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  • Marine Academy Primary celebrates national award for pupil performance

    Published 17/04/24

    Pupils at Marine Academy Primary, in St Budeaux in Plymouth, are celebrating after being recognised by SSAT (The Schools, Students and Teachers Network) in this year’s Educational Outcomes Awards. The award recognises that Marine Academy Primary, with its motto “where stars shine brighter”, is among the highest performing primary schools in the country, based on 2023 performance data and information from Ofsted.

    The School was recognised in two categories, receiving awards for being in the top 10% of schools nationally for pupil progress and for being in the top 20% of schools nationally for pupil attainment in the 2023 KS2 tests.

    The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England. To be recognised with an Educational Outcomes Award is a significant achievement and a testament to the work of the whole school community. 

    Nicola Keeler and Georgie Reid, Co-Headteachers, Marine Academy Primary said:

    “This award reflects the exceptional efforts of everyone in our Marine Academy Primary community. We are so proud of the love of learning we have created within our school community and the lasting impact we are able to make for every child. Thank you to our staff team, our wonderful pupils and their families. We are so proud of you all.”

    Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:

    “Congratulations to Marine Academy Primary on winning two SSAT Educational Outcomes awards. This success is down to the superb learning and teaching, outstanding support and inspirational leadership of students, staff, parents and governors. You have made a huge difference to the lives of the young people in your school. Thank you.”

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  • GCSE Business students surprised to learn how income tax affects your salary

    Published 26/03/24

    West Exe School, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, welcomed members of the economics department from the University of Exeter to the school this month as part of a joint initiative from the university and the ‘Discover Economics’ programme.

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  • West Exe School staff help fundraise for Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

    Published 25/03/24

    Staff from West Exe School and the Ted Wragg Trust attended a fundraising quiz for the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival this month.

    The festival this year will run from the 18th to the 22nd of September. As a registered charity, their mission is to celebrate books and their authors and promote the art of writing and the enjoyment of reading in the East Devon community and in other local schools.

    Chloe Fox, a Senior Leader at West Exe School and Carrie McMillan, Director at South West Teacher Training and the Ted Wragg Trust Professional Development Lead were invited to attend the fundraiser quiz at the new cricket club to raise funds to facilitate the festival's target of reaching over 2000 children this year with their talks and workshops.

    Last year West Exe School hosted author Manjeet Mann to talk about her book as part of the Budleigh Literary Festival schools outreach program. 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. 

    Sue Briggs Chairperson of the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival said that she was thrilled to have Ted Wragg Trust schools as part of the programme and that she is looking forward to working more closely with the trust in the coming years.

    Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:

    “Developing a lifelong love of reading makes all other forms of learning easier and at West Exe we will continue to put literacy at the heart of our curriculum. I am looking forward to working closely with the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival team again this year; it’s clear how much benefit their outreach programme brings to students. We have taken part in their poetry slam competition several times too (even winning it once!). These events bring the written word to life for our students and we are very proud to be associated with the festival.”

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “I am delighted that West Exe and Ted Wragg staff took the time to go and help fundraise for the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival.  It’s such a brilliant event and brings so much to the South West in terms of cultural capital.”

     

       

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  • It’s checkmate for Matford Brook in chess competition with West Exe

    Published 13/03/24

    West Exe School, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, recently hosted their first inter-school chess competition with 9 of the school’s Year 7 students who attend a lunchtime Chess Club taking on their counterparts from Matford Brook Academy.

    There were a few nerves alongside a lot of excitement amongst the students who were proud to represent their schools. Both sets of students played some excellent chess over the course of the afternoon, with a lot of incredibly close games as students got to grips with the pressure of playing under timed conditions for the first time. 

    The West Exe students ultimately won the majority of the games played, claiming an overall victory on the day!  Overall, it was a fantastic afternoon with students from both schools showing both a competitive spirit, as well as fantastic sportsmanship all round.

    Texts referencing the origins of chess date from the start of the seventh century. The game received a surge in popularity in recent years following the TV show The Queen’s Gambit which centres on a woman trying to become a chess champion.

    Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:

    “I am delighted that West Exe students won our very first inter-school chess tournament and want to offer everyone who took part a big congratulations! Watching our year 7s take such joy not just in their chess, but in hosting students from Matford Brook Academy was the highlight of my week. I am incredibly proud of them all.”

