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  • Free School application approved

    Published 14/06/19

    The Department for Education has approved the Greenwood Academies Trust’s application to open a new free school serving families at the new Trent Basin waterside neighbourhood in Nottingham. The new free school will open in September 2021 and will offer 420-places.

    The Trust also intends to open a 60-place nursery alongside Waterside Primary Academy after consulting with the nursery sector locally to ensure there would be no negative impact on existing provision.

    Graham Feek, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Greenwood Academies Trust, said:

    “We are so excited that the Government has given us the go-ahead to set up Waterside Primary Academy. As with all our academies, we will ensure that Waterside delivers high-quality inclusive education to suit the 420 pupils and their individual needs so that they are all given the opportunities they deserve to achieve their potential. I would like to thank our partners in this project, Nottingham City Council and Blueprint, for their support and we look forward to working with them over the coming months to bring the school to fruition.”

    Mike Hamlin, Chair of Greenwood Academies Trust said:

    “Waterside Primary Academy will play an essential part in building and sustaining an exciting new community within Nottingham. We are very proud of the education we deliver to all the children and young people we are privileged to serve, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, ensuring they receive a great education both inside and outside the classroom – Waterside Primary Academy will be no different.”

    Nottingham City Council Leader Cllr David Mellen said:

    “Proposals for a new school in Nottingham’s newest neighbourhood are very welcome. We have long wanted to develop the Waterside area into a new sustainable community linked to the city centre and adjoining neighbourhoods like Sneinton. In our planning blueprint along with other features, such as transport links and high-quality homes, we included a school.

    Greenwood Academies Trust has worked well with the council to develop the proposals, which will help to boost the viability of further development, as well as providing much-needed extra school places and a high-quality learning environment for local children. This comes on top of the £42m we have invested since 2009 to provide 5,000 additional primary places to meet rising demand and ensure that every child and young person has access to the very best facilities to help them reach their full potential.”

    Sam Veal, Chief Executive of Blueprint, the award-winning regeneration developer behind the design-led, low-energy, Trent Basin, said:

    “Trent Basin continues to focus on neighbourhood and this announcement is a significant step towards establishing a truly exceptional community with a clear identity and with its own sense of place. It will be amazing to have a new primary school on our doorstep, particularly to serve those young families that are now emerging. The Greenwood Academies Trust has an excellent reputation and we look forward to working in partnership with them, and our residents, to build not only the school but also a supporting community around it.”


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  • Proposal to expand the SEND provision at the Nethergate Academy, Clifton, Nottingham

    Published 07/06/19

    Nethergate Academy are consulting on a proposal to expand the Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) provision.

    Please find attached further details about the proposal and details of how to respond.

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  • Outcome of consultation on proposed changes at Nottingham Academy, Ransom Road Campus

    Published 04/06/19

    Following the approval of the proposal to de-merge the Nottingham Academy into two separate academies for September 2020, a consultation exercise took place to propose a number of changes for the Ransom Road Campus.

    The report attached confirms the outcome of the consultation and states the changes that will be implemented.

    These changes will only come into effect for the Ransom Road Campus and will not impact on the Greenwood Road and Sneinton Boulevard Campuses.

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  • GAT Loving Reading Festival Month

    Published 28/05/19

    All KS1 pupils across the Trust will be taking part in the “Love Reading” festival, taking place from the 10th of June until the 5th of July 2019.

    The festival aims to:

    • Promote the love of reading.
    • Inspire the love of reading through creating exciting reading corners and role play areas.
    • Raise the profile of contemporary and exciting authors with pupils.
    • Motivate pupils to read more for pleasure.
    • Make time for shared class stories in the school day.

    As part of the festival, pupils will be getting involved with a number of activities, including Reading Challenges, which will change each week with a range of 10 activities to complete at home and school. Children will be awarded a gold, silver or bronze certificate each week for the level of completion. There shall be a Pokémon, Disney, Superheroes and Favourite Characters theme over each of the four weeks.

    Each Academy will be receiving books from new or contemporary authors as well as up to date storytellers. The classes in each school will be given a book to share and will be encouraged to read a new book each as a class story time.

