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Shaw Education Trust Newsletter

December newsletter - a round up of news from around the Trust this term.

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The Trust Times





What a remarkable term we have had, one full of exceptional achievements
and incredible successes.

I continually delight in sharing the great news we are able to celebrate
across our Trust.

The sense of pride I feel comes from staff performance, pupil success and
community engagement. We are truly a family; sharing the good times and
supporting through the tough.

Time and time again I see our family giving freely and generously to
each other- whether through time, expertise, emotions or advice. This is

We have experienced four Ofsted’s this term, have covered all education
frameworks, and we’ve been extremely pleased with the outcomes. What we
have seen is the power of the collective effort; truly endorsing that indeed,
together we ARE stronger.

As we approach Christmas it is timely to reflect on the fabulous things we
have observed this year: the Global IT challenge; the sporting successes;
the talent showcases and magnificent charitable endeavours, to name just
a few. The leadership skills and team attributes again coming to the fore
across our Trust from both staff and children alike.

So please enjoy a well-deserved break over the festive period. Relax with
loved ones and furry ones; take the opportunity to refresh the batteries,
renew the energy levels and appreciate the fresh air!

With warmest wishes, and huge thanks for all that you do, all you achieve,
and all that you are.

Jo Morgan, Chief Executive Officer



Julie Yarwood and Phil Harrison

As our regions continue to grow and develop links, it has been particularly
heartening to see the sharing of good practice being increasingly forged
between our schools. We look forward to ever-growing and deepening
links, which we are sure will result in the very best for our children and
young people. We would like to wish all colleagues a very well-deserved
and restful break; without your tremendous hard work, nothing would be
possible. Together, we present a formidable force for good.


COMPETITIONS NEWS 32 First aid training for
Meadows’ students
3 Christmas Card 7 Celebrating exceptional
Competition Winner achievement 33 Great Barr’s future
5 Competition category 11 Raising aspirations in
winners Madeley COVER STORIES

FUNDRAISING 17 Westleigh: Most 15 Tottington’s kickboxing
improved in the area champion
9 Our harvest helpers
13 Macmillan coffee 27 Walton Hall’s tasty Tea 19 Global IT Challenge
Rooms finalist
morning success
29 Teacher training success



The results are in...

Our Christmas Card Competition received over 400 entries
from 20 schools and we were stunned with the amazing
talent displayed. Following the careful deliberations
of our judging panel, we are delighted to
announce the seven category winners
who have been awarded with prints of
their design and £40 in vouchers. A
massive well done to everybody
who entered!


Overall Winner:
Katie Edwards
(The Westleigh School)



Key Stage 1 Winner:
Mason Evans

(The Kidsgrove Primary School)

Key Stage 2 Winner:
Sudbury Class
(Ivy House School)

Key Stage 3 Winner:
Lilly-Anne Price
(Endon High School)


Key Stage 4 Winner:
Adam Shallcross

(The Coppice Academy)

Specialist Winner:
Anthony Tonks

(Saxon Hill Academy)

Exceptional Achievement:
Key Stage 5 Class
(Walton Hall Academy)



SHAW EDUCATION              


This term, students across the country mainstream and special academies,
were invited to the Trust’s third annual Ex- located from Birmingham to Wigan, were
ceptional Achievement Awards Ceremony treated to a grand afternoon tea together,
to celebrate the outstanding progress they providing students, staff and parents with
have made. the opportunity to meet others within the
The Trust’s Regional Director, Phil Harrison, Trust family.
opened the event saying: “Today is a To further inspire and motivate students
celebration of the progress made by to continue to achieve, the Trust provided
students during the first part of their students with a taste of university life;
secondary education. hosting the event in the grounds of Keele
“It is a testament to not only the student’s Hall at Keele University, with students
amazing efforts, but to the support they donning caps and gowns to receive a
have received from their family, teachers graduation-like certificate scroll.
and schools in making this achievement Mr Harrison concluded the event saying:
possible.” “The Trust motto, ‘we believe, you achieve’,
Staff, students and their families from encompasses the ethos instilled at our


“We truly believe in all of our pupils,
so go off and be your amazing selves.”




