust.  He will take up his post on 1st January 2016.

Paul Kennedy, is currently the Head Teacher of The Holy Trinity C of E Secondary School in Crawley, West Sussex.

He has a degree in computer science and taught maths and computing before leaving teaching to work for an Education IT provider.  He returned to teaching in 2004 and continued his career in school leadership.

More information, including an interview with Mr Kennedy can be found in the latest copy of the WAT Termly.  Click here to download a copy.

Kings Priory School 12 Kings Priory School well on its way to 'Outstanding' Kings Priory School is well on the way to becoming an “outstanding” school, following its first inspection and report fr...

3rd July, 2015

Kings Priory School well on its way to 'Outstanding'

Kings Priory School is well on the way to becoming an “outstanding” school, following its first inspection and report from Ofsted.

Inspectors rated the school in North Tyneside as ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features.

Ofsted reported that “pupils’ behaviour on both sites is exemplary. They show high levels of respect for each other and adults.”

The report also outlines many strengths across key areas of Teaching & Learning; Leadership & Management; Behaviour; the Early Years and Sixth Form provision.

“We are absolutely delighted with our first Ofsted report,” said Gill Hewlett, principal at Kings Priory School.

“Thanks to the support of all of our staff, pupils, parents, as well as the local community, we have made incredible progress in a very short period of time.

“As the first school in the country to merge an independent school with a state primary school, we have deliberately taken the best of each predecessor school, underpinned by the vision of our sponsor, Woodard Academies Trust, and created a happy and successful school where pupils thrive both academically and socially.

“The governors and my staff team are very committed and already working hard on the areas that we need to develop further, in order to be rated as ‘outstanding’.”

The Ofsted team visited Kings Priory School over two days on 9th and 10th June. 

Inspectors’ comments also included “pupils do well in the sixth form and the early years stages as a result of strong leadership and effective teaching”, and “pupils achieve well because teaching is effective”.

Kings Priory School is an all-through school, which converted to academy status in September 2013. It is sponsored by Woodard Academies Trust. 

Chairman of the Woodard Academies Trust, Jan Richardson, was delighted with the Ofsted report: “Kings Priory School deserves to celebrate this splendid achievement,” she said.

“It has come about through the faith, unity and vision of a dedicated community of staff, councillors and parents.”

Geoff Ogle, chair of the governing body commented: “I’d like to thank my fellow governors for all their hard work, but in particular I thank all the staff for their extremely hard work over the last two years in helping realise the vision that brought the two schools together. We are very lucky to have such a committed group of teachers and staff.”

All admission enquiries can be made via kpsenquiryline@kps.woodard.co.uk

Woodard Trust 13 News from the Trust

18th May, 2015

News from the Trust

The chief executive officer of Woodard Academies Trust, Canon David Bilton has stepped down from his position following 4 years at the helm in order to pursue other interests.

A former chairman and chief executive of Woodard Schools, the UK's largest group of independent Christian schools, Mr Bilton joined their academy development arm in 2011, in order to oversee the establishment and development of the Trust's central infrastructure to serve the charity's five academies.

Mrs Jan Richardson, Chairman of Woodard Academies Trust said;

"Mr Bilton can be credited for establishing the Trust in 2007 when he was the chairman of the Woodard Schools group. He then became the Chief Executive of the Woodard Academies Trust in 2011, leading the organisation to manage five academies in West Sussex, Kent, Stoke on Trent and Tynemouth.

"His vision and negotiating skills saw him merge a state primary with an independent all through school, a first for the UK and he was instrumental in bringing about a partnership with the Diocese of Lichfield that facilitated the merger of two very different predecessor schools in Stoke on Trent into one.

"Under Mr Bilton's direction three of our academies have benefitted from multi million pound new builds and a fourth has undergone significant refurbishment.

"The Woodard Academies Trust is now educating some 5,500 students every year with over 800 members of staff.

"We have been fortunate to have had the benefit of Mr Bilton's foresight, energy, enthusiasm and integrity during his time with the Trust. Mr Bilton will be greatly missed and we wish him every success and thank him sincerely for all his hard work."

St Augustine Academy 14 Official Opening of St Augustine Academy Buildings

5th March, 2015

Official Opening of St Augustine Academy Buildings

It has taken almost 2 years to rebuild and refurbish but on 26th February 2015, the outstanding new buildings and facilities of St Augustine Academy in Maidstone were officially opened by Mrs Georgie Warner, the Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.
 
The event began with a service of dedication in the Academy’s Chapel where the Bishop of Dover blessed both the building and the new, custom built altar which had been designed especially for the Academy. This was followed in the Academy Hall by speeches from Mrs Jan Richardson, Chairman of the Woodard Academies Trust, Mr Jason Feldwick, Principal and Mrs Warner together with performances by students and a short speech by Lewis Muir, student Academy Ambassador.
 
Guests were then treated to a tour of the new and refurbished buildings led by students of various year groups.
 
Staff and pupils at St Augustine Academy have a lot to celebrate.  Not only are they enjoying the benefits of a new building with stunning facilities but an Ofsted judgement in October graded them ‘Good’ overall.
 
Academy Principal, Mr Feldwick, said: ‘The two stage £12m building project has provided students with a superb learning environment which has already helped to make it both the top performing school in Maidstone for pupil progress in 2014-15 and the best school for ‘Value Added.’ 
 
Please click here to view photographs from this event.
Sir Robert Woodard Academy 15 LifeSkills National Careers Week, sponsored by Barclays, helps SRWA students kick-start their careers see what happened when Anne Morley, Careers Mentor brought LifeSkills to the Sir Robert Woodard Academy

14th January, 2015

LifeSkills National Careers Week, sponsored by Barclays, helps SRWA students kick-start their careers

What is LifeSkills National Careers Week?

LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is proud to sponsor National Careers Week – a celebration of careers guidance and free education resources across the UK.

Last year, 1,800 schools and colleges and 1.5 million students took part. This year’s event, NCW2015, aims to support young people at an important time in the academic calendar.

To see what happened when Anne Morley, Careers Mentor brought LifeSkills to the Sir Robert Woodard Academy, click here.

St Peter's Academy 16 Press Statement regarding St Peter's Academy

17th December, 2014

Press Statement regarding St Peter's Academy

The departure of the Principal of St Peter’s Academy, Joe Burns, at the end of the Autumn term has been announced today by the Woodard Academies Trust.  In a letter to students, parents and carers, Mr Burns stated that he had reached this decision for personal reasons, and would be seeking a post nearer his home in the East Midlands.

Mr Burns took up the role of Principal for St Peter’s Academy in January 2012 and oversaw its transition from two sites across the city to its new home in Fenton.  During his three years in post, Mr Burns also saw St Peter’s become the most oversubscribed school in the area for Year 7 entry.

Commenting on the decision, David Bilton, Chief Executive Officer of the Woodard Academies Trust said;

“The Trust fully understands, and supports, Mr Burns’ decision to leave his post to be with his family and in doing so thank Joe for his dedication and service to the Trust and St Peter’s Academy over the past 3 years.  Interim leadership arrangements are being put in place for January to build upon the foundations laid by Joe and a further announcement regarding this will be made soon.  The Trust wish Joe all the best for the future.”

Mr Burns added;

“I have not taken this decision lightly but with the Academy firmly in the new building and with the merger of the two schools successfully undertaken, I need to put my family first. 

“I have loved my time in Stoke and relished the opportunity to work in such a thriving community with many talented and engaging students. St Peter’s will always be very special to me.”

ENDS

 

Kings Priory School 17 Kings Priory School Admissions Arrangements

11th December, 2014

Kings Priory School Admissions Arrangements

KPS is consulting on proposed changes to its Admissions Arrangements and is inviting comments upon these proposals.

Please refer to the documents below for more information:
 

Further information on admissions can be found on the Kings Priory School website

 

St Augustine Academy 18 Saint Augustine Academy Strengthens International Links At the Trust we are proud that our academies seek to establish links in an international setting. Saint Augustine Academ...