    One of the festival’s activities has already taken off before the official start date; the “Get Caught Reading!” competition encourages pupils to be photographed while reading in unusual places; weekly winners will be award prizes. We cannot wait to see all the entries!

    To keep up with festival updates, make sure to search for the #GATlovingreading hashtag on  Twitter!

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  • Greenwood Academies Trust celebrates success with top ranking in primary schools table

    Published 24/05/19

    Pupils and staff at Greenwood Academies Trust are celebrating after the Trust was ranked top in a table based on Ofsted performance.

    Greenwood Academies Trust supports 24 primary academies, all of which have been judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. Meeting the three-year requirement of being sponsored by the Trust, 18 of these academies have ranked top in a table of multi-academy trust primary academies - more than all Trusts which have 100% of their primary schools rated at least Good. The table was compiled by FFT Education Datalab.

    The results reflect Greenwood Academies Trust’s continued success and commitment to providing the very best education opportunities for pupils across the East Midlands.

    Greenwood Academies Trust has a strong record of improving the educational outcomes for some of the most economically deprived areas of the country, with many of the primary academies rated Inadequate before joining the Trust.

    Examples of strong Ofsted reports recently achieved by Greenwood primaries include Green Oaks Primary Academy, in Northampton, which has transformed from Inadequate to Good; Bishop Creighton Academy, in Peterborough, which has improved from Requires Improvement to Good; and Nethergate Academy, in Nottingham, which is now rated Outstanding.

    Emma Hadley, Education Director of Greenwood Academies Trust said:

    “We are absolutely thrilled that the hard work and excellence of our staff and pupils has been recognised in this way. To have all our primary academies judged as Good or Outstanding is a great achievement and I couldn’t be prouder of progress we have made as a team to best support our pupils and help them reach their full potential.”

    Wayne Norrie, Chief Executive Officer of Greenwood Academies Trust said:

    “I am delighted to see Greenwood Academies Trust recognised as a leader in primary education. As a Trust, we work incredibly hard to ensure we provide the best opportunities and we will continue to work tirelessly to support and improve the life changes of the pupils we serve.”

    The full report, by FFT Education Datalab, can be found here.

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  • Nottingham Academy proposed de-merger update

    Published 04/04/19
    The Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) has approved the Trust’s proposal to de-merge the Nottingham Academy into two separate academies from September 2020. This means that after reviewing the consultation responses, the Trust Board have ag
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  • National Apprenticeship Week 2019

    Published 27/02/19

    Ever wondered what a day in the life of one of our apprentices looks like?

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  • Nottingham Academy de-merger

    Published 25/02/19

    Update following consultation

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  • National Obesity Awareness Week

    Published 15/01/19

    Statistics show that in England, 28% of children aged between 2 and 15 are estimated to be overweight or obese. Therefore it is crucial we pay attention to the levels of activity and quality of the foods we consume. Click on the attachment below for our tips on healthy eating 

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  • Nottingham Academy De-merger update: Consultation ends 21/12/18 5pm

    Published 21/12/18

    Thank you to everyone who has shared their views about the proposal to de-merge Nottingham Academy. The consultation ends at 5pm today so if you wish to provide your views please email

    We held two consultation meetings on 6 December and the views raised from the meetings and emails received will be collated and reported back to the Trust Board for them to review and form their decisions on whether to proceed with this proposed change. If the Trust Board decides to proceed with the proposal following this review, the decision will then be subject to final approval by the Secretary of State for Education.

    Updates will be posted on the Greenwood Academies Trust and Nottingham Academy websites.

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  • Greenwood Academies Trust go blue for Antibullying Week

    Published 14/12/18

    Greenwood Academies Trust partnered with Bullying UK in November to raise funds by wearing blue for Blue Day to stand against bullying.

    For more insight click here 

    To find out more about how you can play a role click here "

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  • An update on the proposal to de-merge Nottingham Academy

    Published 04/12/18

    Thank you all for sharing your views about the proposal to de-merge Nottingham Academy, as we are now at the half-way point of the consultation I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you a summary of the comments we have received to date:

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