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Industrial action on 1 February 2023: ULT schools fully open

February 1st 2023

All Uttoxeter Learning Trust (ULT) schools will be fully open to pupils on 1 February 2023.

Members of the National Education Union (NEU) are due to take part in a series of strikes that will affect schools on the following dates:

1 February: All schools in England and Wales
1 March: East Midlands, West Midlands, and the NEU's eastern region
15 and 16 March: Two-day strike of all schools in England and Wales

The strikes are happening because of a national pay award dispute between the NEU and the government.

Due to the nature of industrial action, it is not possible to confirm the exact number of staff taking part and the classes that will be affected ahead of the strike day.

However, headteachers at all ULT schools have confirmed that they will be able to fully open to all pupils on the first strike day - 1 February 2023.

Parents and carers have been informed. Headteachers at each school will update parents and carers on arrangements for future strike days.

If you have any questions, please contact the senior leadership team at your school.
 


Industrial action school closure

January 26th 2023

We have received confirmation that members of the NEU will be taking part in a series of strikes that will affect schools in the Trust on the following dates:

1 February: All schools in England and Wales
1 March: East Midlands, West Midlands, and the NEU's eastern region
15 and 16 March: Two-day strike of all schools in England and Wales

Due to the nature of industrial action, it is not possible to confirm the exact number of staff taking part and the classes that will be affected ahead of the strike days, but all of our schools are working to be open to as many pupils as possible.  Headteachers will share with parents and carers the arrangements for their site in advance.

The Government is continuing to work with the trade unions to seek a resolution on this pay award dispute as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about plans for the days affected by industrial action, please contact the senior leadership team at your school
 


Light Up Learning conference marks the start of 2023

January 16th 2023

Staff from across Uttoxeter Learning Trust have marked the start of 2023 by holding an annual conference.
Around 250 staff from the Trust’s nine schools attended Light Up Learning, which brought colleagues together for a series of professional development workshops.

Topics included the latest best practice and innovation in teaching and learning, mental health and wellbeing, and supporting vulnerable pupils.

Sarah Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, said: “Our Light Up Learning conference is a fantastic opportunity to bring staff together from our nine schools to share best practice. It made for a really great start to 2023.”

During the event, there were performances from The Richard Clarke First School and Windsor Park C.E Middle School pupils and presentations from Thomas Alleyne’s High School students.

Julie Rudge, Headteacher, Thomas Alleyne’s High School, added: “It’s been fantastic to have so many delegates from across all of our nine schools at the conference and to be supported by our students.”

Anne Tapp, Headteacher, Picknalls First School, commented: “It’s been a lovely way to come back after the Christmas holidays and get everyone together from across the Trust.”

Light Up Learning was held at Uttoxeter Racecourse on January 4th, 2023.

Uttoxeter Learning Trust is a dynamic and expanding multi-academy trust for children and young people in Uttoxeter and beyond.

All of the schools that have been inspected by Ofsted are judged as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.
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Former Head Boy pays tribute to ‘inspirational’ Thomas Alleyne’s High School

November 22nd 2022

As Thomas Alleyne’s recent sixth form leavers progress with their university and career steps, an Oxbridge-educated alumnus has paid tribute to the school.
A former Head Boy at Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Jack Bradley-Seddon fulfilled his dreams of going to Oxbridge thanks to the support he received from his teachers. 
 
Jack studied A Levels at Thomas Alleyne’s and was heavily involved in school life. As well as being Head Boy, Jack was also Chair of the school’s student council. 
 
After achieving top grades, Jack left Thomas Alleyne’s, based on Dove Bank, in 2009. He has returned as a guest speaker at several events including the Year 12 prize giving in July 2022.
 
Jack said: “Thomas Alleyne’s was very supportive and encouraging of my aspirations. It was a taster university school trip in Year 10 that sparked my interest in studying law.
 
He explained: “My teachers really inspired me to go to the University of Oxford; they helped me to believe that it was possible.”
 
Jack progressed to study for a degree in Law at the University of Oxford and then completed an MBA at the University of Cambridge.
 
He worked as a lawyer in London at the global American law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld.
 
Now Jack has launched his own business Thaxted Capital, after receiving £25 million of investment from Sandton Capital Partners to support its growth.
 
Thaxted Capital provides specialist litigation funding of up to £1 million for clients and has a geographic focus on the Midlands and the North of England.
 
