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Welcome to our half termly publication that brings together, articles and news from across our trust.  There are many amazing things going on within our schools, and this newsletter highlights some of them.   If you are on twitter you can follow us at TheCATSchools (@SchoolsCAT) or search #catschools and see for yourself what the schools in our trust are up to. 

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Congratulations to Grange Park Primary School's Gardening Team for having Green Fingers!


Grange Park Primary School's gardening team are celebrating success after being awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Five Star Schools Gardening Award.

Two years ago, teaching assistants, Mrs Hounsell and Mrs Asterley, started up an after school gardening club. Over this time the gardening team have raised an unused plot into a now award winning allotment.

Pupils from right across the school love getting involved with all aspects of gardening.

Liam Y4: It was fun when I got to help harvest the pumpkins and sweetcorn. I got to take one home.

Belle Y4: The beetroot I picked, I took home and gave it to my Nan, who made beetroot soup.

 Orla Y4: I love seeing the daffodil bulbs, now bursting out of the soil, that we planted last year.

We’re all in this together!

Teacher and Sports Coordinator at Kingsway Primary School in Leamington Spa, together with her Ladies’ Rugby Club, Old Leamingtonians Ladies, Jane Towey has weighed in to help pupils with home schooling by making short videos on everything from rugby and exercise to modern languages. A committed community club, the OLs wanted to do what they could to help in what is a challenging period of time for many families.

The fun videos, have become a whole-club activity, with local pupils enjoying the Mini & Juniors video on rugby skills created by the Club in the last lock down.

Said Jane, or should we say Miss Towey: “The videos explore broad and imaginative experiences from members of our extended community. It’s really positive for the youngsters to know that people they have never met are thinking about them and wanting to share aspects of their life with them. It also enables OLs to continue to maintain contact and cohesion between isolated members through helping the local community; after all we are in this together.”

The videos are on YouTube and can be accessed by anyone by searching OLRFC and Kingsway.

Kingsway is the 18th, and most recent, academy to join Community Academies Trust. 

Said CEO of the Trust Philip Hamilton OBE, “I’m thrilled that our Trust continues to grow and delighted to welcome Kingsway Community Primary School to our family of schools.  Kingsway joined our trust on 1 January this year and I’m delighted to see them making a difference in their community, particularly in these uncertain times.”

Kingsway joins our Central hub of local schools comprising Heathcote Primary, Stratford Primary. Woodloes Primary and Budbrooke Primary.


Philip Hamilton OBE said:

“All of us involved with the education of the students from this year's examination cohorts are so proud of all they have achieved throughout their time at our schools, and of the resilience they have shown through this most challenging of years. Their grades have prepared them all well  for their next steps in education.  In Telford, this particular cohort are also the students who were in Year 7 when Telford Park, Langley and Priory joined Community Academies Trust, and have benefitted significantly from all the improvements evident in the three schools.  Standards have also risen at Polesworth School and Wilnecote School.  The young people across all 5 of our secondaries now have wide and varying opportunities. The future is bright for them as they move on.  This is also true for the record numbers  joining our oversubscribed Year 7 and Year 12 in September.  I wish them all well and thank the staff and families who have made this most extraordinary of years a success.”


These are challenging times for our communities and we are determined to fulfill our responsibiltites to our young people, staff and communities we serve.

The government has set out its expectations of us all as we work together to control the spread of the virus. Our schools are implementing government guidance in detail and planning for all eventualities, including the full opeining of our schools on 1st September 2020.

Please see your local CAT school website and other communications from your child's school about the local management of this rapidly changing and challenging time.

School news available at:

The Polesworth School

Birchwood Primary School

Dordon Community Primary School

Wood End Primary School

Budbrooke Primary School

Woodloes Primary School

Stratford upon Avon Primary School

The Telford Priory School

The Telford Park School

The Telford Langley School

Grange Park Primary School

The Wilnecote School

Chadsmead Primary Academy

Heathcote Primary School

Windmill Primary School

Stoneydelph Primary School

Woodlands Primary School

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