Thistley Hough Head Teacher Personal Statement

Abbeyfield is a large mixed comprehensive in south Northampton with a Performing Arts specialism. Governors were attracted to the Trust’s combination of educational rigour and curricular innovation. The new academy opened in October 2012. Principal Claire Morrell and Chair of Governors Peter Walls are working closely with our education and finance teams to ensure that the academy has a bright future, and Abbeyfield teachers are adopting the Design Programme enthusiastically.

In its first year in the Trust, Abbeyfield achieved a 17% improvement in the proportion of students achieving 5A*-C including English and Maths to 58%.

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Ash Green School in Coventry converted as the third Creative Education Trust Academy in January 2012. Prior to this, the school had moved from special measures to become one of the fastest improving schools in England.

Ash Green is a specialist arts college, and Governors saw the Creative Education Trust as a natural partner to work with them to take the school to even higher levels of excellence as an academy. Under the guidance of the Trust and in response to local demand Ash Green has successfully added a sixth form, the excellence of which has been recognised by Ofsted in its first year of operation.

In 2016 the Department for Education placed Ash Green School in the top 16% of schools in England and their Progress 8 score of +0.38 also places them in the top 5 highest performing schools in Coventry and Warwickshire. Ash Green School is lead by Principal Harry French.

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Caister Academy is a smaller-than-average 11 to 16 secondary school at the heart of the coastal village of Caister-on-Sea, just north of the seaside town of Great Yarmouth. Some students attend from the northern part of the town and the school also serves surrounding villages.

Led by Michelle Strong and her team, Caister Academy offers a very broad curriculum to meet the needs of each individual child in a strongly supportive environment where every child is known and can be confident that their welfare and achievement are paramount.

Caister Academy is consulting on changes to their Admissions Arrangements for 2018/19. Please click here for further details.

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Harpfield Primary Academy in Stoke-on-Trent was the first primary school to join the Trust as a sponsored academy on 1 May 2013. Working with Headteacher Richard Woollacott and the Leadership team at Harpfield represents an exciting opportunity to develop our curriculum of practical creativity for the primary phase of education and to build on the rapid improvements in outcomes for children that Harpfield has recently enjoyed. In its first year in the Trust, Harpfield achieved a 7% rise in the proportion of students achieving at least level 4 in both English and Maths in their KS2 SATS to 86%.

In addition to supporting the continued success of Harpfield, the Trust will also be helping to strengthen the ties with nearby Thistley Hough Academy.

Harpfield Primary Academy is consulting on changes to their Admissions Arrangements for 2018/19. Please click here for further details.

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The Hart School, formed by the merger of Fair Oak and Hagley Park Academies in Rugeley, opened its doors in September 2016 to start life as an ambitious single school lead by Principal Chris Keen.

Sharing staff and resources offers enhanced academic and extra-curricular opportunities to its students and has already led the schools to achieve results which place them in the top three for all Staffordshire secondary schools. Equally impressive is that half of Hart School sixth form students now go on to study at prestigious Russell Group universities.

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Lynn Grove Academy is a large, nine-form entry secondary school of approximately 1100 students aged 11 to 16. It is located in the coastal community of Gorleston-on-Sea, just to the south of Great Yarmouth, and also serves the wider surrounding area. The school is led by Principal Alison Mobbs and her team. Its impressive facilities include a well-equipped sports centre and outdoor tennis courts.

The school’s motto, Fidelitas in Parvis (Taking care of the little things), is borne out by the school’s pride in ensuring the welfare and progress of every child.

Lynn Grove Academy is consulting on changes to their Admissions Arrangements for 2018/19. Please click here for further details.

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Queen Eleanor Primary Academy in Northampton joined the Trust in September 2013. It is a small primary with a high percentage of pupils from minority ethnic groups for whom English is an additional language. Queen Eleanor is one of the Abbeyfield cluster primary schools and both leadership teams are planning to work even more closely together within the Trust.

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Becoming a Creative Education Trust school in 2013, Thistley Hough is in the Potteries where the mass production firms of old are being replaced by smaller, export-led, high-end ceramics firms that require modern creative skills.

Although Thistley Hough went into Special Measures in summer 2012, its future looks bright. Thistley Hough has now been ranked among the best in England for their GCSE results according to the government’s new Progress 8 scoring system. The new Government measure, which was introduced this year, aims to measure how pupils progress from year seven through to their GCSE results and a score of +0.25 has placed Thistley Hough within the top 25 per cent nationally.