HARVEST FESTIVAL                    

This autumn, several of our schools helped people in their local community through
their harvest celebrations.

Kidsgrove Secondary School students collated and delivered donations to their lo-
cal food-bank, as well as to over 20 individual families in the local area.

Utilising school assemblies, form time and PSHE lessons, the school is helping
students to access a range of volunteer schemes, including in care homes, youth
groups and the Salvation Army, plus peer mentoring within school.

Head of the Stoke-based school, Karen Mitchell, said: “I am so proud of all the staff
and students involved in this project, it is truly heart-warming to see such generosity
and spirit in our community.”

Since the success of their harvest, the school have continued to display their char-
itable spirit through an Operation Christmas Child programme.

Meanwhile students at Saxon Hill Academy in Lichfield held their annual
Harvest Festival, with all proceeds being donated to their local food-bank.

As part of their celebration, students at the special school held a performance for
parents and carers,including a bread making class, Ghostbusters pumpkin dance
and an assembly about saying thank you for our food.

It was wonderful to see all of the classes taking part and showing off their learning.

Thank you to everyone who took part and for all of the generous donations. We are
so proud of the caring and thoughtful attitude displayed by our


CHILDREN IN NEED                    


Students and staff across the Trust arrived at school in fancy dress with baked
goods, succeeding in their efforts to raise money for Children in Need.

The day was promoted through a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, bis-
cuit decorating, games, face painting and even designing Pudsey an outfit - raising
over £600 for the charitable cause.

Students at Ivy House School participated in a ‘Bake Off’ challenge, with the winning
class being crowned for their delicious Pudsey-themed bakes, while students at
The Kidsgrove Secondary School climbed stairs as part of an ‘Everest Challenge’.

The day was a great success - raising a lot of money while having fun. Well done
to everyone involved!





Madeley School continues to raise aspirations Meanwhile, KS4 students were also focused
with their innovative careers programme. on ‘life after education’ during their visit to the
Through a range of trips, guest speakers and County Showground to take part in an NHS
group activities, the school team are effective- ‘step into careers’ event. Some excellent
ly broadening horizons and raising the advice was given along with lots of interactive
personal aspirations of their students. activities.
Year 10 students recently visited the Skills Continuing their fantastic careers work, a
Show at the NEC, gaining a valuable insight group of students were honoured to be
into the world of work and potential future invited to the launch of the Young Engineer of
careers, while Year 11s undertook their second The Year Awards, where they met with hosts
‘personal development day’ of the year, focus- ‘KMF’ and ‘Sent into Space’ to find out about
ing around revision techniques, the National the project the school will be taking part in
citizenship programme, careers advice and later in the year.
mental health advice. Between now and May 2020, students will be
Both events were a huge success and will involved in the development of a machine to
build students confidence in responding to venture into near space, hopefully capturing
future life choices, such as University and job some amazing photographs and information
applications. from the cold darkness of space. We look
forward to seeing the results!




Brookfields School in Widnes continues to go Furthering their mission to provide quality
above and beyond to meet the needs of learning to all children, Brookfields have
children in their area. also launched a new curriculum which is
Opening a satellite class, which is based with- bespoke to their school.
in a different school in their borough, has It has two main pathways and is designed
enabled the special school to meet the local to meet the very specific needs of their
demand for Early Years places. pupils to ensure they achieve the very
The scheme has been a great success so far best that they can through an engaging
and appears popular amongst parents/car- and exciting curriculum.
ers, providing them, as well as the school, a Related to this development, the school
fantastic opportunity to develop a collabora- have now introduced a new assessment
tive relationship with the mainstream setting system so that they can carefully track the
in which they are based. progress of every pupil.

