On Sat 9 Feb 2019, 115 children from Palladian Academy Trust schools attended an exciting arts event with a variety of workshops at Ralph Allen School. We were fortunate to have a talented group of parents and school friends who volunteered to run the workshops which included a rock band, forest school, dance, music band, flower crowns, story circle, paper engineering and architecture. We were grateful to these adults and Widcombe Infant School for organising this event. It was wonderful to see children from the different PAT schools, as well as the two Wiltshire schools who are moving to join the PAT, coming together to develop and extend their interests and talents across the arts. We look forward to continuing this event next year.
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Palladian Academy Trust Tag Tails competition for Year 2 pupils
The second Palladian Academy Trust (PAT) sports festival took place last week with 120 Year 2 pupils from across the Trust participating in a Tag Tails competition. Tag Tails is an invasion game which encourages team work, decision making and appreciation of space.
Pupils involved in the competition came from the following PAT schools: Combe Down Primary, St Martin’s Garden Primary and Oldfield Park Infant School. We were also able to welcome pupils from Moorlands Federation who were keen to have some Tag Tails action too!
Mark Gunning, Sports Coordinator for the Palladian Academy Trust, who organised the event commented,
‘For many, this was their first experience of competitive sport against other schools, every single pupil played fairly and with a great deal of flair and talent.’
Tim Withers, CEO said,
The Palladian Academy Trust would like to thank Hayesfield School for hosting the event and particularly to Nikki Hodkinson from the school’s PE dept. who was influential during the planning phase. Big thanks must also go to Oldfield Park Junior School who provided the very competent Year 6 Young Leaders.
All pupils left the festival really happy and were keen to know when the next festival would be – the competitive bug has certainly been caught at this event!
The inaugural Palladian Academy Trust (PAT) sports festival took place last week with 172 Year 6 pupils from across the Trust participating in a Tag Tails competition. Tag Tails is an invasion game which encourages team work, decision making and appreciation of space.
Pupils involved in the competition came from the following PAT schools: Combe Down Primary, St Martin’s Garden Primary, St. Philip’s C of E Primary, Oldfield Park Junior and Widcombe C of E Junior.
Mark Gunning, Sports Coordinator for the Palladian Academy Trust, who organised the event commented, ‘The pupils played with a competitive edge, complemented with a fair play ethos and a strength which was fantastic to see.’
Tim Withers, CEO said, ‘The learners really enjoyed being part of such a well-organised, active and fun event. Well done to all involved – the children, their supporting staff, and particularly to the indefatigable Mark Gunning for organising it!
Our ‘Palladian Promise‘ made to students in the Trust is really a framework for their personal and character development, and I reflected that the competition facilitated a number of areas: being a positive role model, offering leadership, helping the learning of others, showing resilience. Above all, however, adopting a healthy and active lifestyle.’
The Promise embodies what we most value, which is a broad view of education for children and not one with a narrow focus. In short, we care about not just the current learning experiences they have, but the future learners they will continue to be.’
The Palladian Academy Trust would like to thank Beechen Cliff School for hosting the event and for the involvement of their outstanding young leaders who managed the games with great efficiency.
All pupils left with a smile after the competition – they will be back later in the academic year when they will have further opportunities to try new and different sports.
Widcombe C of E Junior School and St Philip’s C of E Primary School are listed among the top ten primary schools for Bath & North East Somerset.
Ralph Allen appears in the top 20 state secondary schools.
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The Palladian Academy Trust is a partner in the Great Western Teaching School Alliance, which has just been designated as a Teaching School.
This means that the group will receive extra funding from the government to provide continuing professional and leadership training and to take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the teaching profession.
The bid was focused around Wellsway School, which has been designated as a National Support School, but also referenced Saltford Primary School and St John’s Primary School. The Teaching School Alliance will work in partnership with Three Ways School and the Palladian Academy Trust and is named after the railway that connects Bath, Keynsham and Bristol.
Many thanks to all colleagues who supported and contributed to the bid. This is a very exciting next step in the Palladian Academy Trust’s development. We are all looking forward to the many future opportunities for collaboration that our partnership will bring.
We have recently welcomed Paul Jacobs, Director of School Improvement, and Mark Gunning, Sports Coordinator. Paul has been busy getting to know our headteachers and he will be working with them to help the PAT schools on their journey of school improvement. Mark will be working closely with all schools in the Trust. He wants to inspire the Trust’s pupils with a passion for sport, and will be organising sports festivals and other exciting events.
PAT pupils achieved excellent results in the summer 2018 SATs tests and examinations.
To find out more about the PAT please email the CEO’s PA, Ms Yvonne Miles, email@example.com