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  • Re: Proposal to amend the age range at the Ingoldmells Academy

    Published 14/10/19

    Following the consultation for the proposal to amend the age range from 4-11 to 2-11 at the Ingoldmells Academy, we can confirm that the Greenwood Academies Trust has submitted a significant change business case to the Department for Education for approval to proceed with the proposal.

    Please find below a copy of the consultation report for information.

    Any further updates will be posted here.

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  • Proposal for two new primary free schools in Northampton

    Published 09/10/19

    Greenwood Academies Trust has submitted an expression of interest to the Department for Education to propose to open two new primary free schools in the Upton Park and Moulton area of Northampton.

    The Trust will need to submit a full application to the DfE by 11 November 2019.

    You can find further information in the brochure below.

    If you wish to comment on the proposals please email by 31 October 2019.

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  • Nethergate Academy Expansion given approval by the DfE

    Published 03/10/19

    The business case for the expansion of the Nethergate Academy to include 48 additional places for pupils with ASD from September 2020 has been given approval by the DfE this week.

    We will now be working with Nottingham City Council to build the new unit.

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  • Houghton Regis Academy

    Published 25/09/19

    The Greenwood Academies Trust inform stakeholders that the closure of the Houghton Regis Academy is currently under consideration.

    Please see the letter below for further information.

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  • Proposal to amend the age range at the Ingoldmells Academy

    Published 09/09/19

    The Ingoldmells Academy have commenced consultation to propose to change the age range from 4-11 to 2-11 to allow for additional pre-school places at the Ingoldmells Academy as of 1 January 2020. The consultation ends on 4 October at 5pm. Please find below further details about the proposal.

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  • A new academy joins the Greenwood Academies Trust on 1 September 2019

    Published 29/08/19

    Seathorne Primary Academy (formerly The Skegness Seathorne Primary School) in Skegness, Lincolnshire, joins the Greenwood Academies Trust on 1 September 2019. Since September 2018, the Leadership Team of the Trust has been working alongside the school to provide strategic support for teaching and learning.

    With Seathorne Primary Academy joining the Trust, this now takes the number of academies sponsored by the Trust to 35, with 7 academies specifically in Lincholnshire, educating over 17,000 pupils. The Academy caters for pupils from 3-11.

    From 1 September 2019, the Academy will also have a new Principal, Mrs Kris Radford, to lead the Academy.

    Kris has lived and worked in Lincolnshire for over 20 years, nearly 11 of which in recent years, she has been as Headteacher of a primary school in South Kesteven, followed by one year working with an Academy Leadership Team in Peterborough within the Trust.

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

    I am delighted that Seathorne Primary Academy has joined the Trust and really pleased to have attracted a great new Principal to lead the academy. Mrs K Radford will be an excellent leader for this new academy joining the Trust”.

    Mrs Kris Radford, Principal of Seathorne Primary Academy, said:

    I had always intended to return to Lincolnshire and I couldn’t have found a better place for that than Seathorne Primary Academy. I can see that the team have worked extremely hard this year to ensure the pupils were able to make the best of their time in school and there are already great things planned for their learning from September. The pupils themselves have been a pleasure to meet and I look forward to getting to the know them all in the coming months”.

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  • Greenwood Academies Trust celebrates A Level success

    Published 16/08/19

    Greenwood Academies Trust has celebrated A Level success across their 6 Sixth Form Academies – Kingswood Secondary Academy, Nottingham Academy, Nottingham Girls’ Academy, Stanground Academy, Weston Favell Academy and Skegness Academy.

    We are incredibly proud of the excellent results, which include:

    • Kingswood Secondary Academy, which achieved record numbers of A* and Distinction* grades.
    • Stanground Academy, which has shown strong improvements in academic qualifications.
    • Skegness Academy, where all pupils who have applied for a university place have achieved the grades necessary to do so.
    • Nottingham Girls’ Academy, which has been praised by Schools Minister, Lord Agnew, for its exceptional A Level results.
    • Weston Favell Academy, where the majority of pupils who have applied to university have achieved the grades necessary to do so - with many being accepted to Russell Group Universities.
    • Nottingham Academy, which has seen overall improvements across the Academy, with an increase in the number of pupils obtaining both traditional A Levels and vocational qualifications.

    Wayne Norrie, CEO of Greenwood Academies Trust, said:

    “I am incredibly proud of the pupils and staff across the Trust and share in their excitement for these great results. As a Trust, we are committed to providing the highest quality teaching and curriculum for our pupils, and these results demonstrate the positive impact we are making in Key Stage 5 as we have previously shown to in Key Stage 4."

    “I would also like to extend my congratulations and thanks to our pupils, parents, and staff who share in this success. I look forward to seeing our pupils thrive in their ongoing education and wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”

    Schools Minister, Lord Agnew said:

    “Congratulations to all the pupils and staff at Nottingham Girls’ Academy, and the wider team at Greenwood Academies Trust, on reaching the culmination of so much hard work. A Level results day marks the moment so many young people will make choices that can shape the rest of their lives, so whatever path they choose, every pupil at Nottingham Girls’ Academy should do so full of confidence.”

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  • SEND provision at the Nethergate Academy update

    Published 15/07/19

    Following the consultation to expand the Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) provision at the Nethergate Academy from September 2020, I write to confirm that, following the review of the consultation responses, the Greenwood Academies Trust have agreed to submit a significant change full business case to the Department for Education, which will require approval by the Secretary of State for Education.

    The consultation report is below.

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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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