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Christmas card competition winners

We are pleased to announce the Christmas card winners for 2018.

A large number of entries of a very high standard were received for the competition this year, so a big thank you to everyone who entered this popular competition.

With so much detail and colour included in all entries it was difficult to choose a winning design, but the winning cards really caught the eye of all the judges.

The winners for 2018 are;

Max, year 2 from Star Academy Sandyford, Primary winner and; 

Lillie-Mae, year 11 from Bristnall Hall Academy Secondary winner. 

Thank you to everyone who entered and well done to Max and Lillie-Mae our worthy winners.

Matt Iddon has been studying a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) at Level 6 with the Open University (OU) for over a year. Throughout that time, using the skills, knowledge and understanding that he has gained through the apprenticeship programme, his enhanced contribution to his employer (Academy Transformation Trust Further Education (ATTFE)) has been outstanding.

Matt’s role is curriculum lead and Further Education (FE) manager of the Construction Centre on the campus of Dukeries Academy. Matt took on the management role completely unexpectedly following the sudden departure of a senior colleague fifteen months ago, and supported by his apprenticeship training, has turned the Centre into a roaring success. He has more than doubled the number of Construction courses available to young adults (from three to seven) and added specialisms at Level 2 and Level 3 in Joinery, Bricklaying, and Painting and Decorating. The number of full-time learners has doubled to over 50 each year, which generates a funding revenue for ATTFE of £225,000 per annum.

In its outcomes the Centre has enjoyed the most successful period in its 10-year history under Matt’s stewardship and developing CMDA management skills. This includes a major contribution towards the ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement for ATTFE in June 2017, with Construction being specifically mentioned several times.

Learners completing their courses have achieved a 100% pass rate for 2 years running.

Matt’s progress and achievements have been recognised by ATT and won him an employee recognition award, presented at a high-profile event at the House of Commons in July.

On November 29 Matt was awarded the Apprentice of the Year, Chad Business Awards

Liz Barrett has made a significant difference to the local community through her inspirational work in community education which she has tirelessly championed for 16 years in North Nottinghamshire. Now Principal of Academy Transformation Trust Further Education, she has transformed thousands of lives through her development of a curriculum including those with learning difficulties and disabilities, and for unemployed people.

Beyond this, she has committed a selfless dedication to local voluntary and charitable organisations. This includes being Chair of Governors of Sutton Community Academy and a key member of Huthwaite Involving Patients Group (HIP) at her GP practice, a group liaising between patients and medical staff.

She is trustee and founder of Nottinghamshire Homeless Eyecare, which supports homeless and vulnerable people including refugees and asylum seekers with eye tests and founding director of the social enterprise Let’s All Eat in Sutton that uses supermarket food surplus to provide a healthy, safe and social eating venue for the poorest local families.

Liz is a trustee and director of Sutton Youth Radio Ltd which develops personal skills in disadvantaged young people through radio/media production and presentation and has been such a pro-active member of the local Rotary, whose motto is ‘Service above Self’, that she took office as President after only 4 years.

In 2009 she trained and qualified as a foster carer and as a ‘single carer’, has subsequently cared for a number of traumatised and special needs children who have gone on to be adopted or into secure family placements.

No-one is more deserving of recognition for lifetime achievement to their profession in a local context, and to the local area – the award was presented to Liz at the Chad Business awards 29 November.

On Thursday 19th April all the pupils at Caldmore Primary Academy wore green and spent the day working on a ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ themed day.

They supported a non-uniformed day and raised £290 for the NSPCC. The children all ran a mile around the playground and did activities linked to well-being (healthy eating, mindfulness, resilience, relaxation).

Mrs Alison Deeley (a year 1 teacher) took part in the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April and raised an amazing £2,750 for the NSPCC. If you would like to donate to this great cause, please click on the JustGiving link – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alison-deeley1

Alison’s motivation for choosing NSPCC is our children here at Caldmore, who are up against some really awful challenges in their lives and have/will benefit from the support of the NSPCC at some point.

Iceni Academy students were thrilled this week when they visited a West End theatre to see smash hit musical ‘School of Rock’ – and were in awe of the special opportunity they were given to take a peek backstage.

The students had performed the musical themselves in July 2017, and were amazed by the energy and immense talent they saw on stage. Year 8 student Johnny Burkett said “it was always exciting to perform the show ourselves, but I realised that there was just as much energy and excitement watching the performance from the audience. It must be amazing to perform that show eight times a week!”

The backstage tour, guided by actor James Smoker, allowed students to see how the show is put together, and they were able to look at the sets and props used in the show up close. Student Finn Brown said “the show was incredible and the backstage tour was just amazing – I couldn’t believe how much effort had gone in to everything, and how much detail there was in sets and props you saw for just a moment on stage.”

Amy Staniforth, who organised the trip, said “this was an unmissable opportunity for our students not only to see a West End musical for themselves, but also to see how the theatre works from the point of view of the performers. Our students were so inspired by the show and from meeting James – several of them have decided that they would like to work in the theatre in the future!”