3rd December, 2014

Saint Augustine Academy Strengthens International Links

At the Trust we are proud that our academies seek to establish links in an international setting. Saint Augustine Academy is a great example of that commitment.

Mr Ajay Attra, Director of Specialism: Business Enterprise, spent a few weeks this summer at the DAV Public School in India. Mr Attra was joined on the trip by Mr Christopher Gibbs, Competencies Co-Ordinator.

The trip was supported by the British Council. In an interview with Mr Attra he explains the history behind the project:

What was the purpose of your trip?

Since September 2011, St Augustine Academy have been working on mini projects with their partner school, the DAV Public School in India, which have involved a handful of students from both schools working together and sharing ideas through Skype and email.  In an attempt to foster international relations and to instil global awareness amongst students, the projects featured a range of different global issues.  We were eligible to apply for funding through the British Council from their Connecting Classrooms programme, which is designed to promote collaboration and simultaneous delivery of joint planned projects in both partner schools.

How is the British Council supporting your trip?

The British Council funded two teachers from St Augustine Academy to visit India to discuss and plan these larger projects with the staff of the DAV.  This took place in August 2014, when Mr Ajay Attra (Director of Specialism: Business Enterprise) who is leading the overall project and Mr Christopher Gibbs (Competencies Co-ordinator) spent 5 days at the DAV school in Ballabghar, Faridabad (on the outskirts of Delhi.  The five planned projects are: Enterprise Challenge, Travel Guides, Dos and Don’ts, Farming, Food and Fair Trade and ‘Where is your mobile really from?’  From October 2014, simultaneously in both schools, staff will be delivering these projects which touch on a number of curriculum areas from Business to Biology and Economics to English. In November 2014, St Augustine Academy will welcome the Principal (Mr Vijay Kumar) and lead teacher in charge of the delivery of the projects in the DAV school (Mrs Rita Jindal) to witness the projects in action.

What are the main differences between the school and the academy?

Like the majority of the educational establishments in India, the DAV Public School is a Private school and is part of a larger non-governmental educational organisation based on the ideals of the religious and social reformer, Swami Dayanand Saraswati.  The DAV organisation manages 667 institutions all around India.  DAV Public School in Ballabghar has an Infant, Primary and Secondary intake, with 1700 students attending each day!   There are no vocational subjects such as Technology and students mainly focus on purely academic subjects.

What was the most interesting part of your visit?

The most interesting part of our trip was coming into contact with a group of 50 female students from local slums who were being educated at DAV.  Traditionally, these girls would not go to school and instead help their mothers who usually work as maids in wealthier middle to upper class family homes.  In a drive to eradicate illiteracy from this group of underprivileged girls, the DAV school has established the Koshish (Endeavour) programme, enrolling these children free of charge. Their education is funded through donations from the existing fee paying parents of the DAV.

What benefits do you see in the Academy having a global focus?

As different communities around the world we can see that we face similar problems from climate change to terrorism and poverty to oppression.  Our young people today also face the challenges of unemployment linked to global competition.  Sharing ideas and best practice with students and staff from other schools around the world can be very powerful in the development of a young mind.

What do you have planned in the future between the Academy and the school?

Our partnership has the potential to enhance the work in many curriculum areas bringing projects to life through Project Based Learning.  We have a number of work experience placement opportunities including working as teaching assistants in the slum schools set up by ABLE Charities.  ABLE Charities also run a charitable hospital, specifically to assist widows and orphans with the funding of minor operations. Our long term goal is to be in a position to offer our students the opportunity to visit India and the DAV School to gain an insight into education there and the effects of globalisation of a number of different markets around the world.

This month the academy looks forward to welcoming visitors from the DAV Public School and we look forward to sharing stories with you as the year progresses.

A gallery of images from the trip can be viewed here.

The Littlehampton Academy 19 The Littlehampton Academy Making Progress, Says Ofsted Ofsted inspectors have praised the progress made by staff and students at The Littlehampton Academy, following their two...

3rd November, 2014

The Littlehampton Academy Making Progress, Says Ofsted

Ofsted inspectors have praised the progress made by staff and students at The Littlehampton Academy, following their two-day monitoring inspection last month.

After their visit on October 8th and 9th, inspectors underscored students’ much improved behaviour and praised “enthusiastic and ambitious” Principal Marianne Gentilli, who, they said “has galvanised the staff to act on the areas for improvement.”

They added: “The academy improvement plan now sets out what needs to be done to make the necessary rapid improvements.”

Ofsted inspectors observed 23 lessons, looked at a range of students’ work and spoke with students informally at break and lunchtime.

The academy was placed in special measures in February, following an Ofsted inspection in December 2013.

The visit last month was the second of two subsequent monitoring inspections.

Other observations included:

·      An effective system is in place to set challenging targets for individual students

·      The quality of teaching is improving

·      Improving students’ literacy skills is a key focus across the academy

·      Students’ presentation of their work is much improved

·      Students are better prepared to learn in lessons and they take greater care in their written work

Marianne Gentilli, Principal at The Littlehampton Academy, said: “The inspectors’ comments are a pleasing endorsement of staff and students’ hard work over the last six months.

“While we recognise there is still much work to be done, this latest Ofsted report shows we are moving in the right direction.”

David Bilton, CEO of Woodard Academies Trust, commented: “This is evidence of the great progress made by Marianne and everyone at The Littlehampton Academy, and I am confident we are on the right path towards the removal of special measures at the earliest opportunity.”

St Augustine Academy 20 OFSTED Praise for Saint Augustine Academy Staff and pupils at St Augustine Academy in Maidstone are celebrating after receiving an overall ‘Good’ rating from Ofst...

17th October, 2014

OFSTED Praise for Saint Augustine Academy

Staff and pupils at St Augustine Academy in Maidstone are celebrating after receiving an overall ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted, following their two day inspection earlier this month.

GoodUSE

Ofsted inspectors rated the academy ‘Good’ for its overall effectiveness and in all five core categories – Leadership and Management; Behaviour and safety of pupils; Quality of teaching; Achievement of pupils; Sixth form provision.

During the two days, inspectors observed 35 part lessons; they also observed an assembly.

Inspectors praised the academy’s ‘strong’ leadership, ‘excellent’ student behaviour and said ‘their positive attitude to learning helps students to make good progress in their lessons.’

Jason Feldwick, principal at St Augustine Academy, said: “We are thrilled to have been given such a great endorsement by Ofsted, who have recognised the hard work of everyone at the academy to improve standards and build upon that ongoing success.

“Our core principles are based upon developing the gifts and talents of all students, whatever they may be, and guiding them onto a career path to fulfil their aspirations.”

St Augustine Academy opened in September 2011 and is sponsored by the Woodard Academies Trust.

It is a mixed academy with 555 pupils on the school roll, of which 39 are in the sixth form.

David Bilton, CEO of Woodard Academies Trust, commented: “This latest Ofsted report is deserved reward for the hard work of Mr Feldwick, his staff and the pupils of St Augustine Academy.

“I am proud to lead an organisation that cares so deeply about the personal and academic development of children and young people. Our aims for the academies are to offer a first-class holistic education, which stimulates, challenges and develops the whole person.”

St Augustine Academy 21 Another Step for Inclusion We are proud to announce that from the start of this academic year we have taken responsibility for the Bower Grove Sate...

1st October, 2014

Another Step for Inclusion

We are proud to announce that from the start of this academic year we have taken responsibility for the Bower Grove Satellite unit, an initiative offering students with Autism Spectrum Difficulties a chance to participate in mainstream education.

Sara Jefferies, Lead Teacher at the Satellite, said:

“The aim of the Satellite is to support pupils who have Autism Spectrum difficulties so they may achieve their academic potential within a mainstream school setting. Emphasis is placed on the development of appropriate strategies so that pupils can implement the behaviours necessary to successfully manage their social and emotional development facilitating full inclusion.

