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  • Nottingham Academy joins Royal Wedding celebrations on BBC Breakfast

    Published 17/05/18

    The BBC interviewed students from Nottingham Academy to get their thoughts on the Royal Wedding which takes place on Saturday 19th May. Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended Nottingham Academy in the fall of last year and left a positive effect on our students.

    Watch the BBC clip here:

    Nottingham Academy BBC Breakfast

     

     

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  • International Day Against Homophobia ​​​​​​​

    Published 17/05/18

    The 17th of May is the International Day Against Homophobia to raise awareness of the issues which are still faced by some members of the LGBTQ community across the world. Greenwood Academies Trust is proud to be working in partnership with StoneWall UK to ensure that our organisation is fully inclusive for all of our young people and staff. Over 130 countries are uniting today to highlight that there are still members of the LGBTQ community facing fear, intimidation and prejudice across the world today. GAT are proud to support the International Day Against Homophobia as we believe in equality for all, we encourage the GAT family to embrace the words: ‘Your Character Counts’ and ‘I am Unique’

    Stand with us today to help raise awareness on the need for acceptance for all. Join in the conversation on social media and spread the word by using the hashtag: #IDAHOBIT2018. You can also get involved by taking further action by following the link below:

    Click here to take action today    

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  • SATs reminder

    Published 11/05/18

    It’s that time of year again, where year 6 pupils across our Primary Academies undertake their key stage 2 tests (known as SATs).

    We are well aware that this can be a demanding time for pupils. Therefore, we have put together a “5 elements to SATS success” guide for our pupils and families.

    1)      Sleep and recovery:

     As Aristotle puts it “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” To optimize energy levels for maximum output, sufficient sleep is needed each night. 10-11 year olds should be getting no less than 9 hours of sleep. This will ensure their memory, cognitive ability and energy is the best it can be. A useful tip to ensure your child winds down properly is to remove any electronic devices and prevent your children from undertaking intense physical activity right before bed.

    2)      Keep hydrated:

    Drink plenty of water: 90% of our brain is water. We cannot afford to be dehydrated even at 2% as this reduces brain performance. Furthermore, water intake can increase the level of oxygen the brain receives, thus increasing the speed of the brain by 14%. Crucial for critical thinking!

    3)      Feed your body with nutrition

    Minerals, vitamins and nutrients are required for pupils to perform to their potential. From carbohydrates to protein to healthy fats, the body needs all three macro nutrients as well as minerals and vitamins. So adopting a healthy well balanced diet with plenty of vegetables and natural foods will impact their output in the best way possible.

    Get the best start – eat breakfast – this is probably the most important meal of the day. Things like porridge, Weetabix and brown toast, will help your body to burn energy slowly and steadily.

    4)      Stay active:

    It is very important to stay active. Whether it is sports, dancing, or any other form of exercise, the idea is to get their whole body moving to increase blood flow and strengthen the interconnections within the nerve cells.

    5)      The right mind-set:

    Think positive – believe in yourself and you will do great.

    One last reminder to our masterminds, don’t forget to breathe, relax and enjoy this big moment! Good luck and we know our pupils will make everyone, including themselves proud! #GATPower #StudentsToday #MasterMindsTomorrow

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  • OFSTED 2018

    Published 04/05/18

    Greenwood Academies Trust are delighted with the recent Ofsted outcomes

    Following back to back Ofsted inspections, all with very successful outcomes,  The Trust are extremely proud of all our staff and pupils and delighted that Ofsted have noticed the strengths within our academies. 

    Nethergate Academy - OUTSTANDING 

    Ofsted awarded Nethergate Academy with a glowing report – rating it as an Outstanding Academy, praising the Principal, TraceyYdlibi, for her strong vision and determination for continuous improvement of the Academy. The report highlighted that theAcademy worked well with its sponsor, Greenwood Academies Trust, since joining last year and their decision to join the Trust has further strengthened and secured school improvement.

    Click here for the latest OFSTED report

    Mansfield Primary Academy - GOOD

    Ofsted inspectors have given the stamp of approval to Mansfield Primary Academy, rating it Good and in particular highlighting the “significant” progress pupils are making in English and mathematics, and the high quality of teaching. The Ofsted report said the Academy was well-placed to improve even further, praising the strong leadership across the Academy. The quality of teaching, use of assessment, and English and maths were all picked out as areas where there had been strong improvement. Inspectors said that the Principal, Mrs Atkinson, has, with the support of other senior leaders, “motivated, guided and challenged staff to improve the quality of teaching and the use of assessment.” Greenwood Academies Trust was also commended for its “detailed knowledge of the Academy”, and how it “challenges and supports the Academy effectively”.

    Click here for the latest OFSTED report

    Mablethorpe Primary Academy - GOOD 

    Mablethorpe Primary Academy are celebrating their recent ‘good’ rating by Ofsted.

    The report commended both Mablethorpe Primary Academy and its sponsor, Greenwood Academies Trust, for their determination to improve the quality of the Academy’s provision so that the pupils are securely ready for their next steps. Inspectors said that it was ‘very clear that pupils enjoy learning and want to do well’. Catherine Teale, Principal, was delighted with the overall result.

    Click here for the latest OFSTED report

    Bishop Creighton Academy - GOOD

    Bishop Creighton Academy is celebrating after receiving a glowing Ofsted report which has seen them go from rated as “Requires Improvement” to “Good” in all areas. This has come after three years of rapid improvement which began after the school’s conversion to an Academy and became part of Greenwood Academies Trust in 2015.

