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All Through Schooling in Bury St Edmunds

This is a time of great change in education nationally. While other schools locally prepare to move to a two-tier system, our schools have already reorganised into the forward looking All-Through system. As a result, all the schools in our Trust are able to focus solely on our core mission of helping every pupil to reach his or her potential by providing a seamless education from 4-19. If you are interested in understanding our approach better, you can read more about how the Trust works. To visit a Trust school web site click on the links at the top of the page.

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Art & Design - All-ThroughArt & Design - All-Through

A celebration of art and design work by students from every campus of the All-Through Trust is on display in The Apex between the 29th September and 1st November 2015.

PTAs Unite to Fund a Trust MinibusPTAs Unite to Fund a Trust Minibus

The Parent–Teacher Associations (PTAs) from each campus of the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust – that’s Barrow, Tollgate, Horringer Court, Westley, Howard and County - are uniting to support the funding of a Trust minibus that can be used by every campus and so potentially benefit every child. Whether it’s a Trust trip to Lackford Lakes to look at newts and frogs, team transport for Trust sports events or a late bus home for students staying late for after-school activities, the potential benefits to the children are many and varied. Our first Spring Grand Draw will take place after Easter, and tickets will be sent home to students on 14 April.

We are actively seeking donors of prizes for our first All-Through Trust Grand Draw, which will take place after Easter. If you can help us, please contact

Space DaySpace Day

Pupils at Barrow Primary School took part in an Academy Science day funded by the Trust's Rolls Royce Science Prize finalist's grant, learning about the science behind rockets and the origins of craters.

The activities, organised and presented by Nadine Payne and Colin Hanfrey from County Upper, gave Year Three and Four pupils the opportunity to try out their scientific investigation skills.

Year Three teacher and science coordinator David Barrett said: "The children really loved it and lots of them were asking when we were going to do more. We had two sessions, one where they were looking at rockets and one where they were looking at craters."

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Science teaching in the TrustScience teaching in the Trust

Nadine Payne, a Science teacher at County Upper, runs one of the most successful Science Learning Partnerships in the Country. This led to some of the Trust campuses being asked to contribute to a video on the Impact of Professional Development. Every campus in the trust, from primary through middle to the upper phase, benefits from this partnership by having access to high quality professional development.
A team from the National Science Learning Centre came to Tollgate Primary and County Upper in the summer term. They interviewed staff and students of both schools. They also filmed Tollgate's Science Club, as well as some lessons at County Upper School. Lots of this footage is shown in this video.
The children all-through the Trust, benefit greatly from having science teaching of such a high standard that it is recognised at the national level.

Exciting New Development for Education in BuryExciting New Development for Education in Bury

Following a bid to the Department for Education (DfE), the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust is delighted to announce that we have progressed to the ‘pre-opening stage’ for a new Technical Academy in Bury St Edmunds.

The Trust has long advocated the need for fresh approaches to different routes in education, all with equal parity. Through the Technical Academy, the Trust will seek to create one such route by embedding teaching within a vocational context, developing the skills young people need for the modern workplace. Within a broad curriculum, the focus of the academy will be on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects which are the key to the success of the UK economy. Our bid has been supported by many local and national companies including ARM, Bosch, British Sugar, Claas UK, Marshall’s, Microsoft, Rolls Royce, Treatts, UK Power Networks and Vitec as well as the University of East Anglia and the Suffolk business partnership.

All students will be members of our All-Through Trust with access to its extra-curricular opportunities. At age 13, students will be able to opt for either the STEM academy or County Upper with the flexibility to move at 14 or 16.

We now have a short period to develop our plans further, particularly with regard to the site and physical resources required for the new Technical Academy. During this period the Trust will be working closely with the DfE, our industrial supporters and other stakeholders, particularly parents and the local authority, to ensure that we realise this very exciting new initiative to provide an outstanding option for Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk.

Red Nose DanceathonRed Nose Danceathon

More than 500 pupils from across the Trust wore red noses and danced together to raise cash. The danceathon took place at the Trust's Horringer Court campus and involved pupils from across the All-Through Trust.

The dance was devised by Horringer Court pupil Chloe Smith, who is in Year Eight, and was performed to music with 'red' in the title. Susie Fowler-Watt from Look East was also at the event and it was featured on the BBC News bulletin on Red Nose day. Over £340 was raised for the Red Nose charity.


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