WPT Uniform Bank - Tesco Community Grant

WPT Uniform Bank - Tesco Community Grant

Our WPT Uniform Bank has been shortlisted for in-store voting as part of Tesco Community Grants. 

The Uniform Bank supports families across all 13 of our schools by providing quality new and used items for those that struggle with the costs of school uniform and essentials. 

Every time you shop at Tesco, you will be able to vote for which community project you would like to see funded with a blue token. The project that receives the most tokens will receive the grant. 

We would be extremely grateful for any votes from our local community to help us buy more uniform, PE kit, coats, bags and shoes. 

Until 31st March, you can find our token box at the following stores: 

  • 3104 – Rotherham Express, S60 4BX Express
  • 4505 – Rotherham Extra, S65 1HY Extra
  • 5022 – Brinsworth Rotherham Exp, S60 5BS Express
  • 5569 – Fenton Express, S61 1LH Express
  • 6736 – Rotherham Mrgt Rd Exp, S60 2AY Express
  • 6856, Marsh Bellows Rd Exp, S62 6LW Express

Kate Rushforth, Assets and Compliance Lead at Wickersley Partnership Trust, said: “A big thank you to Tesco for choosing our Uniform Bank to be in with a chance of receiving the grant. This funding would make a huge difference to the scheme and the families that rely on it.”

Thank you – as always – for your continued support.

WPT Media Officer's Design Success

WPT Media Officer's Design Success

Between July and November of 2022, WPT Media and Design Officer, April, took part in D&AD Shift London – a free, industry-led night school program pioneering in creative excellence in design and advertising.  

April was part of the Shift with Google program – along with 20 other creatives – taking night classes in London. 

This included visiting five different creative agencies, listening to talks from over 30 industry professionals and receiving live briefs from big brands like Adidas, Guinness and Penguin. 

April and her team had to pitch their own creative ideas and went as far winning Guinness’ 0.0 with their campaign ‘The Only Pressure is in the Can’, with the adept idea that there should be no pressure for people to drink alcohol.

April Pembleton, Media Officer at WPT, said: “600 people applied for the Shift Program, so I feel incredibly lucky to have been selected. The lessons I have learnt and the briefs I have worked on will be completely invaluable to my career. I can’t wait to introduce my new skills at WPT.” 

More information about D&AD Shift London can be accessed below:



WPT Newsletter - December 2022

WPT Newsletter - December 2022

Welcome to our second WPT newsletter of the 22/23 academic year.

It’s been a busy half term, with lots of new and exciting things happening across our schools. This newsletter will showcase just a some of the things that we’ve been getting up to over the last few weeks.

On behalf of Wickersley Partnership Trust, we hope you all have a fantastic holiday.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

WPT Christmas Card Competition 2022 Winners!

WPT Christmas Card Competition 2022 Winners!

We now have our winners for the WPT Christmas Card Competition! 

After a tough round of judging, we have whittled the 43 shortlisted designs down even further to get our 14 winners – the most winners we’ve ever had!

All winners have received a box of Heroes, a £10 Amazon voucher and a pack of 10 professionally printed cards with their design on it.

A massive congratulations to the following students:

Foundation Stage

Jax – Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School

Key Stage 1

Rowan – Monkwood Primary School

Key Stage 2

Annabelle – Aston Lodge Primary School

Darcie – Aston Lodge Primary School

Lily – Aston Hall Junior & Infant School

Scarlet – Magna Lane Centre

Key Stage 3

Katie – Wickersley School & Sports College

Thomas – Wickersley School & Sports College

Grace – Wickersley School & Sports College

Mansa – Rawmarsh Community School

Key Stage 4

Sophie – The Gainsborough Academy

Caryse – Arran Hill Centre

Elise – Arran Hill Centre

Lydia – Clifton Community School

As you can see, the standard of the artwork we received this year was fantastic.

Once again, thank you to every single person that entered our competition.

Same time next year!

WPT Hosts Student Careers Fair

WPT Hosts Student Careers Fair

On Friday 2nd December, we held a Careers Fair at our Cranworth Road site for  students across the Trust to gain valuable insight into the Post-16 and career opportunities that are available. 

