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May 2019

  • 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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