We have a holistic approach which seeks to place the ‘child before their ASD’ and this provision is key to unlocking their future success and independence, giving them a chance to flourish in society without their diagnosis providing a barrier to learning.

Indeed, two of our original intake from September 2007 have this month set off  for University; one reading Computer Science at Queen Mary College (University of London) the other History at the University of Southampton. Their success is our legacy and we look forward to a new partnership with St Augustine Academy as a fresh opportunity to build on; consolidate; and go forward together for an exciting future.”

The provision is similar to what is offered at The Scott Centre at The Littlehampton Academy, which is currently the recipient of the ‘West Sussex Autism Aware’ Award.

Unity remains a key pillar of a well-rounded Woodard Education, and these initiatives are great steps towards our commitment to providing a good education to all members of the community.  

Sir Robert Woodard Academy 22 Going Onto Great Things A former Sir Robert Woodard Academy student has decided to forego university for a three-year apprenticeship at one of t...

23rd September, 2014

Going Onto Great Things

A former Sir Robert Woodard Academy student has decided to forego university for a three-year apprenticeship at one of the UK's leading industrial companies.

Laura Still, who was Head Girl at the academy, was offered a place at Exeter University, but decided that she would prefer a more ‘hands-on’ approach to her learning. After a successful round of interviews and tests, Laura was offered an apprenticeship at Parafix Tapes and Conversions

Laura will work at Parafix four days a week and will also spend one day a week at Northbrook College, where she will work towards a Level 3 BTEC in Mechanical Engineering.

Laura will be writing a monthly blog about her experiences throughout the apprenticeship. Her first post can be read here.

We’re very pleased to hear of our students’ successes as they progress into higher education, apprenticeships or the world of work. We’re proud to count Laura as one of our alumni, and we’re sure her story will inspire many of our students as they consider their next steps. 

The Littlehampton Academy 23 Chaplain's Corner - Paul Sanderson MBE Who is your inspiration? It’s a question I often ask, in my role as Chaplain at The Littlehampton Academy (TLA), of the...

8th September, 2014

Chaplain's Corner - Paul Sanderson MBE

P Sanderson TLAWho is your inspiration? 

It’s a question I often ask, in my role as Chaplain at The Littlehampton Academy (TLA), of the 1700 students and 250+ staff. Who helps you dream? What person would you like to be more like? Do these heroes help us live a life to the full? For the last five years it has been my privilege and sometimes pain to serve the Littlehampton community sitting pretty on the south coast of England. I have lived in the local community for 17 years working, first for a charity, setting up a community project on the local estate. Part of my role was working with the school, befriending the students, listening to their needs and setting up projects in response. Fast forward to today and many of those young children who came along to our work are young adults at TLA. Taking part in their life story has been a real honour.

Each day brings a fresh challenge with so many hopes and dreams alongside a lot of hurt and rejection. In our new build the chapel is at the heart of the school. Full of colour and creativity it was designed around the three key values of the chapel, Listen, Inspire and Involve. There is space for students and staff to be listened to, one of the greatest healing gifts. We also use the space to help people learn how to listen. Every year we convert it into a creative prayer space with time set aside for students to talk and listen to God. Inspirational words adorn the walls as, through encouragement and stories, we raise the possibility of each life having a purpose and a reason.

Getting people involved in passion plays, communions, bible study groups, peer mentors, the charity work and assemblies there is never a dull day at TLA. When you see students start to bring these values together you get a taste heaven on earth. Students that are listening help bring peace into difficult situations. They get inspired by people from around the world and in the local community and becoming inspiring people themselves.

Finally getting involved in making a difference to yourself but more importantly to others around you. I have new inspirational people in my life nearly every day. The students we serve, the story’s they have to tell of the world they want to change. Being a Chaplain is as close to Life to the Full as it gets!         

-Paul Sanderson MBE – Chaplain to The Littlehampton Academy 

Woodard Trust 24 Chairman's Summer Address The Trust is delighted to welcome Ms Gentilli as the new Principal for the Littlehampton Academy and we wish her well as...

15th July, 2014

Chairman's Summer Address

The Trust is delighted to welcome Ms Gentilli as the new Principal for the Littlehampton Academy and we wish her well as she leads the staff in raising achievement for all students.

Jan Richardson

We also welcome Mr Mike Hartley to the Board. He joins us at a time of great promise as the Trust just enjoyed its inaugural Arts Festival. The Sir Robert Woodard Academy hosted students, staff, parents and friends from all the Woodard Academies for a special evening of performance in Art, Music and Drama.

This festival was a fitting climax to a year of achievement for all Woodard students progressing their academic, vocational or sporting prowess.

As we begin to look forward to the Summer holidays, the Trustees pass on their thanks and gratitude to all those who work in or support our Woodard Academies.

We look forward to the next Academic Year in which we will be celebrating the opening of new buildings at St Augustine’s and the beginnings of improvement to the infant and primary accommodation at Kings Priory.

With every good wish 

Jan Richardson Signature

Jan Richardson MBE DL JP BA

Chairman of the Trust 

 

Woodard Trust 25 First Woodard Arts Festival A Great Success The Sir Robert Woodard Academy played host for the inaugural Woodard Arts Festival, a celebration of our students across...

3rd July, 2014

First Woodard Arts Festival A Great Success

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy played host for the inaugural Woodard Arts Festival, a celebration of our students across numerous creative disciplines.  

The event was the first of its kind, bringing together the talents of all five Woodard Academies from as far afield as: Kings Priory School in Tyneside; St Augustine Academy in Maidstone, Kent; St Peter’s Academy in the Midlands, and on the south coast, The Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing and The Littlehampton Academy. 

Those who had secured tickets for the event felt their spirits soar when witnessing over two hundred of Woodard’s young artists who had come together for a celebration of youth and creativity. Prior to this, the catering team and students at the Academy provided a hog roast in the early evening sun.

The Woodard Academies is a young family, at five years of age, The Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing is the oldest and this was the first time that its young people had had the opportunity to meet, to sing, dance and perform together. 

Nigel Peters, Vice Chairman of West Sussex County Council said: "please, pass on our thanks for a wonderful time at your inaugural Arts Festival.  In particular we must thank your Principal, Peter Midwinter, and all the staff for your hospitality, including the numerous prefects who were assigned to look after us!  It was a great pleasure to meet all the Principals and Jan Richardson from the Trust, amongst very many others.  We are extremely pleased that the Woodard Trust gives these talented youngsters the opportunity to shine in public and they certainly excelled themselves in catering for all tastes.  We hope that many of them will continue with a career in the performing arts, as they certainly deserve success.” 

David Carter, the Chair of the Academy Council said: “It was a real showcase of talent and generated a very positive community feeling”.

A truly unifying experience. 

Kings Priory School 26 Kings Priory Students Visit the Large Hadron Collider The Physics Department delivered on a promise to A-Level students last week when a large party of students set of with t...

15th May, 2014

Kings Priory Students Visit the Large Hadron Collider

The Physics Department delivered on a promise to A-Level students last week when a large party of students set of with their teachers to visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. CERN is the European Centre for Nuclear Research – a joint venture between

21 nations where teams of Physicists from around the Globe accelerate sub atomic particles to speeds of 99.99% of the speed of light in a 27 kilometre tunnel under the Swiss/French countryside, before colliding then with each other and studying the resultant particle debris produced.

In scenes reminiscent of “planes, trains and automobiles” the bleary eyed, but enthusiastic members of the party made an early start on the Friday morning with a 5.40am meeting at Newcastle Central Station for a train to Southend to catch a flight to Geneva. Saturday was spent at CERN where the students attended a lecture given by one of the Centre’s Physicists; followed by a visit to a surface installation with an explanation of  how  particles  are  accelerated/directed:  and  finally a visit to the CMS  collider  station  100  metres underground where the Higgs Boson (or so called “God Particle”) was formally identified.