Students from Wickersley School & Sports College, Thrybergh Academy, Clifton Community School and Rawmarsh Community School came along to talk to a wide range of providers including local colleges, universities, the armed forces, public sector organisations and private sector companies. 

There was a wide selection of providers available such as: 

  • Wickersley Sixth Form
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • RNN Group
  • Armed Forces
  • TRC
  • AMRC Training Centre

And many more!

Shaun Donnelly, Careers Advisor at the Royal Navy, said: “It was a really productive day – students seemed really engaged and interested in their future careers.

“The conversations we’ve had were really positive and we’ve been able to talk to to the students about the different opportunities available to them within the Royal Navy and how, although it might not be for them now, it could be an option in the future.”

Rosie Cooper, Graphic Designer at RNN Group, said: “It was really interesting to talk to the students and find out what they’re into. They all seemed really positive and interested in their futures, and weren’t afraid to ask us plenty of questions about the opportunities we have.”

A big thank you to all of the students, staff and providers that attended the event. It was a fantastic and insightful day for all involved, and students now have incredibly valuable information about possible next steps to help them steer their own career path.

WPT Christmas Card Competition 2022 - Shortlist Revealed!

WPT Christmas Card Competition 2022 - Shortlist Revealed!

Over the past few weeks, students from across all of our schools have been getting creative in our fourth annual WPT Christmas Card competition.

Students had to draw or design a Christmas card to be in with a chance of winning a prize, and their design being featured on professionally printed cards that will be sent out to all staff and stakeholders of the Trust at the end of term.

The competition was tough this year – we had hundreds of amazing entries that we thoroughly enjoyed looking through!

Our judging panel, Helen O’Brien (CEO), Ann-Marie Lee (Executive Improvement Partner) and the WPT Central Team had the challenging job of whittling these entries down, with 43 designs making the final cut. 

We can now reveal the shortlist!

Click on the image to find out who designed it!

Foundation Stage

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

All shortlisted candidates have received a chocolate-y prize.

We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who entered our competition this year – it certainly brought some festive cheer to the Trust!

Winners will be revealed next week – keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media channels!

WPT Appoints Trust Council Representatives

WPT Appoints Trust Council Representatives

It’s official! We have our Trust Council for the 22/23 academic year!

We’d like to introduce you to the following Trust Council Representatives:

  • Olli-Scott – Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School
  • Ava – Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School
  • Evie – Aston Hall Junior & Infant School
  • George – Aston Hall Junior & Infant School
  • Ava – Aston Lodge Primary School
  • Maisie – Aston Lodge Junior & Infant School
  • Max – Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School
  • Ellie – Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School
  • Charlie – Foljambe Primary School
  • Agata – Foljambe Primary School
  • Leighton – Monkwood Primary School
  • Talia-Mai – Monkwood Primary School
  • Mason – Rawmarsh Sandhill Primary School
  • Rhia – Rawmarsh Sandhill Primary School
  • Alexa-Mai – Thrybergh Primary School
  • Haneen – Thrybergh Primary School
  • Vine – Clifton Community School
  • Rigersa – Clifton Community School
  • Saleh – Clifton Community School
  • Abigail – Rawmarsh Community School
  • Amy – Rawmarsh Community School
  • Lucas  – The Gainsborough Academy
  • Imogen – The Gainsborough Academy
  • Mustafa – Thrybergh Academy
  • Kodi – Thrybergh Academy
  • Gayatheri – Wickersley School & Sports College
  • Kelsie – Wickersley School & Sports College
  • Harry – Wickersley School & Sports College

Monday 28th November saw our newly-formed Trust Council come together for their first meeting of the year. 

Top of the agenda was introducing themselves to each other and Wickersley Partnership Trust’s Senior Leadership Team. 

Following this, we discussed Trust priorities for the School Council by exploring what’s going well already, and what we could do better in our schools and School Councils. 

Charity fundraising is a key aspect of the Trust Council, so we spent some time coming up with joint ideas on how we – as a Trust – can ramp up our charitable efforts.

To finish off our very productive first meeting, we set the agenda for our School Councils, and how we’re going to move forward with our fantastic new ideas over the next year.

