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  • Whipton Barton children sing at Exeter Cathedral

    Published 05/12/23

    On Thursday evening (30th November), fourteen KS2 children from Whipton Barton Federation across years 3-6 joined a South West choir of educators and youth choirs representing schools and settings from across the region, and the newly established Teachers Rock® Academy Choir.

    Teachers Rock is a choir made up teachers and their students aged from 7-70 with a mission to inspire, develop and educate young people. The choir has recently been performing in the most famous recording studio in the world, London Abby Road Studios. On Thursday and Friday, they celebrated this trip with performances in Exeter Cathedral and on the Thursday were joined by pupils from Whipton Barton for a magical evening of singing.

    Louise Moretta, Headteacher at Whipton Barton Federation said “I am so proud of all the children who took part, they performed so beautifully and thoroughly enjoyed this enriching experience of performing to a large audience and in such a beautiful setting.”

    Moria Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said “It is amazing for our young people to have this opportunity to perform at Exeter Cathedral with so many others from across the region. We know they will get so much from this positive and collaborative experience and the children and staff involved are already looking forward to next year."

    Teachers Rock commented; “Ted Wragg Trust thank you for your support! It was a true pleasure to welcome and work with Whipton Barton Federation. Their enjoyment and happiness whilst singing was a delight to see.”




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  • Johnny Mercer MP visits Marine Academy Primary to discuss road safety concerns ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Published 04/12/23

    Marine Academy Primary in Plymouth, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, welcomed local Member of Parliament The Rt Hon Johnny Mercer into the school on Friday the 1st of December to talk about road safety.

    His visit followed on from Road Safety Week, which ran from the 19th to the 25th of November and centred around raising awareness of the dangers of excess or inappropriate speed and helping people understand why safe speeds are so vital for safe and healthy journeys.

    The school invited Mr Mercer to come along for himself and see some of the traffic issues caused by the public turning right during pick up and drop off times.  He also spoke to some pupil members of the Academy Parliament to hear their ideas.

    Mr Mercer has been the MP for Plymouth Moor View since 2015 and he currently holds the Government post of Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs).

    Nicola Keeler and Georgina Reid Co Headteachers at Marine Academy Primary said:

    “We are really grateful to Mr Mercer for taking the time to visit us and meet with representatives of our Academy Parliament.  It was great for them to be able to share their concerns about road safety in person and for them to hear about how to affect change on issues they care about.”

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust said:

    “It was brilliant to hear that Mr Mercer went along to Marine Academy Primary to meet with pupils.  It’s so important for local members of parliament to hear from those in the community about what matters to them, and I am proud of our Academy Parliament pupils for articulating themselves to him so well.”

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  • Local students translate Latin tombstones and handle Roman artefacts

    Published 22/11/23

    Lucky students from West Exe School, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, got to visit the roman baths in Bath last month.

    44 students who are studying GCSE Classics & Latin Elective participated in a tour of the baths, as well as taking part in an interactive session called “Understanding Aquae Sulis.”  The session explores the variety of Latin inscriptions from the tombstones and altars found in Aquae Sulis. 

    Students collaborated and shared ideas as they deciphered the Latin tombstones and learned more about the lives of the people behind the language. The session also included the opportunity for the students to handle Roman artefacts associated with the layout and function of the bathhouse and the settlement of Aquae Sulis as a whole.

    The Roman baths are where the people of Roman Britain came to worship the goddess Sulis Minerva and bathe in the waters of the natural thermal springs, which still flow with hot water today.  

    Modern day visitors can explore the complex, walk on the original Roman pavements, and view the ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva. The museum located at the baths includes a gilt bronze head of the Goddess Sulis Minerva, and other Roman artefacts.

    Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:

    “We are part of the Latin Excellence Programme, reintroducing Latin to state schools around the country.  I would particularly like to thank them for providing the full funding for this trip. I know that all the students really enjoyed their trip to the Roman baths and deciphering tombstones was a great way to develop their Latin skills!  I am so proud that we have so many students studying classics and Latin as these are subjects of both cultural and academic significance.”

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “Everyone at the trust was pleased to hear about this educational trip to Bath.  It’s brilliant to hear about students getting out and about and embedding their knowledge through activity-based learning.”



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  • Local students hear about a career in law ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Published 22/11/23

    Some Year 9 female students from St Luke’s Church of England School, Isca Academy and St James School, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, joined students from other schools around Exeter for a special workplace event at law firm Michelmores this month, which aimed to introduce them to career opportunities within professional services.

    The girls took part in a workshop on communication skills and confidence run by Judy Salmon, a professional business coach and personal development consultant.  They also listened to a talk on early careers opportunities at Michelmores.  The day concluded with an office tour by the firm’s trainee solicitors, apprentices and placement year students.

    The firm hopes that sessions like these will help to make a career in law more accessible and they have introduced various initiatives which focus on social mobility and inclusion.  The event was coordinated with the support of Empowering Girls Exeter which links Year 9 girls from local secondary schools with professional women in the city for a programme of mentoring. 

    Harrison Littler, Headteacher at St Luke’s Church of England School said:

    “I want to say a big thank you to Michelmore for giving our students the opportunity to spend some time with their fantastic employees hearing about a career in law.  I know the students took a huge amount away from the session and that it got them all thinking hard about their futures.”

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “It’s great to hear about the work Michelmores are doing with local young people to make sure that they consider careers in professions like law.  At the Ted Wragg Trust, we want children to reach high and fulfil their full potential and partnerships like this are a brilliant way of inspiring that.”