Saturday evening provided an opportunity for a short sightseeing excursion and a meal in Geneva, before the epic return journey home on the Sunday. A tiring but rewarding trip  which was enjoyed by all, and which provided a real insight into the topics studied by students on the A-Level Physics course.

-Mr P Taylor 

Sir Robert Woodard Academy 27 SRWA Orchestra Performs at the Woodard Musician of the Year Competition The Sir Robert Woodard Academy orchestra entertained an audience who had gathered for the annual Woodard Musician of the...

7th May, 2014

SRWA Orchestra Performs at the Woodard Musician of the Year Competition

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy orchestra entertained an audience who had gathered for the annual Woodard Musician of the Year competition.

As a highly prestigious event on the Woodard Calendar, the students relished the chance to perform in such a splendid performance space on a warm, sunny Sunday in London. 

The SRWA orchestra of 63 students and staff performed its combination of classical, theatrical and film score blockbusters. The students played three different sets – one to open the event, one at the interval and one to close the competition. There was even a demand for an encore. One parent, Mrs Taylor, who travelled up with 52 family and friends on a coach organised by the Academy, commented: “The orchestra keeps on getting better and better even though that seems like an impossibility."

Mr Williams, SRWA Director of Performing Arts, said: “What better way to spend a bank holiday Sunday than in the company of such talented and outstanding young people, they were a credit to the Academy, their family and friends and the local community.  Mr Lelean, SRWA Artistic Director of Music Performance said:  “The orchestra played at a professional level, it was fantastic”. 

St Augustine Academy 28 Impressive early GCSE results at Saint Augustine Academy Saint Augustine Academy is celebrating after a strong pass rate in early GCSE English examination entries.

15th April, 2014

Impressive early GCSE results at Saint Augustine Academy

Saint Augustine Academy is celebrating after a strong pass rate in early GCSE English examination entries.  Students achieved an 83% pass rate between A*-C.

We are very pleased to report that an increased uptake in independent coursework and participation in speaking and listening assessments has enabled students to progress with confidence in their abilities.

The academy offers comprehensive support to Year 11 students who did not attain what they hoped for, and support towards continued improvement for all students is ongoing.

We look forward to sharing our students' successes around the examination period.

Sir Robert Woodard Academy 29 SRWA Visit the Mass Observation Archive: The Keep in Brighton SRWA are proud to be collaborating with the MOA on several projects running over the next few months.

14th April, 2014

SRWA Visit the Mass Observation Archive: The Keep in Brighton

SRWA are proud to be collaborating with the MOA on several projects running over the next few months. Twenty-one keen historians from Year 9 at SRWA made the journey across to the Keep in Falmer to get a taste of research using the amazing Mass Observation Archive; a vast collection of first-hand accounts, written by ordinary people, about life in Britain from 1937 until the early 1950s. The archive was revived in the 1980s and continues to collect diary style writing from volunteer writers from all walks of life. Last year in May, SRWA students were able to contribute Day Diaries to the Archive and hope to do so again this year.

Students were given a tour of the main collections, some of which are housed in temperature controlled rooms with airlock doors, which protect the older materials from deteriorating. They then worked on parts of the archive, looking at World War Two propaganda leaflets and posters. Students then selected details of daily life in 1947 from accounts written by various men and women across the north of England. These accounts described how difficult it was to queue for food in post-war rationing, and to get satisfying jobs as the economy was being rebuilt. Students brought to life materials from the late 80s in dramatic presentations depicting opinions and viewpoints that are quite shocking to us now. This material included:  points of view on the BBC, general TV programming, holiday traditions around Christmas and Easter and the kinds of food eaten then by ordinary families.  

Many of the students, especially the two sixth form historians who accompanied the group, were fascinated by this insight into the minutiae of life across time. Several of the accounts are handwritten and display differing levels of grammar, spelling and punctuation that reflect the educational attainment of the individual writers at the time; some are very factual and some are much more personal with grumbling and jealousy coming through loud and clear!

The staff at MOA explained how many TV scriptwriters, authors and film researchers use the archive to flesh out characters and historical detail for authenticity in their planning. The collection is open to the public and houses the East Sussex archives and a family history research section where anyone wanting to find information about property and relatives may sign up and have free access to all the materials.

For more information on the Mass Observation Archive, follow this link: http://www.thekeep.info/visit_us/

Sir Robert Woodard Academy 30 ‘Through the Decades’ Concert by Year 12 Students A Great Success The Year 12 BTEC Music Performance class from the Sir Robert Woodard Academy held their ‘Through The Decades’ concert, i...

10th April, 2014

‘Through the Decades’ Concert by Year 12 Students A Great Success

The Year 12 BTEC Music Performance class from the Sir Robert Woodard Academy held their ‘Through The Decades’ concert, in the SRWA Alan Strong Theatre. The concert had been organised by the students as part of their BTEC course. All students in the class had to take on roles found within the process of putting on a live music event including Musical Director, Stage Manager, Sound and Lighting Technician and Venue Manager, to name a few.

The class took the audience on a journey from the 1950s to the present day, with pieces such as ‘Johnny B Goode’ and ‘She Loves You’  through to ‘I Bet That You Look Good on the Dance Floor’ and ‘Techno Fan’.  They were also joined by Year 9 student Will Moore on drums for a few of the numbers, as well as the Year 13 BTEC class, who entertained the audience with ‘Spirit in the Sky’ and ‘How To Save A Life’.

The students had decided that the profits from the concert would be split between two local charities, St Barnabas Hospice and the Camelia Botnar Children’s Centre, with representatives from each of the these charities attending the concert.  Each of the charity representatives gave a short presentation to the audience on the work of their charity and praised the musical ability and enthusiasm of those performing.  Overall, the evening raised £230, to be split between the two charities.

Following on from this, on Tuesday 1st April, representatives from the class visited St Barnabas Hospice to present them with a cheque for £115.  Students were given a tour around the hospice by Neil Francis and Mary Bye, who explained the different aspects of the hospice and how the money the students had raised would benefit the patients.

Music teacher Ms Laura Fauvel said, “It was a very rewarding experience for all the students involved.  They worked incredibly hard to put on the concert, organising everything from the performers and set list, to the advertising and refreshments.  It was a great evening, which the audience thoroughly enjoyed and I know the students did too!  I am very proud of them for choosing to donate their profits to two very worthy local charities, who work very hard within our local community.” 

Sir Robert Woodard Academy 31 Preparations Underway for SRWA Dance Showcase Dance students from the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing are preparing for the Annual Dance Showcase later in the m...

17th March, 2014

Preparations Underway for SRWA Dance Showcase

Dance students from the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing are preparing for the Annual Dance Showcase later in the month.

Celebrating disciplines from Jazz to Contemporary, the showcase offers students from across all year groups the opportunity to present performances and choreography. The varied programme of dances has been produced both in lessons and through extra-curricular clubs and activities.

There will be performances from the junior and senior dance clubs, as well as the Academy Dance Company, who are a group of gifted and talented students from across the different year groups.  

The showcase is particularly important for our Year 13 students whose performances will be assessed for their level 3 BTEC qualification. 

The performances take place on Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th March at 7pm in The Alan Strong Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased from the Academy box office on 01903 767434 priced £5 for Adults and £3 for Concessions.  

Sir Robert Woodard Academy 32 The Sir Robert Woodard Academy Launches New Specialist Academies and Scholarship Opportunities The Sir Robert Woodard Academy is launching three new specialist Academies.

13th March, 2014

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy Launches New Specialist Academies and Scholarship Opportunities

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy is launching three new Academies: - the SRWA Basketball Academy, The Dance Academy entitled Strive2Dance and for students who are musically inclined, the SRWA Music Scholarship. 

The Academy is delighted to be opening a Basketball Academy from September 2014 for those students entering Sixth Form.  There will be a launch event taking place at the Academy on Tuesday 18th March where demonstrations will take place and further details will be available.