    Emily Simpson-Horne, Headteacher at Matford Brook Academy said:

    “Participating in an inter-school chess competition was a wonderful highlight in our half-term so far. One of our school values is Community and our pupils appreciated the opportunity to network with their wider Ted Wragg community and peers from West Exe. Thank you to the staff at West Exe for hosting us; we look forward to welcoming you to us in the future.”

          

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  • Tor Bridge High marks World Book Day

    Published 11/03/24

    Tor Bridge High celebrated World Book Day last week (7th March) by putting on a range of crafts, quizzes, games, and competitions! 

    Years 7, 8 and 9 were able to choose a free World Book Day book from school during the week and World Book Day tokens were available to students so that they are able to choose another book for free from venues such as Tesco, Asda, The Works, Sainsbury's and Waterstones!

    The school also organised a book swap and a treasure hunt of Carnegie Medal winning books around the site, as well as transforming the library into a Starbooks cafe - to help students find the perfect blend of book. Displays and activities were on offer to help students pick a book that is right for them; a 'tall' short story, a regular-sized 'grande', or a lengthy 'venti!’ 

    The school library is often a hub of literary action hosting four massive events a year, Harry Potter Week, Book Week, Sci-Fi Week and Marvel Week. Harry Potter Week held earlier in the year saw themed activities arranged from enabling Year 7 students to be ‘sorted’, to making their own wands, taking part in quidditch, experimenting with alchemy and much more. Little Hogwarts was also opened up so that family members and the wider community could come along and join in the magic.

    As part of Book Week earlier in the week, Tor Bridge was delighted to welcome author and actor Joseph Elliott into the school to speak to Year 7 and 8 students about what life is like as an actor and author.  

    Alongside starring in CBBC’s Swashbuckle and writing for programmes such as Horrible Histories, Joseph wrote in secret for years. His debut novel, The Good Hawk, released in 2020, was nominated for several awards and was The Times' Book of the Year. The sequels – The Broken Raven, and The Burning Swift – were released to similar critical acclaim.

    Tracy Stephenson, Headteacher at Tor Bridge High said:

    “I am so grateful to the staff members who work so hard to put our library at the heart of the student and wider community. Getting children to enjoy reading is central to them getting the most out of their education and it’s clear how much fun our students have had this World Book Day.”

        

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  • #InternationalWomensDay

    Published 08/03/24

    Today, we celebrate International Women's Day through the remarkable female leaders within our Trust who inspire us every day with their brilliance and passion. We asked them: What are you most proud of, and who inspires you? Their answers embody our values of how we are brave, kind and stronger together. Let's continue to uplift and support each other as we strive for progress and equity!

    Who inspires you?

    What are you most proud of? 

     

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  • Plymouth schools celebrate World Book Day

    Published 07/03/24

    Plymouth schools have been celebrating World Book Day this week (7th March.)

    World Book Day was created by UNESCO in 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, it is marked in over 100 countries.  The World Book Day charity’s Strategy 2023-27 sets out that its aim is “more children, from all backgrounds, developing a life-long habit of reading for pleasure, benefiting from the improved life chances this brings them.”

    Lipson Academy, part of the Ted Wragg Trust (TWT) family of schools held a ‘design your own book token’ competition as well as running badge making workshops and a literary quiz. 

    Marine Academy Primary, also part of the TWT, has had a book fair running every day this week to encourage children to get reading.  The school have also transformed their classrooms to take on the theme of a book and encouraged staff and students to dress in pyjamas and costumes to take part in some cosy reading.

    Staff across the Ted Wragg Trust have also been taking part in an Extreme Reading Competition where staff have submit pictures of themselves reading somewhere unusual. The winning staff member will be rewarded with a new set of books for a school of their choice. Take a look at the video below. 

    The World Book Day charity promotes reading by celebrating the joy of books, authors, illustrators and reading for pleasure, along with transforming attitudes and changing behaviours by providing content to promote reading for fun.  They also ensure that every child gets to choose a book of their own with the World Book Day £1 books and tokens.

    The National Literacy Trust’s Annual Literacy Survey, recorded the lowest level of reading enjoyment since the trust began its survey in 2005.  They found that just 2 in 5 (43.4%) children and young people aged 8 to 18 said they enjoyed reading in their free time in 2023, the lowest level since they first asked the question in 2005.  The survey also concluded that fewer than 3 in 10 (28.0%) children and young people aged 8 to 18 said that they read daily in 2023. 

