WPT Residentials 2022

WPT Residentials 2022

Over the last three weeks, Y5s and Y6s from all eight of our primary schools joined us for this year’s WPT Residential. 

Across three days and two nights, the students took part in a range of activities and sports, enjoyed external trips out and camped outside on the WPT fields.

This year – before the students took to the waters at Ulley – we were lucky to have the team at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue deliver water safety talks. This was to ensure that the students are equipped with the knowledge of what to do if they find themselves or others in danger around water. 

During Aston Hall Junior & Infant School’s trip, the BBC Look North film crew joined the students during their water safety briefing to highlight the dangers of open water. 

All of the students had a wonderful time and they were a credit to their schools and the Trust. 

Take a look at some of the photos below. 

Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School

Aston Hall Junior & Infant School

Aston Lodge Primary School

Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School

Monkwood Primary School

Rawmarsh Sandhill Primary School

Foljambe Primary School & Thrybergh Primary School

We’d also like to say a massive thank you to all of the staff who were involved in making the WPT Residential 2022 a huge success this year:

  • School staff
  • WPT PE Team
  • WPT Operations Team
  • WPT Transport Team

From the planning, camping out, transportation and everything in between, your hard work and time certainly has helped the WPT Residential 2022 become one to remember.

WPT Features on BBC Look North

WPT Features on BBC Look North

We’re now well underway with the 2022 WPT Residentials. Across three weeks, each Y5 and Y6 student from WPT’s primary schools will take part in a three day and two night residential, which includes water activities at Ulley Country Park. 

This year we’re lucky to have the team at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue deliver water safety talks and workshops prior to the students starting the fun watersports on the reservoir. This is to ensure that the students are equipped with the knowledge of what to do if they find themselves or others in danger around water. 

This morning, the BBC Look North film crew joined the students from Aston Hall Junior & Infant School during their water safety briefing to highlight the dangers of open water. 

David Walker, Sports Development Manager, said: “This year it’s been great to link the Y5/Y6 residentials with the workshops from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue. 

“The main aim of the sessions is to get the message out there that there’s a difference between safe and controlled water sessions compared to real life scenarios without safety equipment and qualified teachers. 

“Thank you to the team at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue for taking the time to educate our students and ultimately enhance the safety of our outdoor provision at Ulley.”

Fleur Holland, Community Safety Manager at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, commented: “We’ve always gone into schools to deliver talks on road, fire and water safety but due to the pandemic, a lot of students missed out. 

“We knew that Wickersley Partnership Trust had an outdoor provision in place at Ulley so we jumped at the opportunity to get involved and educate over 600 of its students over the three weeks of residentials. 

“When it comes to water safety, not many people know what to do. There’s a procedure in place so it’s important for us to get the message out there, especially to students who are moving on to secondary school, where they may start to find themselves under peer pressure. Hopefully they’ll remember the key messages and procedures from these sessions if they ever got into a situation where they have to help themselves or others around water.”

One of the volunteers from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Simon Haycock, has been a key part of the water safety sessions. Simon’s son, Sam, unfortunately lost his life at Ulley last year due to the dangers of open water. 

He added: “It’s important for me to do this work because I don’t want what happened to Sam to happen to anyone else’s child. 

“I’m proud to be just a small part of the WPT Residentials and share the key messages to its young people about how they can keep themselves and others safe around water.

“I hope the things they have learned through these sessions stick with them if they ever need it.”

Watch the short lunchtime interview – featuring our Sports Development Manager, David Walker, here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0018d05

Keep an eye out on BBC Look North at 6.30pm this evening for the main programme. 

Well done to all of the students from Aston Hall – they were a credit to their school and the Trust during the day and while the cameras were rolling!

Rawmarsh Student Wins Y10 School Physicist of the Year

Rawmarsh Student Wins Y10 School Physicist of the Year

On Wednesday 18th May – during an Awards Evening at The University of Sheffield – Rawmarsh Y10 student, Brooke, received the Y10 School Physicist of the Year Award from The Ogden Trust. 

She earned this award for her outstanding attitude and natural ability in Physics.

Daniel Stanley, Teacher at Rawmarsh Community School, said: “Brooke’s commitment is infectious to all around her and she is a true credit to her teachers, Rawmarsh Community School and Physics as a subject.”

Well done on your amazing achievement, Brooke!

Sandhill's Barbara Hudson Prepares for The Wall Ultramarathon

Sandhill's Barbara Hudson Prepares for The Wall Ultramarathon

Barbara Hudson, a staff member from Rawmarsh Sandhill Primary School, has stepped up to the challenge and is currently training for Rat Race event ‘The Wall’. 

The Wall Ultramarathon is 70 miles – starting from Carlisle on the 18th June and ending in Newcastle within 24 hours. 

