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Successful schools have an unrelenting focus on every child and their individual progress and attainment. Everything they do is focussed on enhancing the learning and teaching of their pupils. Without this child centric focus schools can not deliver the best education for their children. Our All-Through approach is a child-centric approach. We created it because it is what we know is required to maximise educational excellence. We are very proud to have a growing number of schools working together in close cross-phase collaboration to provide an outstanding All-Through education for pupils aged 4 to 18 years. If you are interested in understanding our approach better, you can read more about how the Trust works.

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.

Any child in Year 4 who is not already in our system can choose to move into the All-Through Trust. Indeed, parents with children of all ages are very welcome to attend one of our open events and/or to have an individual tour and to discuss their children's futures. Click on the links below to access the individual schools' websites.

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The Trust schools are also involved in the West Suffolk All-Through Teaching School Alliance – a growing cross phase alliance led by Barrow Primary school. Visit our Teaching School Alliance web site to find out more.

Trust events

Cricket programmeCricket programme

In a new development for our Trust, this month has seen
weekly sessions for pupils in our schools and South Lee.
Coached by Mr Bishop, our cricket teacher and Suffolk
captain, Bobby Flack, Suffolk coach and Tom Huggins
from the Bury team amongst others, thirty boys and girls
have enjoyed elite input on all aspects of the game at The
Victory Ground. All have been complimented on their
attitude and skill. Well done!

Sport festivalsSport festivals

As the culmination of all the weekly activity there
have been four festivals. For years three and four, a
total of fifty-four pupils from Barrow and Tollgate have
enjoyed mini-tennis and rounders festivals. Forty-five
pupils from years five and six at Howard, Horringer
Court and Westley competed superbly in a Kwik
Cricket Festival while thirty of their fellow pupils from
years seven and eight also enjoyed taking part in Kwik
Cricket. At all these events, our sports leaders did an
excellent job as did the younger leaders from the middle
phase who helped with the tennis and rounders.
Well done to them.

The Academy Trust Netball FestivalThe Academy Trust Netball Festival

This month saw all the weekly sessions continue across the Trust schools. One of the sports given a particular focus this half term was netball culminating in a festival here at the end of January. Well done to all the pupils who participated from Horringer Court and Westley and thank you to the County Upper sports leaders who did an excellent job of running this event.

Participants included: Suzannah Brawn, Chloe Cuningham, Alba deSaenz Villaverde, Rosie Hudson, Ella Jackson, Lydia Miranda, Chloe Mitchell, Charlotte Orriss, Mikayela Sealby, Deanna Stephenson, Chloe White, Chloe Smith, Maddie Albon, Megan Clutterham, Isabel Whiting, Ellie Silverwood, Stephanie Greening, Anna Carnegie, Megan Stabler, Mia Barker, Chloe Ashman, Deanna Hollings, Katie Lloyd, Antonia Stephenson, Amy Silverwood, Amber Cornish, Becca Taylor, Ella Chaplin and Zara Brooks.

Trust News

Multi-skills sports festival develops leadershipMulti-skills sports festival develops leadership

Pupils from the Trust showcased their sports talents during a multi-skills festival to culminate a year of collaboration. Fifty leaders in Year 10 ran the event at the County Campus with pupils from across the all-through trust choosing their sport.

The Trust has used the Government’s sports funding towards specialist coaches, an all-age extra curricular programme and twice weekly specialist teaching for primary pupils. Each month’s teaching has focused on different sports and ended with festivals in those areas. It also enabled sports leaders to develop their skills.

Headteacher Vicky Neale said: “It was a great success and both leaders and participants were excellent.”

See Bury Free Press article

Tollgate joins the All-Through TrustTollgate joins the All-Through Trust

Tollgate Primary converted to Academy status on 1 July 2014 following approval from the Department of Education and joins our All-Through Trust.

In a letter to the school’s governing body confirming the new funding arrangements, Education Secretary Michael Gove said: “Tollgate School will now have the opportunity to benefit from the freedoms and flexibilities of academy status, to share best practice and work with others to bring about sustained improvements to all schools in the area.”

As a result the school will maintain its current four to nine age range, will not be part of Suffolk County Council’s move to two tier education in Bury and is no longer in special measures.

John George, chairman of governors at Tollgate, said: “The support we’ve received from the All-Through Trust has really made a difference. We are all 100 per cent confident that this is the way to secure a brighter future for all the school.”

The school community marked the conversion day with a big picnic lunch and a balloon release which coincided with its annual sports day. Guest of honour was Suffolk sporting star Louise Jukes, an international handball player who represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.

Read Bury Free Press article

Science Learning PartnershipScience Learning Partnership

We were delighted when County was appointed to lead on science education across Norfolk and Suffolk when we were selected as the Science Learning Partnership for the two counties. Sixty schools were selected across the country and the Department for Education has just completed a formal evaluation of how well each has done in its first year. We were delighted that County has been selected as the top performing in England and Wales.

As a result, Mrs Payne, was the guest speaker at the National Conference in York and impressed, amongst others, the Schools’ Minister, Elizabeth Truss. Well done to Mrs Payne and all our staff in the all-through Trust who have worked so hard for pupils across our region.


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