As the school continues to enable all
children to access education, their mission
has even extended to Cape Town.

This term, two members of staff visited
Brookfields’ link school in South Africa as
part of the British Council’s connecting
classrooms project.

Sharing good practice and introducing
new strategies and resources, Brookfields
are effectively working alongside staff at
the Cape Town school to develop
communication and enhance learning.






Schools across the Trust family joined the fight against
cancer by raising well over a thousand pounds for Macmillan’s
‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ in September.

Putting their baking talents on display, students and staff invit- “We embrace the
ed their local community to attend coffee mornings in return opportunity to
for donations to their cause.
Commenting on the events, CEO Jo Morgan said: “As a Trust teach our students
we embrace the opportunity to teach our students about the about the life
life-changing work of remarkable organisations like Macmillan
Cancer Support, as well as the importance of charity, volunteer- changing work
ing and ‘giving back’.” of remarkable
In many cases the event was organised and hosted by students, organisations.”
teaching them skills in hospitality, catering and handling




money, as well as enabling students to practice their communication skills.
Pupil’s efforts really paid off with over £1600 being raised for the charity across the Trust, as
well as elevating cancer awareness amongst the students and wider community.
Mrs Morgan concluded: “We couldn’t be prouder of our pupils, staff and wider school
communities. The fantastic amount raised today is testament to the active citizenship and
collaborative leadership spirit we actively promote across our network of schools. Well done
to everyone involved - you are truly amazing!”






A Year 8 student from Tottington High School has won Gold in
his debut at the Kickboxing World Championships.
Harvey Knowles attended the ICO World Championships in
Scotland and wowed crowds with his speed, style and
The young kickboxing star won Gold in three different sections
– two in his own age group and one in the year above. He was
then selected for the team event where he also won Gold.
School Principal Brian Duffy commented: “The whole school,
along with Harvey’s family, are immensely proud of Harvey
and his achievements and we look forward to sharing many
more of his successes over the coming years.”
Harvey started kickboxing when he was just 4 years old at a
local club and started competing in the novice sections a year
later. He then started competing in higher level competitions
when he was eight and has won several British and European
Last year, Harvey was honoured to represent England and won
his first world title in October this year—becoming World
Kickboxing Champion.
Well done Harvey, we are so proud of your hard work,
determination and passion. We can’t wait to see what the
future holds for you!


“We look forward to sharing many
more of Harvey’s successes over

the coming years”





Progress of students at The Westleigh improvements continue to grow.”
School continues to go from strength to Last academic year, the school saw an in-
strength as they build on the success seen crease in the number of students obtaining
in this summers results. qualifications in English and Maths, as well
Last academic year, students at the Leigh- as an increase in the progress of both high
based school showed the most progress attaining and disadvantaged students, for
across the local authority’s secondary the second year running.
schools. Now with the new school year well under-
Principal Carlton Bramwell commented: way, aspirations remain high as students
“We are so proud of the achievements of continue to excel in a variety of subject
all our students. The progress made since areas, including drama, computer science,
joining Shaw Education Trust has been ICT, dance, health and social care, and
outstanding and we can’t wait to see how graphics and craft.


Despite the improvements seen in science, and can’t wait for future successes.”
humanities and languages, they still form Always looking for innovative ways to en-
a significant area for improvement for the hance to the curriculum, Westleigh now
forthcoming year as the school continues also offers a vocational pathway in Hair and
to ensure pupils leave having studied a var- Beauty having formed an exciting partner-
ied and rigorous curriculum. ship with Dollybirds.
Mr Bramwell explained: “Like last year, Mr Bramwell concluded: “We have had an
focus remains on stability and consistency exciting term so far, with guest speakers,
in driving outcomes across science, events and great progress being made. It’s
humanities and languages. We have an exciting year ahead, full of potential.”
already evidenced the positive impact

“Focus remains on stability and
consistency in driving outcomes
across science, humanities and






