SPRING TERM HIGHLIGHTS 2021 Shireland collegiate academy trust

A message from our CEO, Sir Mark Grundy

Dear all,

It has been great to see staff and children back in school over the last few weeks. We have all had to get used to yet another new routine, and I thank everyone for their efforts in making sure this has happened as seamlessly as possible. The main thing is that, thankfully, we have been able to restore some element of normality to our students' lives and continue to provide them with the high-quality education that they deserve.

Please enjoy a well-earned break over the Easter holidays and return ready for the last stretch of what, I am sure you will all agree, has been the most challenging academic year we have ever had. The final term of the year will present some challenges which I know that we will overcome but also offer opportunities and we need to think differently and bravely as we build for the next academic year.

Have a great Easter and thank you again.

Sir Mark Grundy, CEO

NEWS FROM THE TRUST - Innovate, Inspire, Collaborate

Meet the Enrichment Team

You may have already seen Mr Donaldson and Miss Billingham around your school or taken part in some of the activities that they organise through Passport to Success. We hope you'll see them a lot more over the summer term. Here they tell you a bit more about themselves:

Mr Daniel Donaldson - Family Enrichment Manager

I joinned the Trust in September 2012 to provide a programme for our families to engage in academy life and support their child's development. Outside of work, I have a great passion for the Arts. I am a trained professional actor and have worked on numerous stage and television productions.

Miss Emma Billingham - Family Enrichment Officer

I joined the Trust in September 2020 as part of an apprenticeship scheme. I work alongside Mr Donaldson and help organise workshops for all the schools within the Trust. I have a great passion for music, in fact when I was younger, I participated in a jazz club playing the saxophone!

The Enrichment Team are always here to help support you and your families.

Passport To Success - join in!

The Passport to Success award scheme has been designed by Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust. This award has been specially set up for parents and carers of our students who attend schools within our Trust.

As a Trust, we recognise the importance of our students having wider experiences beyond the classroom, to develop their character and cultural capital.

This type of informal education is not only a benefit to students but families as well. Families included in the scheme will be supported an encouraged to participate in their child’s education.

Promoting mental health and wellbeing

Since before Christmas, our partners at the Birmingham Hippodrome Education Network (HEN) have been creating some excellent yoga videos. They are available online for you and your family to follow at home.

There are specific videos for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 but anyone can join in and take some time out to stretch and relax.

You can watch all six weeks of the yoga videos and find lots more to keep you busy at home on the Family Learning Resources page of our website.

Busy time for all!

There has been so much going on at Holyhead since the return to school, it is difficult to know where to begin!

Reception were visited by Miss Gruber from the kitchen. She spoke about her job role, safety, hygiene and some of the equipment in the kitchen, like colour coded chopping boards. The children discussed healthy diets, foods and the different food groups. Then they made sandwiches using a variety of ingredients. We also discussed allergies and some children decided to try some gluten-free bread and dairy-free cheese. The children enjoyed making the sandwiches and got to take them home.

Everyone got involved in Red Nose Day 2021 dressing up in red with their noses on!

Year 2 enjoyed a gardening session and an Easter Egg hunt and on Tuesday 30 April, the school streamed their Easter Bonnet parade on Facebook Live.

World Book Day

All families, whether learning at home or in school, were encouraged to get dressed up and have fun to celebrate World Book Day on 4 March. There were some outstanding costumes on show during the day!

The school also organised a 'Masked Reader' competition for children in the run up to the day, posting a video each day of a member of staff reading a story behind a mask. Children could watch the short video and submit their guesses about who it was via Class Dojo.

Raising aspirations

During a recent E3L topic on planets, Ellis Cox in Year 2 was really inspired by his teacher and his learning in school. His class teacher, Miss Satti, made contact with two scientists and lecturers from the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham to see if they could speak to him about his passion for science.

Both lecturers did a Zoom meeting with Ellis where they discussed his interest in science, his passion for astronomy and his enthusiasm for physics. Ellis then shared his learning with the children in his class.

We are all very proud of everyone involved.

First term with the Trust

Wallbrook have now completed their first term with the Trust. We hope that staff, pupils and families have all settled in well.

We have begun to make some changes around the school site, which will improve pupils' learning experiences. We are:

  • Progressing with decorating the school hall and updating classroom layouts.
  • Putting up signs around the school with the new logo and colours.
  • Providing staff with new laptops which means they can access teaching materials from anywhere in school and work with pupils through the new Portals that are being set up.
  • Installing new WiFi at the school to help with online learning.
  • Improving the security of the site and introduced a new signing in and out system
  • Recruiting new members for the Wallbrook Standards and Performance Committee (SPC), which acts like the school’s Governing Body.
Red February 2021

Shireland staff and students completed their 'Shireland Red Feb' challenge in spectacular style.

Over 100 participants from the school have taken part in running, walking, cycling, horse riding and roller blading and have managed to cover a fantastic distance of 5,324km as a school (and still counting!) This is not including the additional activities of basketball, football and HIIT workouts that have been submitted for Red Feb. Seven prize-winning students covered over 900km of walking, running and cycling between them.

We have completed over 400 hours of activity together. Well done to everyone who took part!

And as if that wasn't enough, Shireland staff teamed up to take on the bike challenge for Red Nose Day! The plan was to keep at least one bike rolling all day in aid of Red Nose Day. The staff team spent 12 hours 55 minutes in total on the bike and covered 408.2km during the day. Sixth form and INA students also covered an additional 6 hours and 85km taking our total to 493.2km in 19hours. Well done to everyone involved!

Uniform Amnesty

At Thorns Collegiate Academy, they are always looking for new opportunities to support our students and to engage positively with families and the local community.

The Thorns PTFA are launching a Uniform Amnesty initiative, and are collecting any unwanted items of Thorns uniform that are in good condition.

For the time being they're asking families to keep the items at home, with a view to students handing them to their form tutors after Easter.

What a great idea!

Building update

Everything is going well with the new buildings and facilities at West Bromwich Collegiate Academy so that everything is ready for September.

The second phase will include:

  • Football pitch and additional exterior sports areas.
  • Sports hall and playground
  • 6 science labs
  • Immersive room
  • 3 English classrooms
  • 3 Mathematics classrooms
  • 1 Languages classroom
  • 3 Design workshops
  • 1 Art room
  • 1 Music room
  • 2 Music practice rooms
  • SEND room
  • Behaviour and Counselling Centre
Spring updates

First Steps have had Parent Consultations discussing children’s progress with their families and have had some lovely feedback from the parents.

We have also been collecting Easter Egg donations from parents and staff for a local Women’s Aid charity who were thrilled at our kind generosity. The organiser for the charity will be coming next week to collect them to distribute to families in distress which will be amazing to put some smiles on the faces of children who are struggling right now.

We also now have pet frogs, as the children have been really interested in life cycles. After a little discussion and a vote, the children have called them Daisy, Rosie, Thomas and Tony.


Family Governor Vacancy at Tameside Primary Academy

There is a vacancy for a Family Governor to sit on the Standards and Performance Committee (SPC) at Tameside. The SPC supports the Trust Board and oversees the operational day to day running of the Academy. If you are interested in this vacancy, please contact the Academy.

Family Forum meetings

Would you like the opportunity to share your views on your child's school and get involved? Look out for dates for virtual Family Forums. Each school holds one Family Forum every term.

Trust website and COVID-19 information

Don't forget that our website has all of the key information about the Trust, which includes guidance and documentation covering our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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