Barbara and her running club ‘Rawmarsh Runners’ are taking on the race to raise money for the following charities and causes:

  • Rawmarsh Foodbank
  • Social Eyes
  • Bluebell Wood
  • Rotherham Hospice
  • Rawmarsh Allotment Project
  • Rawmarsh Headway

The team are currently well over the £1000 mark but are increasing their fundraising efforts during the run up to the race.

If you would like to support Rawmarsh Runners and donate, click the button below to their JustGiving page. 

Since January, Barbara and the Rawmarsh Runners’ weekends have been taken up to to prepare for the event. Training has been strict with swimming, core work, tough hill sessions and long runs up to 30 miles wearing the full kit, which weighs around 12lbs.

The commitment doesn’t stop there though… As Barbara gets married on Tuesday 7th June, she has even planned a run on the morning of the wedding! At the Rotherham Parkrun on the 11th, supporters and guests will be dressed in wedding-related attire too.

Barbara Hudson said: “I have done this race before bank in 2017 just three years into my running career. I swore I would never do it again but I set up my own running club three years ago called the ‘Rawmarsh Runners’ and encouraged some of the other runners to join me for this year and do it for local charities and causes.”

Great work, Rawmarsh Runners – we can’t wait to hear how you all get on on the 18th/19th June!

Clifton Community School Hosts Battle of the Bands

Clifton Community School Hosts Battle of the Bands

On Thursday 5th May, Clifton Community School played host to this year’s Battle of the Bands. 

The evening saw seven bands and five soloists from across Clifton Community School, Wickersley School & Sports College and Oakwood High School compete in front of a packed audience and a judging panel made of Mrs Leng (CCS Headteacher), Mrs O’Brien (WPT CEO) and David Burgess (Head of Music at Rotherham College).

The competition was tough from the start but it was a joy to see students from all schools supporting each other.

The special guest band was For Next Week from Rotherham College, who absolutely blew us all away.

Clifton’s very own talented bassist, Alex Koroma, performed in the winning band, The Meteorites with some incredible musicians from Oakwood. 

Congratulations to all musicians involved – it was wonderful to be able to present another opportunity for students to develop their skills and confidence as musicians. 

A huge well done to the overall winning band, The Meteorites, and the winning soloist, Jaime, from Oakwood – outstanding performances all round.

WPT Secures School Lettings Deal With Paris Saint-Germain Academy

WPT Secures School Lettings Deal With Paris Saint-Germain Academy

We have recently secured an exciting new school lettings deal with Paris Saint-Germain Academy UK.

This summer, the academy will be hosting a soccer training camp using the facilities at Clifton Community School from Monday 22nd August to Friday 26th August, 9.30am – 3.30pm.

The training camp is for boys and girls aged 8 to 15 and is priced at £210 for the week (£42 per day) with the academy kit included.

Wickersley Partnership Trust students can attend the training sessions at a discounted price of £189 for the week using the discount code: Summer2022

Adam Cloney, Lettings Manager at Wickersley Partnership Trust, said: “I am extremely excited for our students and the wider community to have PSG Academy coming to Rotherham – we are proud to host them at Clifton Community School this summer.

“The enrichment that this will provide to students will be fantastic – learning new skills and taking part in new experiences. We look forward to seeing those at the camp develop their football in the ‘Parisian Way’. 

“Secondly, to have Paris Saint Germain Academy working in partnership with Wickersley Partnership Trust and coming to Rotherham is a great development as the Trust looks to drive Facilities Hire forward.”

To book a place on the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Soccer Training Camp, click the button below.

For any facilities hire queries, contact Adam Cloney on 07511 181347 or email lettings@wickersleypt.org.

Cheerleading Success for WPT Sports Coach

Cheerleading Success for WPT Sports Coach

Our WPT Sports Coach, Rebecca Lamb, competed for Trailblazer Allstars at the Cheerleading World Championships in Florida in April.
 
After missing out on competing the last two years due to Covid, the team were finally given the green light for 2022.
 
The Championships were contested by 26 teams from all over the world, including a number of professional American teams. 
 
The competition took place over two days, with Trailblazer Allstars finding themselves in 11th place after day one.
 
The girls took to the floor on day two with the drive and determination to break into the top 10 and after leaving everything on the mat, they finished the Championships 9th in the world!
An outstanding achievement for anyone, let alone a family run club from Rotherham. 
 
Another one of our WPT Sports Coaches, Freya Smith, was due to compete in the Championships but unfortunately suffered an injury in training on the run up to the finals. Although she wasn’t able to compete, Freya was and continues to be a vital part of the Trailblazer Team.
 
Ex WPT staff member, Gina Williams, founded Trailblazer Allstars in 2011 and has built the club up from a handful of cheerleaders to a programme that now houses Tiny, Mini, Youth, Junior and Senior teams.
 
For more information about Trailblazer Allstars, click the button below to check out their website.
RLWC2021 Mascot Challenge

RLWC2021 Mascot Challenge

Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) are on the hunt for a talented young artist to design the mascot that will become the face of this year’s three tournaments.