Staffordshire was well represented at the Global IT Challenge with a student from Walton
Hall Academy competing in the final.
Jess Willets, a 15-year-old student at the Eccleshall-based special school, attended the
international event designed to reduce the ‘digital disability divide’ and create a truly inclu-
sive world.
Following her success in the UK IT Challenge earlier in the year, Jess went on to join three
other UK representative at the international challenge held in South Korea in November.
While competing in the international competition, Jess’ team won two gold medals and
100 US dollars each for their amazing triumphs, but the real prize was the life changing
experience they received.
Amy Cameron, who accompanied Jess on the trip, commented: “It was an amazing oppor-
tunity – the forging of international friendships and immersion in South Korean culture -
educational opportunities don’t get much better than this!”
The school had a student compete last year and their further achievements this year stand


Jess and Amy on the “Educational
trip (pictured centre) opportunities

don’t get
much better
than this!”



as testament to the IT provision on offer at the school.
Miss Cameron, who is a teacher at the Academy, said: “The IT Challenge has been life
changing for the delegates and it was an honour to be a part of the experience.
“Seeing Jess travel to the other side of the world away from everything familiar and having
to step out of her comfort zone was a privilege as she bravely dealt with all the obstacles
along the way.”
In between their technology-based challenges, participants were able to soak up South
Korea’s amazing culture, providing students like Jess with a once in a lifetime opportunity
to explore Busan and learn about the country’s culture.
Miss Cameron continued: “It was great to see her and the rest of the team experience new
foods, meeting people from all around the world and competing together to such a high
standard that they were able to achieve bronze in one of the team events.”
The IT Challenge has once again inspired youngsters across the country, encouraging stu-
dents to develop their digital skills and improve their work prospects.



CHRISTMAS APPEAL                    




Students at Tottington High School have surpassed expectations with their generosity.

After the launch of the school’s annual Reverse Advent Calendar appeal, students from
Years 7 to 11 gave generously to the charity appeal in aid of homeless people across

Delighted form tutors were inundated with donations, which ranged from practical items
such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shower gel and deodorants, to tasty treats like biscuits
and chocolate.

The marvellous array of much needed items will be distributed to the service users at
Time 4 Change in Bury. The organization, which hosts a breakfast club has seen a 33%
raise in the number of people in need of its service over the past 12 months. Those who
access the service are provided with a nutritious meal and a hot drink.

Thanks to Tottington High’s students, encouraging teachers and amazingly supportive
parents, the service users will also have some Christmas treats to enjoy as well as essen-
tial items to take away.

We are so proud of the students and extremely grateful for all of the parental support
received in this endeavour.


SCHOOL PTA            


On Friday 6th December, St Andrew’s Academy in Derby held their Christmas Fayre

All students throughout the school took part, in either running the stalls or helping to
provide the items to be purchased prior to the fayre.

This year the school were raising money towards new PE equipment and, with a
massive turnout from families and friends, they raised a massive £514.53!

Visitors to the fayre were greeted by different students singing Christmas songs and
carols before they moved around the array of stalls, including the school’s very own
Santa’s Grotto Christmas Café.

We are very grateful for the amazing support the school received and are very proud of
our students for their excellent behaviour.








The Student Council at Students at Saxon Hill Academy in
Brookfields Special School in Lichfield took a stand against bullies
Widnes have been working with by showing their support for the Anti-
Halton Health Improvement Bullying Alliance.
Team and are running a whole
school project on Healthy Eating. On Tuesday 12th November, students
took part in the Alliance’s ’Odd Socks
At their recent planning meeting Day’ with the aim of highlighting that
they made some fantastic everybody is different.
posters to put up in school to
remind everyone to make healthy As a Trust, we continuously encourage
choices. our students to express themselves,
celebrate individuality and recognise
Students also had a visit from what makes us all unique.
the local fire brigade, learning
about local services and the Everyone looked great in their odd
people who help their community. socks and the event helped raise
awareness of the work of the Anti-
Much to the delight of Bullying Alliance - a great success!
students, the whole school had
the chance to go out and meet
the crew and sit in the fire engine.