The Academy is also offering ten music scholarship places to students entering Year 7 and Year 12 with immediate effect or from September 2014. 

The third Academy to be launched is the new Dance Academy Strive2Dance, a contemporary dance school that will focus on developing contemporary technique and choreographic approaches to create exciting and thought-provoking choreographies.

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy's recently implemented activities and protocols have resulted in a significant ‘step change’, demonstrated not only by rising academic standards, but other aspects that factor in establishing a successful academy e.g. pastoral care and enrichment.  

In the summer the Sixth Form students achieved a 100% pass rate with 35% of results being A*-B.  At GCSE the results for 5 A*-C including both English and mathematics stand at 56%.  A clear impact in the community has been noticed, as the number of students for next year’s intake at both Year 7 and Sixth Form at are record levels since the Academy opened in 2010.

We look forward to sharing the news and successes that will come out of the academy for years to come.

 

The Littlehampton Academy 33 The Scott Centre at TLA is Inclusion in Action At Woodard Academies Trust we are extremely are proud of our Inclusion policy, which ensures that all children have acce...

3rd March, 2014

The Scott Centre at TLA is Inclusion in Action

At Woodard Academies Trust we are extremely are proud of our Inclusion policy, which ensures that all children have access to the highest quality education and are not held back unfairly as a result of having special educational needs.

The Scott Centre at the Littlehampton Academy is an example of this policy in action. The centre runs full-time to support students with Autism, Asperger’s and other communication and social difficulties. Supervised by specialist qualified staff, the students partake in as regular a school day as possible. Integration is a key tenet of the policy.  

The centre is a twelve place facility for students with assessed social and communication needs who are able, or who are considered potentially able, to benefit from access to the mainstream curriculum.  All students who are admitted have a statement of Special Educational Need and are placed at The Littlehampton Academy by the Local Education Authority. 

Head of the Centre, Daphne Robinson said: “The new facility will enable us to support 12 students. This provision will help enable students to achieve their full potential, both academic and social.”

The Centre aims to enable students to participate as fully as possible in mainstream education.  It offers a supportive environment within which they receive therapeutic interventions designed to address their individual needs.  Inclusion into the mainstream is a gradual process but students are expected to spend over 50% of their time integrated into mainstream classes with support.

The centre has been accredited with West Sussex Autism Aware Award, 2011-14.

We are delighted that the Scott Centre enables students with these kinds of difficulties to take part in the day-to-day life at the academy. They form an important part of a diverse student body aiming for the collective goal of top-class education and the building of a strong sense of community. We are very proud that one of our academies can offer such a centre.

Kings Priory School 34 Sixth Formers at Kings Priory School Have the World at Their Feet A team of nine North Tyneside Sixth Formers is celebrating having secured 39 university offers between them to study Geo...

27th February, 2014

Sixth Formers at Kings Priory School Have the World at Their Feet

A team of nine North Tyneside Sixth formers is celebrating having secured 39 university offers between them to study Geology, Geography or Earth Science.

Kings Priory School is looking to continue its strong tradition of providing undergraduate students to top Russell Group universities in very specialised and unique subject areas such as Geology.

Head of Sixth Form, Paul Angel: “Being one of the very few schools in the north east that offers Geology at A-level we are extremely proud that over the past three years we have sent no less than 26 students off to university to study Geology and or Geography.”

A number of sixth formers at The Kings Priory School are still waiting to hear about further offers and Mr Angel is confident that the final number of students who secure university courses in these subjects will reach 35.

Well done to you all! 

Kings Priory School 35 Gill Hewlett is to be appointed as the Principal of Kings Priory School Woodard Academies Trust has announced that Mrs Hewlett, who is currently Acting Head of Senior School, has accepted the...

13th February, 2014

Gill Hewlett is to be appointed as the Principal of Kings Priory School

Gill Hewlett is to be appointed as the Principal of Kings Priory School, Tynemouth.

Gill Hewlett

Woodard Academies Trust has announced that Mrs Hewlett, who is currently Acting Head of Senior School, has accepted the position following the departure by mutual agreement of David Dawes on 31 December.

Since January, the Academy has been led by Mrs Hewlett and Ms Sue Melbourne, the current Head of Primary and Middle Schools.

Mrs Jan Richardson, Chairman of the Woodard Academies Trust, commented;

“We are delighted by how well Gill and Sue, in their roles as head of schools, have been working and the positive difference this has made to the school environment. The Trust has been assessing carefully what is best for the Academy and working with Gill and Sue to agree a way forward. Sue has expressed a wish to concentrate her energies on continuing to lead the Primary and Middle Schools and following due process Gill been appointed as Principal from April 2014.

“Gill has already proved in her role as Acting Head of Senior School that she shares the same values on which Kings Priory School is based. We want to ensure that young people are ‘nurtured, valued and known’ in the Woodard tradition, and where all understand that learning is the core business of the School. As such the Trust has decided that keeping this united team together for the foreseeable future will enable the vision for Kings Priory School to be realised.  We are delighted that Gill has agreed to become Principal and are confident that under her leadership, we will see sustained success for the school.”

Mrs Hewlett has been a senior leader for over 13 years in secondary schools and as a local authority officer leading the Extended School strategy.  Following a family relocation in 2008, she established a successful business offering a bespoke senior leadership service primarily as an Associate Principal in newly formed academies. 

“It’s an honour to have been chosen by the Woodard Academies Trust to lead Kings Priory School. It is unique in that it is built on two very successful schools and we have already made great progress in fulfilling the sponsor’s vision. As a family school, we benefit greatly from being part of the Woodard family,” said Mrs Hewlett, who is a published author and co-author of a number of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 mathematics text books, most recently the AQA GCSE Mathematics series. 

She added:

“I believe strongly in community involvement in young people’s education and will be looking at ways in which we can involve parents further into all aspects of school life. Whilst the Principal has changed, the staff and pupils have not and they have all been working extremely hard. We have a highly skilled and professional team who work hard to ensure our pupils are happy and successful. I could not be more proud.”

Commenting on the change, David Bilton, CEO of Woodard Academies Trust said;

“Our continuing focus is on providing the best education we possibly can for the pupils of Kings Priory School. Gill has extensive educational experience and is well-respected by her colleagues, by the students and their parents. Gill is committed to ensuring that Kings Priory School continues to be the school of choice for the Tynemouth community and I know she is looking forward to working closely with the teaching staff to provide the very best opportunities for each and every child.”

The Littlehampton Academy 36 Littlehampton Academy Students Win Schools Challenge with Idea to Combat Cyberbullying Students at the Littlehampton Academy are celebrating today after winning the inaugural Clear Computing Schools Challeng...

13th February, 2014

Littlehampton Academy Students Win Schools Challenge with Idea to Combat Cyberbullying

Students at the Littlehampton Academy are celebrating today after winning the inaugural Clear Computing Schools Challenge, a competition open to schools in the Worthing area.

Hosted at Worthing College and organised by Clear Computing Ltd, an online security company based in West Sussex, the students were tasked with finding innovative solutions to tackle cyberbullying by developing a new social network.

With cyberbullying become an increasing concern the Schools challenge provided ample opportunity for students to consider the problem and how they would go about addressing it.

In a 2013 survey of young people and their use of social networks, anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label found that:            

·7 out of 10 young people have been victims of cyberbullying.

·37% of young people have experienced cyberbullying on a highly frequent basis.

·20% of young people have experienced cyberbullying on a daily basis.

Both teams from the Littlehampton Academy impressed the judges with their work and progressed to the finals, and to the academy’s delight, one of those teams won the competition overall. The members of the winning team, Maisie Reid, Tia Hodgson, Sophie Combes, Conor Stevens and Daniel Black, were happy to win the First Schools’ Challenge with their idea for a social networking site named Zeezo.