Thistley Hough Academy is consulting on changes to their Admissions Arrangements for 2018/19. Please click here for further details.

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Three Peaks joined the Trust on 1 December 2014 as the third primary school in the network. It is a much larger than average-sized primary school formed in 2009 by the amalgamation of an infant and junior school on the same site. The school serves the communities of Wilnecote and Stoneydelph and has continued to grow over the past three years. Under the leadership of Headteacher Richard Penn-Bourton and Chair of Governors Simon Phipps, Three Peaks is now rated good by Ofsted. By joining the Trust the school will accelerate its progress.

 

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Weavers is a large mixed comprehensive in Wellingborough which joined the Trust in September 2013. Governors selected CEAT as their preferred academy sponsor because they wanted to work with an organisation that brought challenge, rigour and professionalism to educational improvement, but which also offered access for students to culture, knowledge, skills and innovation relevant to the world they would go into as adults. During the conversion process, Principal Chris Blanch and his team were being advised regularly by one of the Trust’s education team who is an NLE (National Leader of Education). Weavers achieved a 12% rise in its 5A*-C including English and Maths in 2013.

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Woodlands Primary is a large two-form entry school for children of primary age in the village of Bradwell, just to the south of Great Yarmouth. It serves the growing local community and surrounding villages and, as befits its name, occupies a beautiful rural setting surrounded by forest. Led by Headteacher Sheila Mercer and her team, the school also offers the community a nursery for children who will enter Reception at the age of five.

Woodlands works closely with Lynn Grove Academy, which is the secondary school of choice for the majority of Woodlands’ pupils.

Woodlands Primary Academy is consulting on changes to their Admissions Arrangements for 2019/20. Please click here for further details.

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Wroughton Infant School in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth joined the Trust on 1 December 2016. It is a three form entry school which shares its site with Wroughton Junior School. It serves a widespread urban area, but most children come from local housing and few speak English as an additional language. Dr Craig Avieson has been appointed to the role of Executive Headteacher of both the infant and junior schools and works closely with the headteachers of the other CET schools in the area: Woodlands Primary School and Lynn Grove Academy which form the remainder of the Great Yarmouth cluster.

Wroughton Junior School in Great Yarmouth joined the Trust as a sponsored academy on 1 December 2016. It is a three form entry junior school which shares its site with Wroughton Infant School. It serves a widespread urban area, but most children come from local housing. Few speak English as an additional language.

The school was judged by Ofsted to require special measures shortly prior to joining CET and it is already making good progress on a rapid improvement journey. Dr Craig Avieson has been appointed to the role of Executive Headteacher of both the junior and infant schools and works closely with the headteachers of the other CET schools in the area: Woodlands Primary School and Lynn Grove Academy which form the remainder of the Great Yarmouth cluster.

Admissions

Q. How do I apply for a place in Year 7 at Thistley Hough Academy for my child who is currently in Year 6 at Primary School? A. Application forms can be filled out on-line at the Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority website www.stoke.gov.uk and must be submitted no later than the 31st October in the year prior to your child starting at secondary school. Applications cannot be made directly to the Academy. E-mails from the Local Authority should be received by Parents/Carers on the 1st March the following year confirming which school your child has been allocated. You can contact the Admissions Team on admissions@stoke.gov.uk or 01782 234598 should you require any further advice or assistance. If you pay your Council tax to Newcastle Borough Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council or Stafford Borough Council, please apply via www.staffordshire.gov.uk

Q. How do I apply for my child to transfer (mid-year) to Thistley Hough Academy? A. Parents/Carers should visit Thistley Hough Academy in person and request an application form from the Main Office. Should a place be offered to your child admissions arrangements will be made with you. If there is no space available in the relevant year group you will be placed onto a waiting list, and you will also be offered the Right of Appeal.

Q. What is Thistley Hough Academy’s oversubscription criteria? A. Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, Thistley Hough Academy will first accept all students with a statement of special educational needs where Thistley Hough Academy is named on the statement. After the admission of students with statements of special educational needs, the criteria below will be applied for the remaining places for this age group in the order in which they are set out:

  • Children who are in the care of a Local Authority (looked-after children) or provided with accommodation by them (section 22 of the Children Act 1989) and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
  • Siblings of students attending Thistley Hough Academy at the time of entry.
  •  Children who live nearest to Thistley Hough Academy by straight-line distance.

 

 

 

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