With plenty of Christmas related
activities planned, including a
performance of Jack and the
Beanstalk’, we hope all Brookfields’
students are enjoying the school’s
great enrichment opportunities.




This term the Coppice Academy had extensive building work
to further improve their facilities.

As well as new science, music, ICT, PE and DT rooms, the school
also had new bathroom facilities installed. This got classes
talking about how lucky they are and the sanitation conditions
in less fortunate schools and villages.

The school teamed up with Toilet Twinning, a charity aimed at
improving sanitation across the world, and set about raising
money through non-uniform days, cake sales, sports events
and donation pots.

Adding to their fundraising success, students also produced a
“Toilet Humour Joke Book” which was available to purchase,
proving to be a great hit with all ages.

But it wasn’t all fun and jokes, teachers used the opportunity
to teach students about the importance of sanitation, having a
safe place to go to the toilet and childhood diseases.

At the end of ‘Toilet Week’, the school had raised enough
money to twin three toilets in Malawi, The Ivory Coast and the
Democratic Republic of Congo.

Their funds will help to train families to build toilets, maintain
existing facilities and educate children about good hygiene.
Fantastic fundraising Coppice – keep up the good work!






WALTON HALL                 


A Staffordshire special school has set up Everything from furniture and baking tins,
their own Tea Rooms enterprise to provide to tea cups and tablecloths, has either
students with ongoing work experience. been donated to the school or purchased
Walton Hall Academy in Eccleshall used at local charity outlets, providing the Tea
funds raised by disability charity Shaw Trust Rooms with a unique boutique style.
to establish an industry-based learning Mrs Cameron continued: “We wanted
environment which will be run by students. the space to accentuate the school’s
Principal of the academy, Amanda Cameron, distinguished building and provide a
explained:“It is vital that students are given professional industry environment for the
the opportunity to develop their students.
employability skills and gain work “The support we have seen has been
experience, so our new Tea Rooms will play outstanding and we are so grateful – we
an important role in providing this. can’t wait to open our doors to the wider
“We wanted our dedicated volunteers to public in the near future.”
be the first to experience our Tea Rooms With the Peacock-themed Tea Rooms
and once all feedback has been reviewed hosting countless potential, we are excited
we will discuss future events and guests.” to see what the forthcoming months brings
ShawTrust, which sponsors Shaw Education at the school.
Trust, raised funds for the project as part of
their annual London Marathon
challenge. Last year, 31 runners on behalf
of Shaw Trust raised over £40,000 for school

Converting an old room into aVictorian café
area, students will be able to develop their
cooking, hospitality and cash handling
skills, as well as grow their confidence and
experience in the world of work.


“It is vital
that students
are given the
opportunity to
develop their






Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education (KNSTE) have had a busy term
introducing their trainee teachers to the programme. We caught up with one of their
trainees to hear how the course has been progressing...

“We are now one term into the course and the amount of knowledge that we have
gained so far is more than we thought was possible.

The course promotes an ethos of deepening understanding. Elements are initially
introduced to us, so that they can be more fully understood later.

We have begun to appreciate the phrase ‘it depends’. Initially when we faced a di-
lemma in teaching, we wanted an answer that offered us an unequivocal solution.
To be told, ‘well the decision depends on the context’ at first appeared to us to be a
little unsatisfactory.

We now appreciate that the course offers us engagement with a variety of per-
spectives, so that we can begin to develop our own teacher identities - informed
by knowledge and rigour, but also based on sensitivity and an appreciation of the
significance of the schools and settings that we are placed in.

The course is enabling us to draw out the teacher that has until now, been hidden
within us, we are slowly but surely, discovering that teacher identity.”