Their design was commended for providing a platform where students could revise and interact with each other at the same time. Key features of the site included: educational games, a forum, guides to revision tactics, and a chill-out zone for students to socialise. The proposed benefits of the site were: sharing knowledge with others, organising and planning for future life skills, and helping other students achieve.

Niamh Andersson, a student at the academy whose team reached the finals, said: " I liked that we worked in groups and had to organise everything ourselves, being able to talk to volunteer business men and women, who provided us with relevant information to support our decisions. I liked the idea of making a social media website as many students our age go on Facebook and twitter and this helps give us a better understanding of the decisions used in building such a platform."

Rob Josephs, Enterprise Coordinator at the academy, said: “The Clear Computing challenge was a great opportunity for our students to pit their wits against students across Sussex in an area of interest for young people. Social Media continues to grow and is a topic which brings great discussion especially in relation to cyber bullying and the challenge allowed our students to address such factors when designing their new online platform. The range of ideas and quality of presentations showed our young people in such a great light and the judges were very impressed with what was produced. A fantastic day and a great experience for all those involved.”

Kings Priory School 37 Kings Priory School Pupils 'Book' Themselves Up For Great Month of Reading Primary pupils at Kings Priory School in Tynemouth are preparing for a month-long celebration of reading, as part of a n...

11th February, 2014

Kings Priory School Pupils 'Book' Themselves Up For Great Month of Reading

Primary pupils at Kings Priory School in Tynemouth are preparing for a month-long celebration of reading, as part of a nationwide campaign.

From February 24th to March 21st, children on the school’s Percy Park Road and Huntington Place sites will take part in the annual ‘Read for my School’ competition, where children in various age groups attempt to read as many free online books as possible, through www.readformyschool.co.uk.

In addition to the sponsored ‘readathon’, children at Kings Priory will also be able to enjoy a special Book Fair from March 3rd to 6th, when the Travelling Book Company visits the school.

To celebrate World Book Day on March 6th, pupils on the Percy Park Site will be dressing up as their favourite literary character. A donation of £1 per pupil will then be sent to Book Aid International, to allow books to be sent to children in Africa.

World Book Day will also see a special Reading Afternoon Tea on the Huntington Place site, to which all pupils and parents/carers from Reception to Year 8 will be invited. 

Sue Melbourne, Head of Primary and Middle Schools at Kings Priory, said: “An enjoyment of books and reading is not only key to learning at Kings Priory, but opens up a world of possibilities and, we hope, a lifelong love of literature.”

Sir Robert Woodard Academy 38 Sixth Form Students Debate at the Heart of Politics Earlier in the term Sixth Form students from Sir Robert Woodard Academy visited the Palace of Westminster to debate poli...

4th February, 2014

Sixth Form Students Debate at the Heart of Politics

Earlier in the term Sixth Form students from Sir Robert Woodard Academy visited the Palace of Westminster to debate political issues under true House of Commons conditions.

At the Palace, where proceedings were kindly overseen by Tim Loughton, the MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, the students engaged in a lively debate on the subject of humanitarian relief efforts and the role of the UK and international community within this.

Following the debate, Tim Loughton led the group on an impromptu tour of the Houses of Parliament, and served as a very knowledgeable tour guide, offering fascinating insights into the history of the buildings.

“It was great to be immersed within a politically charged environment where we were able to interpret and challenge opposing views,” one student said, while another added: “Reading aloud a point in the debate has really built up my confidence and I would definitely do it again.”

 

Kings Priory School 39 Oxbridge Delight for Kings Priory Quartet Four delighted Year 13 pupils at Kings Priory School, Tynemouth, are celebrating after they were offered places to study...

22nd January, 2014

Oxbridge Delight for Kings Priory Quartet

Four delighted Year 13 pupils at Kings Priory School, Tynemouth, are celebrating after they were offered places to study at Oxford or Cambridge next year.

Jade Hope has been offered a place to Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Queen’s College, Cambridge; Rowan Pritchett to read Mathematics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; Alex Shaw to read joint honours English and German at Jesus College, Oxford and Michael Bentham to read Music at Hertford College, Oxford.

Head of Chapter Mr Philip Sanderson, who supported the candidates through the application process, said: “We offer our heartfelt congratulations to Alex, Michael, Rowan and Jade; they have obviously impressed Oxbridge tutors with their razor sharp intellect, hard work and independent spirit. Both pupils and staff should be congratulated on the hard work they put into achieving these offers.”

Mr Sanderson’s crucial role in giving advice to the school’s Oxbridge candidates has been recognised with a nomination by a former pupil for the University of Oxford Inspirational Teachers’ Award.

Kings Priory School 40 Kings Priory School Pupils Celebrate New Year With Outstanding Early GCSE Results Pupils and staff at Kings Priory School, Tynemouth, are celebrating after a group of Year 11 students achieved 96% Grade...

22nd January, 2014

Kings Priory School Pupils Celebrate New Year With Outstanding Early GCSE Results

Pupils and staff at Kings Priory School, Tynemouth, are celebrating after a group of Year 11 students achieved 96% Grade A* or A in their early Mathematics GCSE results.

Over half (54%) of pupils who took the examination achieved an A* grade.

Head of School, Gill Hewlett, said: “It is wonderful to see our pupils again proving that hard work and independence of thought pay dividends; this has been an exceptionally busy year group and their contribution to the life of the school in sport, music, drama and the Duke of Edinburgh programme has been massive.

“It goes to show that busy pupils achieve great things. We all look forward to continued success in the Sixth Form at Kings Priory School.”

St Peter's Academy 41 Sports and Languages Collide, Leadership Skills at St Peter’s Academy Year 10 and 11 students at the academy have been busy gaining skills in sports leadership, in an effort to expand the le...

21st January, 2014

Sports and Languages Collide, Leadership Skills at St Peter’s Academy

Year 10 and 11 students at the academy have been busy gaining skills in sports leadership, in an effort to expand the level of knowledge and skills that will take them to sixth form, work or further training.

In a curious initiative, students have been planning and delivering ‘Sports Meets Languages’ festivals. The festivals are for Year 6 students from primary schools in the surrounding area.

The students led classes on cheerleading, indoor athletics and Pétanque, and Mrs Kliment Temple gave Spanish and French lessons.

A member of teaching staff at the academy said: “We believe that sports leadership can make a real and positive difference for our students. For many young people, a leadership role in sport gives them recognition and a sense of self-worth that they would not otherwise find. It also equips them with effective communication and organisational skills, engendering responsibility and self-respect.”

St Augustine Academy 42 Sixth form students create support network for younger students Sixth formers at Saint Augustine academy have implemented a student-led support network for students in Years 7 to 11.

10th January, 2014

Sixth form students create support network for younger students

Sixth formers at Saint Augustine academy have implemented a student-led support network for students in Years 7 to 11.

The initiative, named Step One, hopes to offer students a different type of support than what is already on offer from academy staff.

"The mentors of Step One are aged 16-17, making us more approachable because we are of a more ‘relatable’ age," said Casey Whiting and Jess Moss, two of the mentors from the group. "We feel this is necessary as it builds a strong Academy community and offers a helping hand to those in need."

Mrs Keysell, Head of Health and Well-being, said: “Their aim is to build up a trusting relationship with students in Years 7-11 to help with some of their everyday problems and stresses. It has been incorporated into their Health and Social Course and all students involved have received a Level 1 Safeguarding Award as well as writing their own policy in line with existing Academy policies. It has been an enriching experience all round.”

Sir Robert Woodard Academy 43 A Fruitful Partnership with Ricardo Engineering Earlier in the term Three Dimensional Design BTEC students attended the annual Ricardo Rocket Car Competition.

6th January, 2014

A Fruitful Partnership with Ricardo Engineering

Earlier in the term Three Dimensional Design BTEC students attended the annual Ricardo Rocket Car Competition. Employees of the company compete to design and build a vehicle to be propelled down the Ricardo test track by a small yet powerful rocket. The winner is decided by which vehicle covers the most distance.