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    Ingoldmells Academy - GOOD

    Glowing Ofsted report confirms strength of Ingoldmells Academy. Inspectors noted how “Trust leaders have a clear understanding of the Academy’s priorities” and therefore provide “Academy leaders with significant support”. Furthermore, the enthusiasm of teachers to “improve their professional practice through training provided by the Trust” was also highlighted. The high-quality education is also reflected through feedback from parents, collected via Ofsted’s Parent View portal, which stated that “the Academy has wonderful teachers who nurture children’s needs based on their requirements”. Priding itself on providing a well-rounded education to its pupils, the Academy and the Trust were pleased to see that Ofsted also recognised how they offer “memorable experiences beyond the classroom” such as the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities.

    Click here for the latest OFSTED report

    Skegness Junior Academy - GOOD 

    Skegness Junior Academy received a glowing Ofsted report today, with inspectors praising the work of the Academy, its Principal, Darren Price, and its sponsor, Greenwood Academies Trust. The report confirms the Academy’s Ofsted rating remains Good. The report highlighted the “good quality of education” and “innovative approach” of the Academy, with inspectors noting the school’s“effective systems” and the dedication and vision of its leadership. The support and guidance of Greenwood Academies Trust was cited as “instrumental”, particularly in the areas of staff development to support the continued success of the Academy. The report also stated that pupils with special educational needs or disabilities receive the specialist support they require.

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  • Peter Jones Enterprise Academies 

    Published 16/03/18

    Greenwood Academies Trust forms an alliance with the "Peter Jones Enterprise"

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  • Dance Festivals 

    Published 14/03/18

    Regional Dance Festivals took place between the 28th February to 23rd of March 2018 at City of Peterborough Academy, Nottingham Girls' Acadmey, Weston Favell Academy, Kingswood Secondary Academy and Skegness Academy.

     

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  • Official Opening- Purple Oaks Academy 

    Published 13/03/18

    Introducing our 32nd Academy, Purple Oaks Academy. 

    Friday 9th March was the official opening date for the brand new Academy. With over 70 guests including the local MP, contractors, project managers, just to name a few, the opening was celebrated with the intention to continue the vision of the Trust. To inspire young people to reach and exceed their potential.

    Sarah Martin, principal of the Purple Oaks Academy said: “The official opening of the academy has been a great celebration of the fantastic new facilities we have at Purple Oaks Academy." 

    Log on to the Purples Oaks' website by following the link below to learn more about the official opening. 

    Purple Oaks

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  • The Big Assembly- National Apprenticeship ​​​​​​​Week 2018 

    Published 13/03/18

    The 2018 Big Assembly was held at the Nottingham Academy. During National Apprenticeship week and International Women’s Day the Big Assembly attracted over 25,000 people to tune in live and absorb the accumulated knowledge from companies such as the BBC to a variety of other apprenticeship organisations. 

    Within the Nottingham Academy itself, students from Year 10 and Sixth Form attended the assembly in person and were able to ask live questions. This was a great opportunity for the students to be exposed to an alternative to the popular university route. 

    The East Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, Workpays and GetMyFirstJob created this ground-breaking event, with support from The National Apprenticeship Service and a range of employers committed to Apprenticeships, including degree Apprenticeships.

     

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  • Stand for Equality 

    Published 07/03/18

    What better way to celebrate LGBT Month 2018 than to join The Stonewall Diversity Champions programme.

    The trust has taken the liberty to shed light on the historic month to celebrate wider equality in the workplace.

    What does this mean for the Trust?

    “Your Character Counts” are words that are synonymous with the Greenwood Academies Trust. A value that has been formed into an active strategy that runs not only through the students but staff members and even affiliations. Therefore we stand with pride to promote equality in the workplace to ensure people can be themselves in order to perform to their potential, a true embodiment of having “character”.

    Over the coming twelve months we will be working intensely with Stonewall to enhance the duties and obligations towards equalities and diversity. Each policy and practice that is currently being adopted will be reviewed and analysed under scrutiny. The trust will ensure a more focused approach is taken towards the progression and wellbeing of employees who declare as LGBTQ.

    With this program we aim to achieve a far more comprehensive network, unlocking the potential of all employees. Not only retaining current employees, but also attracting new talent.

    “The Stonewall Diversity Champions programme is an excellent framework for creating a workplace that enables LGBT staff to reach their full potential” – Professor Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost Education and Student Affairs, University College London

    “We are very excited to be working in partnership with Stonewall to celebrate diversity across our family of academies” - Wayne Norrie, CEO

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  • The Purple Oaks Academy opens!

    Published 06/09/17

    The Purple Oaks Academy will open its doors to pupils and parents

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  • Your Character Counts

    Published 06/09/17

    In July 2017, the Trust launched its ‘Your Character Counts’ strategy

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  • World Music Day 

    Published 11/08/17

    The Trust celebrates World Music Day

    This day is used to represent the art of music and how it connects us all together. World Music Day is celebrated each year by connecting a set of free public events in over 120 countries and 700 cities around the world. This is the sixth year of World Music Day and it is full of exciting events as always. The organisation behind this event says: “The continuation of the mid-week dates means we will continue to focus on smaller street gigs, schools, amateur music groups and independent venues.”

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