We look forward to hearing how our teachers in training further develop! Learn more
about KNSTE and courses on offer at:





30 Unsworth Academy students enjoyed some
fun in the sun this term as they headed to
Barcelona for a first-hand experience of Spanish

As well as experiencing the sight and sounds of
a true cosmopolitan city, the students also
enjoyed the aquarium, the magnificent views
from Parc Montjuïc, the underground, the beach
and even some tapas.

After four days of fun packed activities, including
learning to flamenco dance, students returned to
Bury to share their experience with classmates.







Year 5 and 6 pupils at Meadows Primary
School recently participated in a very
interactive first aid training session as part of
their revised PSHE curriculum.

The purpose of the session was to provide
pupils with the basic principles of first aid so
that they can feel confident about helping
someone who is hurt, upset or poorly.

Throughout the session, the importance of
getting the right help for people was
reinforced. Pupils were reminded to stay
calm, particularly when speaking to the
ambulance service, and to pass on as much
information as they could.

Pupils learnt how to deal with nose bleeds,
what to do if someone is lying on the floor,
what to do if someone is not breathing, how
to help someone choking and what to do if
someone gets burnt.

By the end of the session, the pupils felt
confident about dealing with first aid and
they were encouraged to share their knowl-
edge with their families and friend so that this
would benefit the whole community. What a
great way for our pupils to make a positive
contribution to our school and local




Students at The Westleigh School have been visiting a local
residential home in the area to work with residents living
with Dementia.

Year 9 students have shown a remarkable aptitude for this
and have engaged with residents positively and with
empathy, taking part in a range of activities designed to
promote good mental health and the impact of this is clear
to see.

Students have been linking with English and PHSE through
activities such as poetry reading, board games, music and
general discussion with residents.

The residents look forward to the student’s visits and it is
not only having a positive impact on their health, but these
students are gaining vital skills and changing lives at the
same time.

This is not the first time Westleigh students have displayed
a strong sense of community spirit. Earlier in the term, the
whole school came together for their annual Armistice
Remembrance event.

This year emphasised a local link with students learning
about 30 Leigh men who went off to war. Students created
a Remembrance display which has an individually signed
poppy for every pupil and member of staff.

The installation will grow each year as new students and
staff join us. What a lovely way to honour the community!



GREAT BARR                    


Great Barr Academy has been inspiring future architects with their involvement in the
Smithfield Market Regeneration Project .

This is the largest regeneration project in Birmingham and aims to replace the existing
market area in the city, plus provide a large social space with a number of new buildings.

Seven year 8 students entered the competition to redesign the market area, building a
large 3D model and compiling a report on how they would design the new area.

This work was then professionally printed to be exhibited at the Council House in Bir-

The students and staff members involved were invited to attend the finalist ceremony at
Birmingham Council House on 9th December.

Much to the delight of staff members, the young architects came runners up, beating a
large number of entrants with their innovative design.

Well done - we can’t wait to see how your design skills progress.




Wolstanton High School students have been rewarded for their good behaviour.

In October, a group of 150 students across all year groups were treated to a trip to Alton
towers for their exceptional attendance, including Ozzy the attendance Owl (pictured).

Continuing to promote good behaviour, over 200 students have also been rewarded
with a film afternoon, complete with cinema-style refreshments as an extra treat.

Throughout the year, students with 100% attendance are awarded with a celebratory
postcard every two weeks. At the end of the term, students with 100% attendance will
receive their Bronze Attendance Rewards, followed by Silver and Gold postcards for
continued outstanding attendance across the Spring and Summer terms. Keep up the
good work!



The Stoke-on-Trent Research School team have enjoyed working with almost 200
teachers and senior leaders over the course of the Autumn Term.

Engagement has taken place at ‘communication’ events, where delegates engage with a
range of educational research and evidence and also at school-based professional
development sessions (including contributions to the NPQH/NPQSL programmes which
are led by Blackfriars Teaching School).

The Research School is offering a range of extended programmes (three-day professional
learning courses) which take place in the New Year. To find out more, visit:



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