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  • Award winning author Manjeet Mann visits West Exe School ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Published 22/11/23

    West Exe School, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, has welcomed a visit from author Manjeet Mann this Thursday the 9th of November.   As well as being an author, Manjeet is also an actress, playwright and screenwriter.  

    Her debut novel RUN, REBEL for young adults was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2021 and won the CILIP Carnegie Shadowers Choice Award, The UKLA Award, Diverse Book Award and Sheffield Children's Book Award. It was also a Guardian best book of 2020. Manjeet’s second novel The Crossing, won the Costa Book Award for a Children’s Book in 2021 and was also named the Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week.  She also founded Run The World, a not for profit organisation that uses sport and theatre as a means to empower women and girls. 

    The English curriculum at West Exe is designed to ensure that students read a range of diverse and challenging texts that expose them to a multitude of different authors.  The school gets young people excited about reading by announcing upcoming books in their library on social media.  Earlier this year they also ran the Robin Stevens Reading Challenge.  

    The school is also celebrating a record breaking Sparxs reader success by Year 7 student Jacob who hit 1200 reading points in one day, double what is usually achieved in a session!  Students earn Sparx Reader Points when they read a book using Sparx Reader. The number of points they earn reflects the amount of time and effort they spend reading.  

    Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:

    “I am delighted that Manjeet took the time to come and visit us.  It’s so important that students hear from a wide range of speakers and having such a successful author come and talk about her work was very inspiring for many of them.

    “Developing a lifelong love of reading makes all other forms of learning earlier and at West Exe we will continue to put literacy at the heart of our curriculum.”

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “Everyone at the trust is grateful to Manjeet for coming to speak to West Exe students.  She has had such an interesting and varied career and it’s brilliant for young people to have heard from her first hand.”

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  • Plymouth pupils fundraise over £6,000 for Children in Need​​​​​​​

    Published 20/11/23

    Children and staff at Marine Academy Primary school in Plymouth, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, have had a brilliant day fundraising for Children in Need, raising over £6,000. 

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  • Exeter schools fundraise for Children in Need​​​​​​​

    Published 20/11/23

    Students and staff in Ted Wragg schools across Exeter have had a brilliant day fundraising for Children in Need.  

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  • Primary Open Events

    Published 07/11/23

    Primary Open Events will be taking place across our family of schools. This is an opportunity for all preschool families to come and see what our ambitious and inclusive schools have to offer. Please see information below for individual schools. 

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  • Investment Week 2023

    Published 06/11/23

    Throughout Investment Week 2023 over 1500 teachers and co-professionals took part in a range of professional development led by our Directors and Trust Leaders.

    This year was the first time that all of our professionals took part in the week, with other contributors including Dr Dan Nicholls (from Cabot Learning Federation), Plymouth Multi-Agency Support Team, Devon & Torbay Music Education Hubs, Ernesettle Community School and Tor Bridge Primary School. Thank you so very much for your professional generosity!

    Sessions planned throughout the week were an opportunity for colleagues from across our schools and central services to share learning, ideas and experiences and to hear perspectives from contributors from across the education sector. We are excited to see the impact for our children in the coming weeks. 

    You can find out more about some of our sessions and feedback from members of our Trust community below. 

    #investmentweek #strongertogether #growgreatpeople


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  • QE receives prestigious Artsmark Award

    Published 30/10/23

    Students and staff at Queen Elizabeth’s School are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award.

    Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports them to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education across the whole curriculum, bringing learning to life for children and young people.

    In order to achieve their Artsmark Award, QE had to develop their arts and culture provision to embed a broad and balanced curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.

    QE was supported by Real Ideas in planning and developing their objectives. Real Ideas worked alongside the school at various stages to support their Artsmark Award achievement.

    The Artsmark assessor commended QE, noting that the school ‘remained steadfast in its provision of discrete arts teaching at Key Stage 3 and has sustained its range of arts qualifications. Results have been strong at GCSE and A level and pupils go on to study arts subjects in higher education. You have restored and sustained your performance opportunities, with your Jazz Band performing in the wider community and with primary schools being welcomed to your musical theatre productions. Primary schools have also been involved in Drama and Music workshops and your transition events have a strong arts base. You have enhanced your extra-curricular provision, with the QE Theatre Academy being a particular strength. The Carnegie Competition where students work in small groups to present a short performance, telling the story of their chosen book from those on the Carnegie shortlist, gives pupils ownership of their arts learning. You have done well to sustain and strengthen the arts through difficult times and we look forward greatly to hearing how you build on this as your journey continues.’

    On receiving the award, Paula Smith, Acting Headteacher said: “We’re extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Silver Award. We are committed to delivering a high-quality arts and cultural education and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark.”

    Dr Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said: “I would like to congratulate Queen Elizabeth’s School on their Artsmark Award. Becoming an Artsmark school demonstrates that through offering a broad, balanced and creative curriculum, young people have the opportunity to develop character and resilience, increasing their knowledge, curiosity and skills that will remain with them through to adult life.”

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  • Lipson Co-operative Academy students achieve great results

    Published 20/10/23

    Lipson Co-Operative Academy best performing non-selective school in Plymouth this year 

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  • Exeter students achieve outstanding results

    Published 19/10/23

    DfE data release shows Exeter students bucking national trends to achieve excellent results in core subjects 

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