Iceni Academy in Methwold has been awarded foundation level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.

Iceni Academy’s international work includes a range of trips across a range of subjects and off time table days promoting languages over a number of years.

On hearing the news that Iceni Academy had achieved foundation level of the award, Stephen Plume, Principal, said “I am delighted that the hard work of our Modern Foreign Languages team in promoting languages in the Academy has been recognised with this award from the British Council”.

Stephen Hull, Senior Project Manager at the British Council, said: “Iceni Academy’s international work has earned the Academy well-deserved recognition in the form of the British Council International School Award – Foundation Certificate.

The school’s dedication to internationalism is enriching education for its pupils by bringing an essential global dimension to learning and encourage the development of skills children need to be global citizens of the future.

Embedding an international ethos across a school can lead to full International School Award accreditation and schools looking to join this supporting and engaging network should contact us at the British Council”.

Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) has appointed Mark Woodhouse as the new Principal at The Nicholas Hamond Academy. Mark brings to the academy 20 years of education and leadership experience.

At The Nicholas Hammond Academy, Mark will be responsible for raising the aspirations, expectations and commitment of staff, students, parents and the wider community, as well as leading overall improvements in standards of achievement, teaching and learning.

Mark’s most recent role was as Deputy Headteacher at Harwich and Dovercourt High School in Harwich. Prior to this he held a number of roles, including Assistant Headteacher and Head of Maths.

Mark is keen to drive the academy forward saying: “It is a real privilege to have been appointed as the new Principal of The Nicholas Hamond Academy. Having grown up in Norfolk myself, I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to the county to lead the academy in the next stage of its journey. Working together with the Leadership Team and the staff at Nicholas Hamond, I will build on the academy’s current strengths to ensure that our students are provided with the opportunities they need in order to fulfil their potential. I am looking forward to working with ATT in delivering The Trust’s vision that every student deserves a first class education. Together, I am confident that we can provide learners with the best educational experiences they deserve.”

Julie Bloor, Chief Education Officer of The Trust, commented: “We aim to develop our students as individuals and not just learners and we offer a rewarding and proactive learning environment for all our students. I know that in his new role as Principal at The Nicholas Hammond Academy, Mark will go above and beyond to continue to achieve this and drive his team to ensuring that our students achieve all that they are capable of.”

Iceni Academy, an all-through Academy with sites in Methwold and Hockwold is celebrating 2018 with two new Principals at the helm.


Emma Owner, who was previously Head of School at Hockwold and praised for her work by Ofsted, has taken over as Principal of the Primary site.


Stephen Plume, who was previously Senior Vice Principal at Methwold and also praised for his contribution by Ofsted, has taken over as Principal of the Secondary site.


Iceni Academy, one of only two all-through schools in Norfolk, was rated good by Ofsted in July 2016 and these two new appointments are crucial in allowing both sites to continue to improve.


“We were really pleased with our recent Ofsted report” said Emma Owner, “however, I think the best is yet to come and this small change in leadership and increased autonomy, will make all the difference”


“I am very proud of our students who have achieved the best results in West Norfolk for the past three years” said Stephen Plume.  “But our students are about so much more than grades, we have such a wide range of talents and interests from sport to music, our community should be proud of these young people”.


Despite the distance between the two sites staff in some subject areas work very closely and students often attend events at the Secondary site.  Teachers travel between sites and both Emma and Stephen are keen to develop these links further.


“We have some excellent staff on both sites” said Emma Owner, “In order for our students to get the best possible deal we are able to tap in to lots of expertise”.


“Our community is really important to me” said Stephen Plume, “moving forward I want to work hand in hand with everyone who has a role to play in helping our young people.  Our students go on to do great things when they leave here and getting them back in the door is one of my priorities this year”.







Bristnall Hall Academy is proud to announce that it has been accredited with the ‘360 Degree Online Safety Award.’

In September 2017, Bristnall Hall Academy, part of the Academy Transformation Trust, became one of only a few Sandwell secondary schools to be presented with this prestigious award. Mrs Susan Courtney Donovan, the 360 Degree Online Safety Award assessor, stated “The communication across the academy is very strong, all understand what the aims for online safety are and work together within their positive, nurturing ethos.”  Mrs Courtney Donovan also reported that “There is a strong, positive working relationship across the team that lead on Online Safety, visible through mutual respect of individual skills and experience.”  Mrs Courtney Donovan also commented that students have found recent online safety sessions delivered at the academy to be “inspirational and motivational”.  The fact that students feel safe whilst inside and outside of the academy, due to the academy’s online safeguarding procedures emerged as a real strength.

Bristnall Hall Academy has strived to embed important aspects of online safety across the curriculum. From the very beginning of the accreditation process, all stakeholders recognised the need to ensure that online safety is a priority within the academy. As a result, steps have been taken to ensure that students are always safe and that they know, should they have an online safeguarding issue, they can find staff who are available to listen and provide support and advice.  In addition to this, the academy has helped to educate parents on the issues around online safety and how to keep their children protected.