Jack explained: “We provide the finance to help clients with a litigation claim under £1 million and only take a fee if the client wins their case. 
 
“We cover any type of general commercial litigation – for example, a breach of contract claim between two businesses or a professional negligence claim against an advisor. 
 
“Unfortunately, in the UK litigation is an expensive and risky process and the cards are stacked in favour of the more financially powerful party. Litigation finance levels the playing field.”
 
Julie Rudge, Headteacher of Thomas Alleyne’s High School, said: “It is great to see Jack progressing with his career. We were delighted to invite Jack back to share his educational journey with our students."
 
Thomas Alleyne’s High School is Ofsted graded ‘good’ and part of Uttoxeter Learning Trust. Visit http://www.thomasalleynes.uk/


Ryecroft C.E. Middle School achieves Ofsted ‘good’ grade

October 24th 2022

Pupils at Ryecroft C.E. Middle School feel happy and safe and benefit from an ambitious curriculum, according to a new report from the education watchdog Ofsted.

Ofsted has praised leaders, staff and pupils at the middle school on Ashbourne Road in Rocester, which has been rated ‘good’.
 
Staff know the pupils well and have high expectations of them. Pupils feel happy and safe and know that they will be listened to and that their opinions matter. 
 
The majority of pupils work hard and focus on their lessons. Nearly all pupils meet the high expectations that leaders have for how they should behave and safeguarding is effective.
 
Annie Grattage, Headteacher, Ryecroft C.E. Middle School, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Ofsted has graded us as a good school and the incredible hard work of our staff and pupils has been recognised.
 
“We are grateful for the fantastic support we have received from Uttoxeter Learning Trust, parents and carers, and our wider community.”
 
Inspectors found that the middle school is well supported by Uttoxeter Learning Trust, especially with regards to training and curriculum development. 
 
Staff have confidence in leaders, who make every effort to make them feel valued and appreciated, the report also notes. 
 
Leaders’ primary aim is that all pupils benefit from an ambitious curriculum. Inspectors found that they have detailed curriculum planning in place for each subject.
 
Leaders understand the importance of teaching pupils to read and to enjoy reading. They have put an effective reading scheme in place across both key stages. If pupils need extra support, leaders make sure they get it.
 
The curriculum goes beyond the classroom and is enhanced by trips, visits and in-school special events. There are 30 very popular lunchtime and after-school activities every week. 
 
Careers education at the middle school, which educates pupils aged 9 to 13, is strong and goes beyond national expectations by being extended to all year groups. 
 
Sarah Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, added: “I am very proud of our growing family of successful schools. 
 
“It’s fantastic to see Ryecroft C.E. Middle School providing an inspiring education for pupils that supports them to reach their full potential.” 
 
To read the report, please visit Ofsted’s website. The inspection took place on September 14th and 15th 2022.

Pictured: Annie Grattage, Headteacher, Ryecroft C.E. Middle School. 
 


Historic time capsule burial marks the official launch of £4.3 million new first school

October 19th 2022

Pupils attending the new £4.3 million Bramshall Meadows First School have buried a historic time capsule as part of an official launch ceremony.
 
The school, on Ivinson Way, opened to pupils in September 2022. Now pupils and staff have celebrated the opening of the new facility, which is part Uttoxeter Learning Trust, with a launch event. 
 
The guests included representatives from Uttoxeter Learning Trust, Staffordshire County Council and the construction firm G F Tomlinson as well as local MP Kate Kniveton.
 
During the ceremony, a time capsule containing symbolic items from all of the children was buried in the school grounds.
 
The capsule provides an insight into life in Britain today during a momentous year which has seen the ascension of King Charles III.
 
Items placed in the capsule include souvenirs from Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, a photograph of the staff and children, a storybook explaining how to keep safe from Covid-19 and a Covid-19 test.
 
It is anticipated that the capsule will be resurrected and opened by some of the first school’s future generation of pupils in 25 years’ time.  
 
A commemorative plaque was also unveiled during the official launch celebrations held on Friday, October 14th, 2022.
 
Andrea Cairns, Executive Headteacher, Bramshall Meadows First School, said: “It has been incredibly exciting to involve our first cohort of pupils in the official opening event.
 
“They enjoyed choosing the contents for the time capsule and seeing the burial of it knowing that it will be opened and discussed by future generations of children.”  
 
So far, 23 reception pupils and nursery children joined the school, which will continue to grow as children move up through the year groups. 
 