The Sir Robert Woodard students were invited back for a second year running, and spent the week’s prior designing, manufacturing and testing their vehicles, with some impressive results. Though unfortunately, on the day, the employees of Ricardo manufactured vehicles that could cover a larger distance. Not all was lost though, the students walked away with an ‘Artistic Merit’ award for their efforts, and are already thinking about improvements they will make for the 2014 competition.

Throughout the year Sir Robert Woodard Academy students will be invited to attend various master classes and career talks, kindly delivered by Ricardo Engineering.

Kings Priory School 44 Hundreds of students look at Kings Priory School for sixth form education Students in the North East are turning to King’s Priory School for their sixth form education. Almost 500 people, includ...

9th December, 2013

Hundreds of students look at Kings Priory School for sixth form education

Students in the North East are turning to King’s Priory School for their sixth form education.

Almost 500 people, including prospective students from a wide geographical area, attended a recent open evening at the school with a view to taking their A-levels there.

Principal David Dawes, who described the turn out as ‘outstanding’, said success of the evening was an indication of the huge level of support for the academy and pointed towards a very promising future.

‘This is clear evidence of the traction of our distinctively academic sixth form proposition with local, and some not-so-local, young people.  It also reminds us of the responsibility that we have to deliver upon extremely high expectations both inside and outside of the classroom, with the area’s most able young people looking to Kings Priory as the place of preference for their studies,’ he said.

‘We had an incredible 450 to 500 visitors, which all but filled both the main King’s Hall and the Lecture Theatre. Particular commendation goes to Paul Angel, Jo Robson and Alex Callighan for their vision for, and organisation of, this terrific event.’

David Bilton, CEO of Woodard Academies Trust said: ‘It is excellent to hear that this open evening for prospective sixth form students was such a huge success. It bodes extremely well for the future of King’s Priory School.’

The first academy of its type in the UK, King’s Priory is the amalgamation of the former independent school, King’s School, Tynemouth, and the former state school, Priory Primary School.  The new academy based on two sites in Tynemouth caters for students from the ages of four to 18 and is sponsored by Woodard Academies Trust. Plans to open the new academy were unveiled in September last year and the funding agreement was signed by the Secretary of State in July.

King’s Priory offers a wide range of A-level courses; alongside core subjects such as maths, English and the sciences, students are able to opt for less commonly taught courses such as ancient history and geology.

Over the last two years the school has achieved a 100% pass rate (A* to E), with 84% gaining grades A to C and 65% getting A* to B.

Mr Dawes said that while achievement is important, King’s Priory prides itself on producing young people with a desire for learning.

‘Our staff at King’s Priory are of the highest quality and they place great emphasis, quite rightly, on building characters who are able to challenge, question and ultimately find their way in life,’ said Mr Dawes.

 

Sir Robert Woodard Academy 45 Accelerated Reading at Sir Robert Woodard Academy Literacy forms a strong part of the curriculum offered by The Sir Robert Woodard Academy, and this year the academy hope...

8th November, 2013

Accelerated Reading at Sir Robert Woodard Academy

Literacy forms a strong part of the curriculum offered by The Sir Robert Woodard Academy, and this year the academy hopes to raise the profile of independent reading.

One of the ways they are going about it is by investing in a software package called Accelerated Reader (more information here). The software platform provides teachers and students with a way to monitor independent reading. Students choose a book at their level and read it at their own pace, and can then take a short quiz to gauge their level of understanding of the text.

After the quiz, feedback is presented to the student and teacher, who can then work together to set goals and continue on-going reading plans.

Reports from the project are encouraging, with students even getting some extra reading time in during registration!

St Peter's Academy 46 Officially Open – St Peter’s Academy ready to serve its students and the community Today we welcome dignitaries, special guests, staff and friends at St Peter’s Academy to attend its official opening cer...

7th November, 2013

Officially Open – St Peter’s Academy ready to serve its students and the community

Today we welcome dignitaries, special guests, staff and friends at St Peter’s Academy to attend its official opening ceremony.

Based in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, the brand new £20m building offers a wide array of sports, academic and technology facilities to ensure that the young people who pass through it emerge as fully-rounded, responsible citizens. The key aim of a Woodard education is to develop The Whole Child, and goes beyond exam results to ensure that each student is treated as an autonomous individual with capabilities that deserve nurturing. We aspire to create conditions where students can meet their full potential.

We look forward to serving the Stoke community for generations to come. 

Stoke City footballer Peter Crouch was kind enough to attend the academy yesterday to view the facilities and speak with students. After viewing the state of the art classroom and laboratory spaces, he was moved to say: “I think the academy's facilities are amazing. They are probably some of the best I have seen and I would have loved to have come to a school like this when I was young.”

Courtesy of The Sentinel, a gallery of pictures of Peter Crouch's visit is available to view here

Sir Robert Woodard Academy 47 Science, Science, Science! 2012/2013 proved to be a very busy year for the science faculty at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy, as it explored scienc...

30th October, 2013

Science, Science, Science!

2012/2013 proved to be a very busy year for the science faculty at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy, as it explored science with its students, the local community and beyond.

The Science Club has seen an increase in numbers over the last few weeks, and with students using scientific data and techniques to make slime, lava lamps and bouncy balls, it’s not hard to see why!

Earlier in the year a group of A-Level Physics students from the academy visited the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The site of the collider is located on the Swiss/French border, and students took part in a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the facility.

Due to the success of the visit a further trip is scheduled for March 2014, initially open to AS-Level Physics students.

To bring the science closer to home, the academy is now offering a short series of community science lessons, open to current students and their parents. Mr Palmer and Ms Khodaie have kindly offered up their time to lead the classes. Participants will even be able to make their own bath bombs!

We look forward to hearing about all of the experiments, studies and trips throughout the year. 

St Peter's Academy 48 Rolls Royce Trip Students from the academy attended the Rolls Royce Learning and Development Centre in Derby for a day of learning...

2nd September, 2013

Rolls Royce Trip

Students from the academy attended the Rolls Royce Learning and Development Centre in Derby for a day of learning and to discover more about the company and its role as an international business.

Student’s learnt about the core components of the business: aerospace, marine technology and energy initiatives. The knowledge of the students was tested through informal discussions about aviation. Students were also taken on a tour of the Rolls Royce Heritage Museum to learn more about the landmarks in innovation that the company had made over the decades.

Finally, a discussion took place on careers at the company. Talks ranged from company culture, job specifications, qualifications needed and what it was like to work as an apprentice at the company.  

Woodard Trust 49 Woodard Academies Trust bucks the national trend again with their GCSE results Woodard Academies Trust, sponsor of four academies in England, is celebrating GCSE success with a group-wide 2.5% year-o...

28th August, 2013

Woodard Academies Trust bucks the national trend again with their GCSE results

Woodard Academies Trust, sponsor of four academies in England, is celebrating GCSE success with a group-wide 2.5% year-on-year increase in the number of students achieving five or more GCSEs at A* to C grades (including English and Maths).

This is the second consecutive year that Woodard has seen an improvement in GCSE performance, in contrast to the national trend.

These results include an impressive 5% uplift on the key benchmark figure at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing, West Sussex. This achievement continues a pattern of success for the academy, which has enjoyed an overall 20% rise since its first set of results in 2010. At Advanced level, the academy achieved a 100% pass rate with 36% of passes at A*-B.with a group-wide 2.5% year-on-year increase in the number of students achieving five or more GCSEs at A* to C grades (including English and Maths). This is the second consecutive year that Woodard has seen an improvement in GCSE performance, in contrast to the national trend.

A further highlight for the Trust is the 11% increase in 5A*-C (EM) at St Augustine Academy in Maidstone, Kent,  Only in its second year of opening, St Augustine students have made massive strides in their achievements.