The design should represent all three tournaments, be eye-catching, recognisable, fun, friendly, have a great name and backstory, and represent the values of RLW2021.

The winner will receive two tickets to the finals at Old Trafford, the chance to take their entire class at school to another game (excluding finals), and the opportunity to visit the studio to see their mascot brought to life!

Closing date for entries: Wednesday 1st June 2022, 5pm

Click the buttons below to see the website and the documents for more information.

To submit your design, please email mascot@rlwc2021.com or send via post to The Mascot Challenge, RLWC Bonded Warehouse, 18 Lower Byrom Street, Manchester, M3 4AP. For postal entries, please include contact details in the submission.

Foljambe Primary School Officially Opens Its New £1,375,000 Building

Foljambe Primary School Officially Opens Its New £1,375,000 Building

On Thursday 28th April, Foljambe Primary School officially opened its doors to its new £1,375,000 building – which now houses a modern hall and dining area – and facilities including outdoor provisions, toilet blocks, and renovated classrooms equipped with the latest high-tech interactive whiteboards.

The school – as we know it today – opened back in 1954 and officially joined Wickersley Partnership Trust (WPT) in 2021. In March 2021, the Trust – with funding from the Department for Education – began the process of transforming the building and its facilities into one that the children and local community deserve and are proud of.

Lawson Property Services, Hobkirk Electrical and Pentagon Play were brought in to complete the construction works, including:

  • Extensive roof works and the installation of cladding
  • Demolition of the building to the front of the school and construction of a new building and corridor
  • Full electrical rewiring of the whole site which includes 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

During this time, Foljambe students temporarily joined Thrybergh Primary School – another primary school under WPT’s umbrella – for the summer term but were welcomed back to Foljambe in September 2021 whilst the remaining works took place.

After a 10 month wait, parents/carers, students, staff and School Governors came together for an Open Afternoon – which included a tour, Leadership Team speeches, student performances and collaborated parent/carer and student activities – to celebrate the new learning environment.

Beverley Tate-Brier, Headteacher of Foljambe Primary School, said: “Foljambe has been on a real journey over the past few years. The school originally opened in 1954 and many children and staff have passed through its doors but the one thing that hadn’t changed until now was the building itself.

“Over £1.3 million has been invested into the school to bring it into the 21st century and finally give the children the very best learning environment.

“We finally have our own kitchen with meals now cooked on site, fabulous outdoor areas, new toilet blocks and the latest SMART Boards and technology in all of our beautifully refurbished classrooms.

“It has taken 10 months to complete but has been well worth the wait. I’d like to thank all parents/carers, children, staff and the local community for bearing with us whilst these changes have taken place.”

Deborah Cooke, Chair of Governors at Foljambe Primary School, added:As Chair of Governors for Foljambe Primary School, I am excited about the future of this school. The new build and facilities we now offer to the children in this school, and for future children in this community, are outstanding and nothing less than they deserve. 

“Everything has been well thought out and planned to give the children the best that we can offer in a nurturing, caring and exciting environment. From exciting play areas outdoors to state of the art technology in our classrooms – all to help provide an exciting, fun and inclusive learning environment for our children.”

Joanne McCreath, parent, said: “I am astounded at the amazing work that has been competed at Foljambe. It has absolutely blown me away.

“The facilities for SEMH are fantastic, the SEMH provision is open to every school within the Trust. These children have somewhere that meets their needs with such supportive staff which is great. 

“Any child that comes to Foljambe has a great school with great provisions. The change is amazing and I would like to thank WPT for making this school the school that these children and families deserve.”

Foljambe Primary School has places available and would love to welcome more children to the school at this exciting time.

For Foundation Stage and school admissions, please contact the school on 01709 850569 or office@foljambeprimary.co.uk.

Congratulations to our Easter Competition Winners!

Congratulations to our Easter Competition Winners!

Over the Easter holidays, we held an Easter competition, which was open to all students across our primary and secondary schools. The challenge was to take an Easter themed selfies/photo or create a design.

We had some fantastic entries and we can now reveal our five winners (one for each Key Stage), who have all received their Easter egg prize and certificate.

Foundation Stage

Isabelle – Ashwood Primary School 

Well done to Isabelle in FS2 for drawing a wonderful picture! 

Key Stage 1

Phoebe – Monkwood Primary School

We loved Phoebe’s ‘Egg Sheeran’ – top marks for design and puns!

Key Stage 2

Ella – Aston Hall Junior & Infant School

Ella’s thought outside of the box and created an ‘Easter Stiletto’. 

Key Stage 3

Abbey – Rawmarsh Community School

Check out Abbey’s Easter bonnet!

Key Stage 4

Phoebe – Rawmarsh Community School

Phoebe has an amazing eye for photography and during her photography lessons, she took some Easter-y shots! Well done, Phoebe.

Congratulations to all of our winners and a massive thank you to all students and their families who took part. 

Keep an eye out on our website and social media channels for our next competition!