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Jun. 10, 2022

Ashley Primary School to join WISE

WISE Academies are pleased to announce that we are expecting another school to become part of our growing family of schools this September. Ashley Primary, based in South Shields, will be the 13th school in our MAT, and will join our South of Tyne hub of schools. We’re excited to begin working with the headteacher, Mrs Todd, the staff, pupils and their families and the local community.  In February this year we reached an agreement with DfE to sponsor the school. Work is ongoing to get the school ready to formally become part of the Trust in the new academic year, from when it will be known as Ashley Academy. Leaders and staff at the school and the Trust are excited to work together: the school has many strengths and is highly regarded by families in the local community. The Trust is confident that by working alongside our other schools and wider team we can build on its strengths and secure further improvements. The school have also worked with a design team to refresh their school logo – their new logo is revealed below for the first time!  We’ve already started lots of work in preparation for the school joining us.…
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May. 24, 2022

Morpeth Road Outstanding Ofsted

Morpeth Road Academy is proud to confirm that following our recent Ofsted inspection, it was awarded the highest rating (‘Outstanding’) for the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, as well as, its early years’ provision.  In the report, Ofsted inspectors said: “Pupils thrive with the high level of support given in this school where everyone is made to feel welcome”.  Inspectors added: “Pupils blossom in their learning at this friendly school. Staff strive relentlessly to find ways to improve pupils’ lives, including through the delivery of the very carefully planned curriculum”  Ofsted also said the behaviour of the children was “excellent” and the youngsters were “courteous and polite”. “Bullying is very rare and is dealt with effectively if it happens.”  School leaders and staff were applauded in the report, which confirmed: “Leaders know the school and the needs of the community exceptionally well. They provide all pupils with a high-quality education by making sure that teachers are subject experts.”   All credit must be given to the leaders, governors, staff and parents who have worked together to ensure that the pupils of Morpeth Road Academy are receiving a first-class education. With the support of the Academy…
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May. 23, 2022

WISE Receives Recognition

At a discussion in the House of Commons this week, it was suggested that children in the North of England growing up in poorer families emerge from schools with substantially lower levels of academic attainment.  However, we are proud to say that amongst some other regional Trusts, WISE Academies has since been acknowledged by Leora Cruddas (CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts) as one of the regions ‘brilliant…great, larger Trusts’ with a track record in turning around schools that have for some time fallen short of high quality educational provision.  The article prepared by Ms Cruddas acknowledged that ‘the issue that now faces the government, organisations like the Northern Powerhouse and indeed us all, is to address and resolve disadvantage and poverty – and the stark regional differences in these.’  However, we are overjoyed to receive recognition by Ms Cruddas for the work we have already and will continue to do to ensure that every child across the Trust  receives a high quality education irrespective of background.   We are proud of our education leaders and teachers who do an outstanding job and consistently rise to the challenge. Please read the article here…
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Nov. 26, 2021

Prudhoe West Academy receives a positive inspection outcome!

Prudhoe West Academy received a Section 8 inspected by Ofsted in November 2021. The school was praised for its work in many areas and the overall outcome was that it remained a good school. Some of the most pleasing comments in the report were: It is obvious pupils are proud of their school and love being there. Expectations of pupils are high. Pupils speak with maturity about the importance of good mental health and how to stay safe. Leaders have worked hard to design and plan a curriculum that builds knowledge sequentially. Reading is a key priority for leaders. This is a school passionate to see the best for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Pupils access a myriad of opportunities to broaden their personal development. The staff, without exception, are extremely positive about working in school. The school is meticulous in its attention to detail in keeping children safe.…
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Oct. 14, 2021

Haltwhistle Refurbisment

Pupils have been welcomed back to a brand new, state-of-the-art building at Haltwhistle Primary Academy following the summer break.  Doors have opened on the £3.5m school project in Haltwhistle which has seen the former middle school undergo a major refurbishment to create a new primary school, new space for community activities and the Children’s Centre.   Susie Drake, Headteacher, said: “It was so lovely to see the excitement on our children’s faces when they arrived through the doors on their first day back. The large classroom windows which overlook Northumberland’s beautiful landscape have created stunning light and bright teaching spaces which are equipped with the newest teaching technology. Specialist spaces, such as a large art and design studio, and extensive grounds provide incredible opportunities for our children and their families. The ground floor provides inviting spaces for play and learning and is home to the nursery and reception classes.  From the classroom children can step out into their new enchanting outdoor play environment with an abundance of varied play challenges which will enhance development and learning for the youngest pupils. The first and second floors provide a hub for each key stage group, with each having innovative open-plan libraries and other teaching…