Barbi Goulding-Parr, Academies Chief Officer for Woodard Academies Trust, said:

“I’m delighted by the GCSE results achieved by our students. Over the past two years our academies have worked hard to transform results.To add 2.5% growth this year, against a backdrop of 6% improvement last year, is a tribute to our students, staff and parents and justifies the work of the Trust as a whole . As our academies grow and expand, we will continue to invest in both academic standards and supportive learning environments, where each individual is valued and encouraged to give of their best.”

St Augustine Academy 50 St Augustine Academy Teacher Wins Award for Services to Sport and Education John Saunders, School Sports Partnership Manager at St Augustine Academy, has won an award for his contribution to sport...

19th July, 2013

St Augustine Academy Teacher Wins Award for Services to Sport and Education

John Saunders, School Sports Partnership Manager at St Augustine Academy, has won an award for his contribution to sport and education at the ‘Celebrate Maidstone Awards’.

The annual awards ceremony takes place to recognise and celebrate people’s contributions to their community through a variety of initiatives.

Mr Saunders’ citation, which was read out at the awards evening, states:

“John has been developing high quality physical education and school sport opportunities for all young people across Maidstone. His tireless enthusiasm enables thousands of children to represent their school at any number of sporting events he runs each year. He continues to drive home the message that sport is for everyone and enjoys the challenge to prove that claim to any doubters. John continues to train an army of sports leaders in schools who have developed their confidence and gained skills that will stay with them for life.”

John was also the recent recipient of Maidstone’s ‘Sports Personality of the Year’.

Congratulations, John, the Trust is proud to count you as a colleague.

Sir Robert Woodard Academy 51 SRWA Steel Band provides entertainment at local event SRWA’s Steel Band were booked last month to entertain dignitaries and visitors at the opening ceremony of Splashpoint Wo...

12th July, 2013

SRWA Steel Band provides entertainment at local event

SRWA’s Steel Band were booked last month to entertain dignitaries and visitors at the opening ceremony of Splashpoint Worthing, a new building offering a swimming pool and leisure facilities to local residents.

Mr LeLean, conductor of the Steel Band, wrote:

“It was a beautiful sunny day enhanced by the superb sounds of the band. The Steel Band once again proved that practice makes perfect as their flawless performance had the queuing customers dancing and clapping, whilst they waited for entry for the pool. Younger children joined in with maracas and castanets, thrilled to be part of the music.”

The band played a number of sets throughout the day, and the staff at the centre provided them with lunch and swimming passes by way of thank you. The Band was a credit to the academy, and is now practicing for its summer season at the County Cricket Ground, followed by a performance arts tour in July that will take them to France.

After the event, Mr Lelean said: “I was so proud, once again, to be standing in front of such a talented group of students from our Academy.”

The Littlehampton Academy 52 Littlehampton Academy Student Wins Top Award Littlehampton Academy student Ashley Macey won a top award at the 2013 Arun Youth Community Awards, in recognition of he...

14th June, 2013

Littlehampton Academy Student Wins Top Award

Littlehampton Academy student Ashley Macey won a top award at the 2013 Arun Youth Community Awards, in recognition of her charity work at home and abroad. 

Upwards of 150 people attended the show, organised by Inspire Leisure, Arun District and Arun Youth Council, with Ashley seeing off tough competition to secure the top prize. 

Ashley had recently returned from a trip to India, where she taught children in impoverished regions, part of a CRED Team Trip with other students from the academy. She had spent the year before planning events, raising awareness, and fundraising for the trip. 

Speaking of the trip, Paul Sanderson, Chaplain at the academy, wrote, "Ashley was incredible. She smiled her way through the brilliant lessons she taught. She inspired others on the team with her energy and enthusiasm. And she came away having helped improve the ability of the students she taught as well as developed herself even more. She is a natural leader and has shown this by being part of the volunteer sports leadership team working in primary schools across Littlehampton."

Ashley's commitment to social change and charity is truly inspiring, we look forward to hearing of her future successes.

St Augustine Academy 53 Young Carers Research at Saint Augustine Academy It is estimated that there are over 700,000 young carers in the UK, with some even spending upwards of 50 hours a week c...

17th May, 2013

Young Carers Research at Saint Augustine Academy

It is estimated that there are over 700,000 young carers in the UK, with some even spending upwards of 50 hours a week caring for their family members.

Students at St Augustine Academy are currently undertaking a research project on young carers, with the aim of raising awareness at the academy. The project is being run by Emma Ovenden, Emily Hilton, Charlotte Steen, Owen McLeod and Ashly Dauncey, who wrote the following as an introduction to their project:

“We have been researching young carers as we have chosen to find out more about them for our citizenship controlled assessment. Over the next few weeks, we will be raising awareness at the Academy and giving a presentation. Many young carers have to lose out on some education, they don’t always get the chance to be a child as they have so many responsibilities at home. If you know of a young carer, please do something to help them out. They would appreciate it and would be very thankful.”

We at the Trust hope the research project is a success, and that is has a positive outcome for those affected by the matters raised.

Courtesy of Barnado’s, below are some key facts about young carers:

  • The average age of a young carer is 12.
  • The 2001 census showed that there are 175,000 young carers in the UK, 13,000 of whom care for more than 50 hours a week.
  • More than half of young carers live in one-parent families and almost a third care for someone with mental health problems.

We at the Trust look forward to hearing of their findings, well done for undertaking such a vital piece of research. 

Woodard Trust 54 A Successful Safeguarding Seminar Two successful Safer Recruitment Workshops were held at St Augustine’s Academy.

14th May, 2013

A Successful Safeguarding Seminar

Two successful Safer Recruitment Workshops were held at St Augustine Academy. 25 delegates attended two workshops aimed to give participants an awareness and understanding of their responsibility for safer recruitment including:

· Awareness and understanding of offender behaviour

· Identifying the key features in staff recruitment that helps deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people

· Considering policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse and if it occurs, ensuring prompt reporting

· Helping participants to review their own and their organisation’s policies and practices with a view to making them safer

These workshops delivered by Jane Hillyer, WAT’s Operational HR Manager and Brenda Stannard an Independent Safeguarding Consultant were extremely well received with delegates rating them highly.  Delegates from local schools were also invited to the seminar, and those who took up the invitation found the seminar and workshops to be highly illuminating.

These workshops are just part of Woodard Academies Trust’s commitment to safeguarding children and young people.

St Augustine Academy 55 Saint Augustine Academy Spring Concert At the end of last term, St Augustine Academy held its annual Spring Concert. Organised and directed by Mr Ware, with ad...

15th March, 2013

Saint Augustine Academy Spring Concert

At the end of last term, St Augustine Academy held its annual Spring Concert. Organised and directed by Mr Ware, with additional support from Mr Collin and Miss Rushworth, the event proved to be a great success. This year the audience grew upwards of over 300 people – including students, staff, parents, and members of the local community.

The standard of performances was exceptional, with students from each year group working through a series of musical items and choreographed dances.  

There was a band and dance medley, performances of popular songs, reimaginings of modern classics and much, much more.

Kings Priory School 56 Schools Commissioner Visits Tynemouth We were very pleased to welcome the Schools Commissioner, Dr Elizabeth Sidwell, to the King's School and Priory Primary...

4th February, 2013

Schools Commissioner Visits Tynemouth

We were very pleased to welcome the Schools Commissioner, Dr Elizabeth Sidwell, to the King's School and Priory Primary School. She took a tour of each schools grounds, met students and staff, and saw first-hand what is to be a historic project, the amalgamation of an independent and state school.

Dr Sidwell said, “I am so impressed by the calibre of teaching and learning and have been absolutely inspired by the pupils that I have been fortunate to meet on my visit. It is fantastic to see such a great example of innovation and partnership working, where there is an absolute focus on the school and providing a brighter future for our children, to the benefit of the wider local community. I look forward to keeping in touch with you all.” 

We look forward to welcoming Dr Sidwell back for another visit. Thank you to the students and staff who helped out on the day.