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Welcome from the
Executive Head Teacher
Mr Dan Morrow
CEO, Woodland Academy Trust
I am passionate about removing as many challenges as possible for children to believe and achieve. My favourite metaphor for talking about the children in our care involves ‘invisible backpacks’. Inside those backpacks are all the negative experiences and difficulties children have faced which need to be unpacked; no child leaves their bag at the door when they come into Northumberland Heath, or in fact any school under the Trust’s leadership.
At Northumberland Heath we have created a framework that will allow children to believe and achieve and for staff to grow and develop. This supports a climate and culture based on excellence for all.
Education is everything. It is what makes the difference and changes the circumstances of where we are born and what we do. My education has given me every single chance in life - but that makes me a statistical anomaly, not proof that the system is working. The number of children who are from single parent families, in areas like Gillingham, who grew up on benefits etc. and went to Oxford and is now a CEO is ridiculously small. Please don’t think that makes me think I am special; far from it. It shows me that education is still not doing what it must do - equalise our society, give every child a voice and a chance and ensure that those most “disadvantaged” children are not so any longer. Because that’s the point isn’t it; if education cannot or does not remove that disadvantage there is almost nothing else that will. When our children leave us we will give them what they deserve; optimism, belief, a future.
That is what a group of amazing teachers and staff at school gave to me. That is what we as a school and Trust will do for our children. Every single one of them is a champion and our job, our mission, OUR BURNING PRIORITY, is to reveal it to them, their peers and the world at large. That is why we do what we do.
Egg decorating competition
New News Article
Thanks to Buster's Book Club we have won a visit from the author Nick Butterworth. He will be with us on Thursday 21st March to share a story time with KS1. At 2.30, parents are invited to come along for a parent talk. After school, you will be able to bu...
Developing Lifelong Readers and Writers
We are delighted to have set up a training partnership with Just Imagine to develop training across the South East. Just Imagine works extensively with schools in the UK and internationally to develop outstanding reading and writing schools, where stories...
What parents need to know about MOMO
It's important to note that new challenges are arising on the internet all the time. This guide has been created by National Online Safety to raise awareness of the issues and offer advice on helping parents to talk to their children about making safer de...
Lights ... camera ... action - Thinking Hats Video !
We are delighted to share a video, starring our very own children and staff, to explain how we use the “Thinking Schools” approach to our children’s learning. Across our schools we use the Six Thinking Hats and maps where both children and staff learn how...
Upcoming delicious special menu days
Why not see if your child would like to have one of these delicious menus? For more information, please ask at the front office.
Tribute to Mr Alan Russell, former Chair of the Woodland Academy Trust
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Mr Alan Russell. Alan joined our Trust family in June 2014 and was a strong supporter and advocate of our schools.Alan left school with no qualifications, aspirations or a role model. Over time he returned...
Admissions Consultation 2020-2021
Dear Parents/CarersWe are consulting on a proposed change to the Woodland Academy Trust School Admissions criteria with effect from September 2020. The proposed change would affect all schools in the Woodland Academy Trust.The Governing Body has considere...
Calling all Parents - we need you !
We are excited to be setting up a brand new School Advisory Panel and we need your help.There will be five School Governors on the Panel including two Parent Governors. The Panel will be looking at how the school and community can work together to support...
School Re-Opening 5th September
We are excitedly preparing for the return of our children to school on Wednesday 5th September 2018. We have missed their smiles and cannot wait to continue watching them grow in their thinking, learning and feeling together. We look forward to revealing ...
Revealing our Champions Within!
A fantastic training day "revealing our champions within".Our Trust family are excited for the first day of term and look forward to supporting our children in their thinking, learning and feeling together.
Week ending 18/03/2019
Week ending 08/03/2019
Whole School Attendance