Aston Hall Junior & Infant School raises over £1600 for Sheffield Children's Hospital & Charity

Aston Hall Junior & Infant School raises over £1600 for Sheffield Children's Hospital & Charity

Staff and students at Aston Hall Junior & Infant School recently stepped up to the challenge and walked 10,000 steps to help raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital & Charity. 

Many of the staff and students got involved over the week to get their steps in, and have managed to raise almost £1700 in total. 

Aston Hall chose to donate to this charity as it is a charity close to its heart – having an ex-student currently battling Leukemia, and many of its children and staff having used the hospital in recent years. 

Mrs Hicks at Aston Hall Junior & Infant School said: “Aston Hall has chosen Sheffield Children’s Hospital to raise money for this year as it means a great deal to a lot of our staff and students, past and present. Especially for an ex-student, Harrison, who is currently battling Leukemia and is being very well cared for by Ward 6 at the hospital.

“At Christmas, we sponsored a snowflake, which was lit up at the side of the building, and we had the challenge of raising £1000 to have our name on the snowflake. To get this amount, we decided to get the children active in lockdown by walking 10,000 steps in a week and so many children took part to raise money for the charity. 

“As a school, we managed to raise almost £1700, which is amazing!

“We are also taking part in the ‘Bears of Sheffield’ where we have to design and paint a large bear. The bear will be designed by a student and placed in Sheffield for the public to see, so watch this space!”

Well done everyone!

Thrybergh Academy and Foljambe Primary School officially join Wickersley Partnership Trust

Thrybergh Academy and Foljambe Primary School officially join Wickersley Partnership Trust

As of today (1st February), we now officially have 13 schools under the Trust as we welcome Thrybergh Academy and Foljambe Primary School. This means we now have 8 primary schools and 5 secondaries under WPT’s umbrella.

The decision for the schools to academise under the Trust comes after headteachers, David Burnham and Beverley Tate-Brier, strive to achieve an outstanding school status – echoing our key aim ‘to send every young person into the world able and qualified to play their full role in it.’

Joining WPT means that:

  • The schools receive funding directly from the government rather than local authorities
  • There is more control over how things are done within the schools
  • More support and advice is readily available to raise the standards of the schools

David Burnham, Headteacher at Thrybergh Academy said: “We are delighted to officially become part of Wickersley Partnership Trust after having been supported by the Trust for the past two years. The support that the school has had means that we are now in a position to drive forward our aim of providing all of our students with an outstanding education. Being part of a local multi-academy trust is important for us because all of the schools within it truly have a voice and this means the needs of our communities are fully understood and catered for. Thrybergh Academy is now part of a caring, ambitious family of schools and we look forward to what the future holds for our students, staff and local community.”

We have worked with both headteachers to put plans in place to get the ball rolling to achieve our visions for the school.

Our first official project is to improve the facilities at Foljambe Primary School by rebuilding the campus. Construction works on the building start at the end of February, with Foljambe students temporarily moving to Thrybergh Primary School during the build. Projections for the build include:

  • Extensive roof works and the installation of cladding
  • Demolition of building to the front of the school, and construction of new building and corridor
  • Full electrical rewire of the whole site which will include new LED lighting throughout
  • Installation of new boilers/water heaters
  • Full refurbishment of all classrooms, communal areas and toilet blocks
  • Installation of new outdoor provisions in KS1 and foundation stage including a multi-use games area

Beverley Tate-Brier, Headteacher at Foljambe Primary School said: “This is a very exciting time for the future of Foljambe. We have been working in partnership with Wickersley Partnership Trust for some time now and we are proud of the changes we have already made in moving the school forward. We cannot wait for the building work to take place to give our children and their families an environment that they deserve.”

We will keep you updated on the progress of the build throughout the works so make sure you follow our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn pages.

Steve Calvert, Chair of Directors at Wickersley Partnership Trust added: “The Trust had long discussions about whether we should bring Thrybergh into our family of schools – lots of debates about financial risks and capacity.