Joanna Phillips, Assistant Headteacher at The Gainsborough Academy, said: “It was absolutely fantastic to meet all of the Trust Council Representatives at the meeting at Cranworth. As a team, everyone worked really well together in cross-school groups.”

The Trust Council will meet once every half term at rotating venues across the Trust. All minutes from the meetings will be shared with the Student Body by Trust Council Representatives and on Wickersley Partnership Trust’s website.

The Junior and Senior Trust Councils will also meet once a year at a leadership summit. 

Congratulations to all appointed members of the Trust Council – we can’t wait to see how you get on this year! 

A Night of Celebration at the WPT Staff Awards 2022

A Night of Celebration at the WPT Staff Awards 2022

On Friday 18th November, staff from across all of Wickersley Partnership Trust’s schools and Central Team came together – at Magna Science Adventure Centre – to rightfully celebrate the hard work, commitment and dedication that they put in every day to ensure the best possible education and outcomes for our students.

Out of hundreds of worthy nominations, a total of 35 awards were given out for:

  • Outstanding Collaboration (for each category)
  • Outstanding Contribution (for each category)
  • Outstanding Leadership (for each category)
  • Special Recognition
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Team of the Year
  • Teaching Employee of the Year
  • Non-Teaching Employee of the Year

During the celebrations, we enjoyed a three course meal, jugglers, magicians, dancers, a raffle, an awards ceremony and performances by local band, At the Arcade.

A special thank you goes out to our corporate sponsors for their generous donation to fund the event and make this possible.

Thanks to:

  • Pioneer Construction Services
  • Hobkirk Electrical
  • MAC Construction Consultants
  • TG Decorators
  • Everlea Landscapes
  • Air Climate

We’d also like to thank the following for their raffle prize donations: 

  • XMA
  • VeryPC
  • Ann’s Flowers
  • Gulliver’s Valley
  • Jump Inc Rotherham
  • Magna Science Adventure Centre
  • Rotherham United Football Club
  • Turtle Bay
  • Utilita Arena Sheffield / Sheffield Steelers
  • Paradise Island Golf
  • The Foundry Climbing
  • TK Maxx
  • Lock and Load Play Rotherham
  • Battle Axe
  • First Kick Football

And, of course, congratulations to all of our award winners this year – your hard work does not go unnoticed. 

We can’t wait to see what we can achieve over the next year and we look forward to our next event to celebrate our whole Trust community once again.

WPT Opens Newly Refurbished Swimming Pool

WPT Opens Newly Refurbished Swimming Pool

For many years now, we’ve been hosting swimming lessons for students across the Trust and the borough at our swimming pool at Aston Lodge Primary School.

This year, we decided it was time to give the pool area some TLC with a full refurbishment.

As part of the Trust’s plans to decarbonise all of our premises, we got Novus Mechanical in to complete the following works:

  • Replace the gas boilers that originally heated the pool and the building with an air source heat pump. This has removed the reliance on fossil fuels
  • Install solar panels to generate renewable energy to run the air source heat pump

We also had Pioneer Construction Services in to install: 

  • New windows and doors to help reduce heat loss
  • New flooring throughout
  • Suspended ceiling
  • A new pool liner
  • Insulation above the suspended ceiling to help reduce heat loss 

As well as this, all internal walls have been over cladded with hygienic PVC and the toilets have been refurbished.

Freya Smith, Swimming Coach at WPT, said: “It’s been great to have the swimming pool back open with a fresh new look. Over the last few weeks we’ve already had many children from the Trust through its doors and we can’t wait to continue providing swimming and water safety lessons for our students.”

A big thank you to Novus Mechanical and Pioneer Construction Services for their work on this project. 

🎄 WPT Christmas Cards for Sale ❄

🎄 WPT Christmas Cards for Sale ❄

This year, Wickersley Partnership Trust is giving parents/carers, students, colleagues and local communities the opportunity to purchase student-designed Christmas cards. All proceeds from the sale of our Christmas cards will go to the School Fund to support the entitlement curriculum of WPT schools, which includes initiatives such as Residentials, Duke of Edinburgh, Peripatetic Music Lessons, First Aid Training and Outdoor Adventurous Activities.

To see all available Christmas card designs, for further information and to order, please visit our website: 

The last date for ordering cards is 8am on Monday 28th November.