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “Reading confidently is the foundation of education and reading for enjoyment is even better!  As such, I am so glad that our schools have made such efforts to mark World Book Day this week. I do hope our students will all be going home with something new to read.”

        

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  • Exeter schools celebrate World Book Day

    Published 07/03/24

    Exeter students have been celebrating World Book Day this week (7th March.)

    World Book Day was created by UNESCO in 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, it is marked in over 100 countries. The World Book Day charity’s Strategy 2023-27 sets out that its aim is “more children, from all backgrounds, developing a life-long habit of reading for pleasure, benefiting from the improved life chances this brings them.”

    The day went off with a bang in Ted Wragg Trust schools across Exeter, at St Lukes there was a book swap and cake sale in the library with money raised being donated to The Children’s Literacy Charity. The school also held a ‘big read’ challenge, where the whole school read a short story over the course of the day, as well as a ‘Guess the teacher’ tutor quiz with chocolate prizes for the winning tutor group.

    Over at the Whipton Barton Federation they celebrated with the theme, ‘Books we love to share’ and gave out prizes for the most creative costumes. They also held a competition to design a new bookmark for the federation, including the school colours and logo.

    Isca Academy put on a book sale and staff delivered lessons wearing costumes from their favourite books.

    Queen Elizabeth’s School held a range of quizzes and activities, including identifying a shredded book in a jar from visible text.  They also held a ReadingZone Live's author event, Writing Thrillers and Horror with SJ Wills and had author Sarah Crossan into the school to talk about her book Where the Heart Should Be.

    Exwick Heights also welcomed an author in to talk to pupils, Anne Parsons-Bryce author of the popular ‘Archie’ series came in on World Book Day itself and stayed after school to sign copies of her latest book. 

    Staff across the Ted Wragg Trust have also been taking part in an Extreme Reading Competition where staff have submit pictures of themselves reading somewhere unusual. The winning staff member will be rewarded with a new set of books for a school of their choice. Take a look at the video below. 

    The World Book Day charity promotes reading by celebrating the joy of books, authors, illustrators and reading for pleasure, along with transforming attitudes and changing behaviours by providing content to promote reading for fun. They also ensure that every child gets to choose a book of their own with the World Book Day £1 books and tokens.

    The National Literacy Trust’s Annual Literacy Survey, recorded the lowest level of reading enjoyment since the trust began its survey in 2005. They found that just 2 in 5 (43.4%) children and young people aged 8 to 18 said they enjoyed reading in their free time in 2023, the lowest level since they first asked the question in 2005. The survey also concluded that fewer than 3 in 10 (28.0%) children and young people aged 8 to 18 said that they read daily in 2023. 

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “Reading confidently is the foundation of education and reading for enjoyment is even better!  As such, I am so glad that our schools have made such efforts to mark World Book Day this week. I do hope our students will all be going home with something new to read.”

       

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  • Ted Wragg Trust shortlisted for MAT Excellence Award

    Published 04/03/24

    The Ted Wragg Trust, a family of 16 schools based across Devon has been shortlisted for a prestigious Multi Academy Trust (MAT) Excellence Award.

    The Trust has been shortlisted for the Staff Development Award. To succeed in their mission to ‘transform lives and strengthen communities to make the world a better place’ our family of schools knows they must ‘grow great people’ as the teachers and co-professionals across schools are the ones who support, inspire and help unlock the potential of children across their school communities every day. 

    At the heart of the Trust’s people strategy is a commitment to ensuring that all employees enjoy high-quality development and this commitment is embedded across all schools. All trust employees have access to enabling and transformative development, excellent leadership development programmes including Future Headship programmes, outstanding networks and regular and supportive instructional coaching for all teachers to support their continual development.

    The MAT Excellence Awards give trusts across the UK the opportunity to celebrate their achievements and allows trusts to showcase their expertise and share their knowledge with peers. The awards ceremony will be held later this year. 

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “I am delighted that the trust has been shortlisted for a MAT Excellence Award, it’s amazing to see the efforts we have put into making the trust a brilliant place to work being recognised. We want to be one of the best employers in the South West and know that empowering our staff to be the very best they can be, means they are doing their very best by our young people.”

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  • Exeter students celebrate LGBT+ History Month

    Published 28/02/24

    Exeter students have been celebrating LGBT+ History Month this month and are taking part in LGBT+ History Month runs for the whole of February that was first celebrated in 2005. The overall aim of LGBT+ History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.  This is done by increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT+”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community. 

