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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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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."

East Anglian Daily Times report

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The Green Light TrustThe Green Light Trust

Autumn 2014 saw the culmination of the first stage of the Trust’s partnership with The Green Light Trust to support our all-through science curriculum using Frithy Wood in Lawshall.

Our two year partnership was marked with a full page celebratory article in the local press and a special day for forty-four year six scientists across our middle phase supported by Science Captains from County Upper’s sixth form. The pupils carried out a number of tasks related to plant surveying, food webs and tree coppicing. Each was given a special wooden disc as a memento.

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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.

Teaching boss hails Trust schoolsTeaching boss hails Trust schools

The man responsible for teacher training across the country visited the Trust on 6 March and described us as a "beacon of good practice".

Charlie Taylor, the chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), visited our County Upper and Barrow Campuses. NCTL is an agency sponsored by the Department of Education, created in 2013 and oversees the training of teachers in the UK.

County Upper headteacher Vicky Neale explained the visit came out of blue after they received an email last week: "He said he was very impressed. After speaking with our head students they convinced him that if he lived in the area, this is the school he would send his children to. He toured the whole school with me and said the atmosphere was productive but not tense. It was a very positive visit and the fact that he chose us to visit on his day in Suffolk, and no where else, is an honour."

Helen Ashe, the headteacher at Barrow Primary, said: "He was very positive about what he saw here and I think he went away impressed with the way our schools work together. He described both of the schools as a beacon of good practice in East Anglia."

Trust declared World ClassTrust declared World Class

The Trust has become one of only eight organisations in the country to have been recognised with a World Class Schools Quality Mark.

Headteacher of County Upper, Vicky Neale, said the trust was thrilled to have been given the award. She added: "The mark recognised that we are never complacent, always aspiring to do the very best we can for all the young people in our care and that this is reflected in the excellent standards we achieve.

"As part of a stringent assessment process, World Class Schools’ assessors spent a lot of time with our students and found them to be inspirational. Our country’s education system is often subject to international comparisons and we are so pleased that our Trust is now officially classed as one of the very best in the world."

"Our All-Through Trust is thrilled to be one of just eight inaugural recipients of the World Class Schools Quality Mark, recognising as it does our forward-looking approach and the truly impressive all-round education it is providing for young people aged from four to 18."

Miranda Perry, co-director of the awards body, said the trust was a "truly collaborative" organisation, which is "uniquely effective" in improving the life chances of young people. She added: "They join an elite group of only eight UK schools to have successfully attained world class status and we look forward to working with them to share their expertise in schools and colleges internationally."

East Anglian Daily Times

Bury Free Press


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