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 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!

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 Young Musician of the Year 2022

WPT Young Musician of the Year 2022

On Thursday 13th October, we held our annual WPT Young Musician of the Year competition at Rawmarsh Community School.
18 finalists competed across five categories, each giving a live performance to an appreciative audience. 
Students from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 4 showed a high standard of musicianship across a range of styles and instruments.
All finalists received a certificate, with category winners and the overall Young Musician each taking home trophies.
A special thanks goes to members of the Music Team for organising the event, including our instrumental teachers who prepared many of the students for their performances.
This is only the second time this event has taken place and it is set to become an annual favourite, giving students across the Trust an opportunity to showcase their musical talents.
Congratulations to all of the students who took part and well done to Y10 Thrybergh Academy student, Ben, who took the overall title of WPT Young Musician of the Year 2022.
Category winners: 
KS1 Vocal/Instrumental 
Jia fu (Ashwood Primary)
KS2 Vocal/Instrumental 
Violet (Brinsworth Whitehall)
KS3 Instrumental
Lucas (Thrybergh Academy)
KS4/5 Instrumental
Alex (Clifton Community School)
KS4 Vocal & Overall Young Musician of the Year.
Ben (Thrybergh Academy)
WPT Director of Art Delivers CPD Sessions

WPT Director of Art Delivers CPD Sessions

Our WPT Director of Art, Jo Woods, recently delivered Art CPD sessions to our Trust Art teachers. 

Artists, crafters and photographers created a ceramic clay piece of artwork inspired by their favourite artist.

This gave the teachers a chance to express themselves, be creative with their own ideas and choices, feel a sense of freedom and be imaginative with a range of materials.

School Games' Primary Tag Rugby Festival 2022

School Games' Primary Tag Rugby Festival 2022

The first event in the Rotherham School Games’ 2022/23 calendar was Y5/6 Tag Rugby, which took place on Friday 7th October at Wickersley Partnership Trust’s hub site, Cranworth Road Sports Centre.

Over 30 schools entered the festival, which resulted in two separate competitions taking place on the day to determine which two schools would qualify for the South Yorkshire School Games in November.

The morning saw all schools compete in a group stage across eight different pitches, with some great tries scored and tags made. This format allowed all children to grow in confidence without the pressure of the knock out stage, which all teams were guaranteed to play in during the afternoon.

After lunch, schools competed in two rounds of 16, followed by quarter finals, semi-finals and eventually, two finals to determine who would progress on to the next round. There were some extremely close games in the knock out rounds, with the two finals contested by Bramley Sunnyside v Waverley Juniors (North section) and a local derby in the other, Rawmarsh Thorogate v Rawmarsh Sandhill (South section).

Both Bramley Sunnyside and Rawmarsh Sandhill were victorious in their respective finals and will both go on to represent Rotherham at the county competition in November.

Congratulations to both, but also a massive well done to all the 300 children who braved the wet and windy conditions and represented their school throughout the day.

Mr Walker, School Games Organiser for the borough, said: “I was blown away by the response when I sent out for entries – I originally planned for 20 schools based on the 16 we had last year, but to have 31 schools attend on the day and over 300 children participating really shows how invested our local primary schools are in PE & School Sport. Thank you to all for making it a memorable day.”

Alongside the PE Team from Wickersley Partnership Trust, the event was supported by the Post 16 Rugby scholars from Wath Academy and the Rotherham Titans Community Trust, who provided staff and a giant rugby inflatable on the day.

Mr Walker added: “To have a number of local key partners working together on the festival embodied the ethos of the School Games – linking together to ensure all children have access, opportunity and role models in the different sports and events we offer throughout the academic year is a priority moving forward.

“Thank you to Wath Academy and Titans Community Trust for their support on the day.”

Mr Roddison, Headteacher of Rawmarsh Sandhill, said: “’The Tag Rugby Festival was an excellent experience for all the children involved and it was an encouraging to see so many local schools take part and the children having so much fun. A big thanks to all the School Games and Rotherham Titans’ staff for their organisation and guidance. We will aim to do Rotherham proud in the South Yorkshire stage!”

Ben Barlow, PE Specialist from Bramley Sunnyside commented: “It was great to see so many schools back together competing, with such a high standard of Tag Rugby on display. We are looking forwarding to having a full sporting schedule back this year”.

For more information regarding the national School Games programme, please visit www.yourschoolgames.com.

If your school is within the borough but not yet engaged in School Games, please email rotherhamcompetitions@gmail.com to find out more.

WPT Partners With New Catering Provider, Taylor Shaw

WPT Partners With New Catering Provider, Taylor Shaw

We’re excited to announce that from September we will be partnering with a new school catering company, Taylor Shaw

Taylor Shaw will be providing ‘delicious, nutritious and varied’ food to students in all eight of our primary schools, Rawmarsh Community School and The Gainsborough Academy.

This comes after a successful catering tender event, which was held at WPT’s Headquarters back in April. This saw a variety of catering companies presenting their proposals and their food in front of a range of judges, including students from Rawmarsh Community School and The Gainsborough Academy. 

Although there was tough competition, it was Taylor Shaw who came out on top and proved very popular amongst our staff and students.

With over 20 years’ experience delivering school meals, Taylor Shaw prides itself on being innovative with a high street twist – providing a wide selection of freshly prepared meals and a range of healthy ‘grab and go’ items, all using the best, locally sourced ingredients.

Matt Sutton, Senior Operations Manager at Wickersley Partnership Trust, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Taylor Shaw and start working together to provide quality meals to our students.”

One of the things that particularly drew us to Taylor Shaw was its commitment to sustainability. 

Taylor Shaw: “As a responsible caterer, we believe that we have a key role to play in the development of agricultural methods that are respectful to the environment and animal welfare. We do this in a number of ways: 

  • Social value
  • Deforestation
  • Local sourcing
  • Food standards
  • Ethical sourcing
  • Animal welfare 

“You can find out more about Taylor Shaw’s commitment to sustainability here.

Free School Meals Information

Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below: 

  • Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  •  The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of
    no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, submit a claim via RMBC’s website. The information you provide will be used to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three of your last Universal Credit assessment periods. If you are eligible, RMBC will notify us. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding.

Apply for free school meals by clicking the button below.

If you need help applying for free school meals, please do not hesitate to get in touch with school and a member of staff will be happy to assist you.