    At West Exe School, part of the Ted Wragg Trust family of schools, Year 8 and Year 10 have been learning about gender identity and equality though the West Exe Baccalaureate and displays have been put up around the school highlighting the contributions the LGBT+ community has made to medicine, science and health care.

    Students in Years 7 to 10 are taking part in a competition to design the official LGBT+ History Month badge for 2025, the final entries from each year group will be selected to represent West Exe School in the nationwide competition.  The winning design will be made into the official badge for 2025 and sold across the UK, each year there is an official badge for LGBT+ History Month which helps raise awareness and funds. 

    Teachers at the school are taking time out of their lessons to encourage discussions on certain individuals that have made an impact on their subject areas, for example, in History students have learnt of the challenges and impact Alan Turing made during World War II, in Geography, students have learnt of Mary Anning’s groundbreaking work in palaeontology and in Maths students have looked at Cecil Belfield Clarkes mathematical formulas for medicating children safely.

    At Queen Elizabeth’s School in Crediton, also part of the Ted Wragg Trust, students have had assemblies and undertaken activities to aid in the understanding of the different key terms and some of the history behind the creation of LGBT+ History month. 

    Surveys have shown that pupils in schools with strong positive messaging about being LGBT+ have drastically improved wellbeing and feel safer – regardless of whether they are LGBT+ or not.

     Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “At the Ted Wragg Trust we pride ourselves on our inclusivity and as such I was delighted to hear about the effort several of our Exeter schools have put into raising awareness of LGBT+ History Month.  It’s absolutely right that schools should be raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT+ community.”

      

     

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  • Plymouth pupils celebrate LGBT+ History Month

    Published 22/02/24

    Plymouth pupils have been celebrating LGBT+ History Month this month with children from Marine Academy Primary’s Academy Parliament leading a LGBT+ assembly for Key Stage 2. 

    LGBT+ History Month runs for the whole of February and was first celebrated in 2005.  The overall aim of LGBT+ History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.  This is done by increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT+”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community. 

    The Academy Parliament pupils at Marine Academy Primary, which is part of the Ted Wragg Trust family of schools, did a brilliant job leading the assembly and they wore brightly coloured clothes to show their respect towards the LGBTQ+ community. The assembly helped raise awareness about what is meant by LGBTQ+ and they spoke about inspirational people such as Elton John, Sam Smith and local diving hero, Tom Daley. 

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

    “We are so proud of our Academy Parliament pupils for the impressive and inspirational way in which they delivered the LGBT+ assembly.  It’s so important for young people to learn all about others who may be different to them and it’s been brilliant to discuss this during LGBT+ History Month.”

     Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “At the Ted Wragg Trust we pride ourselves on our inclusivity and as such I was delighted to hear about the LGBT+ assembly conducted by children at Marine Academy Primary.  It’s absolutely right that schools should be raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT+ community.”

        

          

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  • Local students take part in national philosophy competition

    Published 22/02/24

    Several students from West Exe School, part of our family of schools, recently took part in Philosothon UK.

    A Philosothon is a friendly “competition” between small teams in which students participate in a series of “Communities of Inquiry” and are judged by the quality of their participation. Students are asked to consider open-ended questions which require an extended response and typically involve appeal to more than one discipline. 

    Students are asked to have a conversation in mixed age group teams about a clearly defined philosophical or ethical issue. They are judged by professional philosophers from local universities on the level of their engagement with the topic and with each other.

    Following on from their impressive performance in the University of Oxford Schools’ Debating Competition, Mia Wyatt and Amelie Walch in Year 10, joined together with Year 11s Poppy O’Neale and Evie Kane and Year 9s Flo Richardson and Klara Oczko to represent West Exe School at Philosothon UK. 

    The whole team was amazing, making some really insightful comments and respectfully challenging or questioning the views of the students from the other competing schools. At the end of the evening, Evie came second in her age-range scoring a fantastic 77/100, agonisingly missing out on finishing joint first by one point.

    Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:

    “I am so proud of every student who represented West Exe at Philosothon UK, they did fantastically well. The critical thinking aspects that philosophy promotes are relevant to all sorts of issues and careers in modern day life and it was lovely to see our students taking part in this competition. 

    At West Exe we know it’s not just what you know that’s important but your ability to question information and come to your own conclusions and embracing philosophy is a great way of promoting that.”

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

    “It’s brilliant to hear how well the students from West Exe did at Philosothon UK, everyone at our Trust is so proud of their efforts and achievements at this national platform.”

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