Overall, there are 150 places for children aged four to nine-years-old and 26 nursery places for children aged three.
 
Facilities include a nursery, specialist classroom, multi-use hall, catering space and general classrooms as well as an outdoor sports pitch, play areas and car parking.
 
Sidney Slater, Chair of Trustees, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, commented: “We are delighted with the new building and facilities, and being located in the community of Bramshall Meadows. I would like to thank Staffordshire County Council and G F Tomlinson for their hard work and dedication to the project.”
 
The building has been constructed by Midlands-based contractor G F Tomlinson as part of a wider plan by Staffordshire County Council to expand first school provision locally. 
 
The project is the first to open in response to the rise in demand for places within Uttoxeter and it has been completed through Staffordshire County Council’s capital framework.
 
County Councillor Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Education at Staffordshire County Council, said: “This school has been built in response to increased demand for places in the local area, as a result of new housing developments. It has been fantastic to see this school take shape over the last few months, and I’m pleased to see how well the pupils have settled into their new surroundings.”
 
Chris Flint, Managing Director of G F Tomlinson, added: “We feel very proud to have delivered Bramshall Meadows First School to help meet Staffordshire County Council’s aims for expanding school place provision in the local area. 
 
“It is wonderful to see the children and staff enjoy their new facilities and as they settle into the school, we felt honoured to attend the opening ceremony and see the children’s excitement at burying the time capsule with their special chosen items for future generations to discover.”



Pictured: Sarah Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, and Andrea Cairns, Executive Headteacher, Bramshall Meadows First School, with pupils and the official opening plaque.


Bramshall Meadows First School welcomes its first pupils

October 14th 2022

A new £4.3 million first school built to support a growing local community within Uttoxeter has opened to pupils.

Staff at Bramshall Meadows First School welcomed the first classes of reception pupils and nursery children for the start of the new academic year last month.
 
Part of Uttoxeter Learning Trust, the new first school is equipped with a nursery, a specialist classroom, classrooms, multi-use hall, catering space, outdoor sports pitch, play areas and car parking. 
 
Andrea Cairns, Executive Headteacher, Bramshall Meadows First School, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed the first reception class pupils and nursery children to our fantastic new school. 
 
“Seeing the children arrive and settle in has made for a very exciting start to the new academic year. We are thrilled with the new building and facilities and we look forward to seeing our school community grow.”
 
Overall, there are 150 places for children aged four to nine-years-old and 26 nursery places for children aged three. 
 
So far, 23 reception pupils and nursery children have joined the school based on Ivinson Way, which will continue to grow as children move up through the year groups.
 
The single storey educational facility has been built as part of a wider plan by Staffordshire County Council to expand first school provision in Uttoxeter.
 
This is due to increased demand for places from families moving to new housing in the local area including the Bramshall Meadows estate. 
 
Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Education Jonathan Price said: “It’s fantastic that Bramshall Meadows will be opening its doors to pupils, and that these pupils will be starting their school life in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility. 
 
“We have a duty to ensure there are enough school places to meet growing demand, and this latest school in Uttoxeter has been built to accommodate children from new nearby housing developments. I look forward to seeing the school grow year on year.” 
 
The project is the first to be completed in response to the rise in demand for places within Uttoxeter.
 
Built by Midlands-based contractor G F Tomlinson, the first school has been completed through Staffordshire County Council’s capital framework.
 
Chris Flint, Managing Director at G F Tomlinson, said: “It’s wonderful to celebrate the opening of Bramshall Meadows, as it welcomes pupils to a brand-new and high-quality learning facility. 
 
“We’re delighted to have delivered this school, alongside Staffordshire County Council, providing additional school places to meet the needs of a growing local community. We hope pupils love their new school!”


Pictured: Andrea Cairns, Executive Headteacher, with Bramshall Meadows First School pupils on their first day.


All Saints C.E. First School in Church Leigh is graded ‘good’ by Ofsted

22 July 2022

All Saints C.E. First School logoAll Saints C.E. First School in Church Leigh has been graded ‘good’ by the education watchdog Ofsted.

The newly published report highlights that staff have high expectations of all children. The curriculum is ambitious and covers a broad range of subjects.

Inspectors found that pupils are supported successfully to achieve well and enjoy attending this friendly, nurturing school.

There is effective support for pupils with special education needs and/or disabilities which ensures that they learn as well as their peers.