Principal Vince Green added, “Bristnall Hall Academy and its staff will continue to develop further ways to strengthen online safety in the digital world in which we live.  We will continue to involve and support parents and carers to ensure that online safety remains a focus.  We are proud of the outstanding and sustainable programme for online safety that is already in place.  The impact this has on the well-being and overall safety of the students is clear.”

“Well done and thank you to our parents, carers and staff for their hard work in achieving this well-deserved recognition.”

Pupils, staff, parents and carers from across 22 academies joined together at ATT’s third pupil awards on 7th December 2017 in a ceremony hosted by Diversity’s Jordan Banjo.

Over 80 pupils were rewarded for achievements in twelve award categories including academic excellence, charity fundraising, leadership and a new category for 2017 Further Education. Nominated by their teachers, pupils received their awards from Jordan and enjoyed a special event held to recognise their talents and achievements. Every winner was praised for their dedication, conscientiousness and inspiring attitude towards life and learning.

The awards also included performances from Bristnall Hall and Caldmore Primary Academy choirs and a solo performance from our Creativity Award Secondary winner Abbie Aleksic.

Through the awards, the ATT family recognise and celebrate pupils who have been courageous in transforming their lives, ambitious in achieving their goals and relentless in demonstrating exceptional personal qualities. By working closely with our family of academies, ATT aims to give every child the best chance in life and these awards show how, with our support, pupils are striving to be the best they can be.

Full list of award winners

Academic Excellence Award

Kaia Heffer, Great Heath Academy
Holly Maltby, Star Academy Sandyford

Elizabeth Burton-Johnson, Sutton Community Academy
Amy Farmer, The Queen Elizabeth Academy

Character Award

Ella Wallace, Star Academy Sandyford
Ella Colwell, Bristnall Hall Academy

Charity and Fundraising Award

Keziah Amarteifio, The Hathaway Academy

Creativity Award

Kelly Sawadogo, Kingsmoor Academy
Abbie Aleksic, Westbourne Academy

Leadership Award

Maisha Ali, Caldmore Primary Academy
Jess Smith, Iceni Academy

Outstanding Team Award

Judo team, Kingsmoor Academy
Alfie Hanmore, Leon Klarzak, Freya Garratt, Kaelan Bonner, Jasmine Halm, Katie-Lou Bartlett, Freddie Browne, Isobel Page, Leyla Spicer, Emiley-Nina Morris, Ella Bell, Umme-Habiba Shakeel, Jamie Roberts, Jack Easby, Drew Brogan, Emma Opara, Opeeh Brou, Ibrahim Azir, Ryan Bartlett, Henry Collins, Alfie Smith, Domink Graduszewski, Precious Uchendu-Nathaniel, Aleisha Collinson, Charlie Bartlett, Tammy Bartlett, Prince opera, Oluseyi Olateru, Ellie Green, Cruz Pope, Rhys Collins, Connor Longley, Nathanial Knight, Marcus Bridge, Libby Lewis

Year 10 Senior Basketball Team, The Hathaway Academy
AJ Ayeni Shakil Ali Shakib Ali Jenson Rubers Aaron Sidhu Niyaz Ahmed Sakib Laskar Mihajlo Stojkovic Beebek Limbu Emmanuel Alao-Odeleye Christian Agyeman

Bravery and Courage Award

Jasmine Moxom, Beck Row Academy
Vanesa Dufalova , Caldmore Primary Academy
Spenser Cutts, Great Heath Academy
Maddie Mead, Iceni Academy
Connor Longley, Kingsmoor Academy
Ruby Xuereb, Ravens Academy
Maisy Heap, Star Academy Sandyford
Isobel Johnson, Sun Academy Bradwell

Elle-May Banner, Bristnall Hall Academy
Bethany Smart, The Dukeries Academy
Jamie Pammenter, Iceni Academy
Nayla Ali, Mark Hall Academy
Daniel Hitchen, Pool Hayes Academy
Nathan Saunders, The Queen Elizabeth Academy
Archie Ramshaw, The Nicholas Hamond Academy
Courtney Williams, Sutton Community Academy
Lily Gresham, The Hathaway Academy
Adam Cook, Westbourne Academy

Sporting Excellence Award

Bradley Bartlett, Kingsmoor Academy
Ruby Bridger, The Hathaway Academy

STEM Award

Guillaume Sagnes, Ravens Academy
Josh Thrower, The Dukeries Academy

Transformational Progress Award

Edina Akando, Caldmore Primary Academy
Kayden Collins, Kingsmoor Academy

Lukas Cermak, Mark Hall Academy
Maisha Ali, Westbourne Academy

Further Education Award

Programme of Study Non Vocational Winner
Kalham Musgrove

Programme of Study Vocational Winner
Rebecca Shepherd

Christmas Card Competition 2016

Blanka Miloch, Great Heath Academy

Annalise Beacham, Pool Hayes Academy

Congratulations to all of our winners.

Pupil Awards 2017 in Partnership with Gaia Technologies and sponsored by, Ginger Energy, MLG Education Services and Blue Monday