“In the end the core question was ‘did we feel we could help the students become happier and have better life outcomes?’ and we believe the answer is yes. We are delighted to bring the schools on board and I’m sure the talented team and amazing students will ensure it’ll be a success story for years to come.”

Helen O’Brien, CEO at Wickersley Partnership Trust concluded: “At Wickersley Partnership Trust, we aspire to send all young people into an ever-changing world, able and qualified to play their full part in it. The students at Thrybergh Academy and Foljambe Primary deserve every opportunity to meet these same goals.

“We have worked with both schools for two years and already have a strong and embedded ethos of collaboration between our schools.

“We are building on the school curriculum to provide rich opportunities for learning, both within and outside the classroom, and will ensure all stakeholders are empowered to work in partnership.

“We have already begun the regeneration of the primary campus and look forward to opening this new site with its extensive improvements.”

Wickersley Partnership Trust replace food parcels with free school meal vouchers

Wickersley Partnership Trust replace food parcels with free school meal vouchers

Rotherham and Lincolnshire-based Wickersley Partnership Trust has made the decision to move to free school meal vouchers from Monday 18th January, to replace the food parcel scheme currently in place.

As of Monday, every child who is eligible for free school meals – no matter if they are currently attending school or working from home – will be entitled to a weekly £15 food voucher to be spent at any supermarket of choice.

The food voucher will be given to eligible families to cover five meals per week, per child. This is to ensure that all of the Trust’s children will have access to nutritional and substantial meals during the school week.

This comes after Wickersley Partnership Trust decided that the food parcels – limited by budgets set by the government – were not of equivalent value of a student’s free school meal entitlement, nor did the quality of the product meet the high expectations of the schools or the Trust.

Wickersley Partnership Trust followed the government and Department of Education’s advice and guidance from Friday 8th January to work with the catering team to provide food parcels to those pupils who are working from home.

Helen O’Brien, CEO of Wickersley Partnership Trust said: “We will always ensure that children are at the heart of each decision we make, and whilst I recognise the hard work of our catering teams, the food parcels did not meet the expectation of our Trust. It is for this reason that Wickersley Partnership Trust intends to direct Rotherham Council to reinstate the voucher scheme that was so successful during the first closure.”

Wickersley Partnership Trust transforms sports hall into new Covid-19 testing centre

Wickersley Partnership Trust transforms sports hall into new Covid-19 testing centre

Following the recent closure of schools, we have been working hard behind the scenes to temporarily transform our Cranworth Road and The Gainsborough Academy sports halls into Covid-19 test centres. Starting this week – across both sites – around 1100 members of staff, and 500 vulnerable children/children of key workers will be tested weekly, in an effort to reduce the spread of infection amongst those still attending and working in our schools.

It took one day for Lawson Property Services to set up the test centre, building all of the booths and partitions to enable us to start rolling out the 17,550 tests we have available. This means we now have four testing stations at the Cranworth Road centre, and two further stations at The Gainsborough Academy – with capacity to expand both centres if and when we need.

Melissa Jenkinson, teacher at Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School commented: “It is a speedy process and I’m happy to have it done weekly with it being a very quick result. It means that I know I am then safe to go into school.” 

Staff and pupils have been allocated a weekly day and time for their tests, and will be transported to and from the centres by buses. 

Any positive results will be communicated to the staff or parent of the pupil within half an hour of the test. Those who test positive will be told to isolate in line with guidance from the official Test and Trace app.

Helen O’Brien, CEO of Wickersley Partnership Trust added: “At Wickersley Partnership Trust, we have a whole trust approach to mental health and well-being so pupils and teachers can thrive. We are committed to making sure staff and pupils are kept safe and protected from harm. Although it has been a massive undertaking to build a testing centre from the ground up, I am immensely proud to be in a position to use our resources to support our community and ensure staff and pupils are safe during this unprecedented time.”