The report notes that pupils feel safe and treat one another with respect and the arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Pupils are keen to do their best, and behaviour is good, and they enjoy a wide range of activities including residential trips and sports activities and competitions.

Parents and carers have praised how leaders have managed a difficult couple of years when the school was significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Andrea Cairns, Executive Headteacher, All Saints C.E. First School in Church LeighAndrea Cairns, Executive Headteacher, All Saints C.E. First School, said: “We are very pleased with this positive Ofsted report. We strive to meet the needs of pupils and families in our local community. Despite the challenges from the pandemic, it is good to know that parents and carers appreciate what we do and that staff are proud to work for the school.”

Sarah Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, added: “It is great to see pupils at All Saints C.E. First School being successfully supported by staff to achieve well and that the school’s leaders value being part of Uttoxeter Learning Trust.”

The inspection took place on June 7th and 8th 2022. For more information, please visit Ofsted’s website.


Ofsted praises Oldfields Hall Middle School for its good quality education

June 29th 2022

Carl Gliddon, Headteacher, with pupils at Oldfields Hall Middle School
Pictured: Carl Gliddon, Headteacher, with pupils at Oldfields Hall Middle School

Oldfields Hall Middle School logoA Uttoxeter middle school has maintained its Ofsted ‘good’ grade and been praised for providing a good quality of education that meets pupils’ needs.

Inspectors found that pupils at Oldfields Hall Middle School, on Stone Road, are happy and eager to learn and that the school looks after them very well.

Leaders have designed an ambitious and broad curriculum, according to the newly published report.

Leaders also have high expectations for all pupils including those with special educational needs and disabilities and those who are disadvantaged.

The inspection report notes that leaders have established a strong culture of safeguarding and pupils know how to keep themselves safe including when online.

Inspectors also found that the school provides excellent pastoral care and is very friendly and welcoming.

Parents and carers are overwhelmingly supportive of the school. Staff are very proud of the school and enjoy working there.

Carl Gliddon, Headteacher, Oldfields Hall Middle School, said: “Our priority is to ensure that pupils feel safe and happy and that they are well taught and eager to learn. We are delighted with this Ofsted report that is a tribute to the attitude and efforts of our children and staff.”

Sarah Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, added: “It is fantastic to see such a glowing report and the achievements of Oldfields Hall Middle School children and staff recognised so positively by Ofsted.”

The inspection took place on May 4th and 5th 2022. For more information, please visit Ofsted’s website.

Visit Oldfields Hall Middle School’s website to find out more.


Uttoxeter Learning Trust thanks local community for supporting its Ukraine appeal

7 April 2022

Some of the donations at Windsor Park C.E. Middle School
Pictured: Some of the donations at Windsor Park C.E. Middle School

Schools across Uttoxeter Learning Trust have joined together and collected donations to help families affected by the Ukraine crisis.

Pupils have donated dried food, first aid kits, sleeping bags, foil survival blankets, nappies, torches with batteries, and toiletries.

Sarah Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, said: “The Ukraine conflict has touched so many lives. I would like to thank all of our schools for supporting this cause.”

She added: “I am especially proud of our pupils who have shown the importance of being good citizens and given so generously to those in urgent need.”

Schools that have supported the appeal include Windsor Park C.E. Middle School on Springfield Road, Picknalls First School on Oldfields Road, and Hutchinson Memorial C.E. First School on Uttoxeter Road.

Headteacher Lisa Wilbraham-JonesLisa Wilbraham-Jones, Headteacher, Windsor Park C.E Middle School, said: “The response was amazing. At a time when many families are struggling financially, we were overwhelmed by the generosity shown. Parents, children and friends dug deep and gave from their hearts.”

She added: “Donations were sorted, packaged and transported to a local church last month that was shipping donations to Poland and Ukraine, showing our young people the importance of giving to those in need.”

Anne Tapp, Headteacher of Picknalls First School, said: “In our school community we have families directly affected by the war in Ukraine and they asked if we would be able to help by being a collection point for donations to aid those affected by the crisis.”

She continued: “Due to the urgency of the situation, we gave our pupils and parents and carers 24 hours to bring in donations so that they could be transported the following day. We are very grateful to our school community for their swift and generous response. Our thoughts continue to be with all of those affected by this distressing situation.”

Paula Snee, Headteacher, Hutchinson Memorial C.E. First School, added: “A huge thank you to all of our families who donated so generously. We were inundated with donations.

“We got in touch with a local company, Listers in Stoke on Trent, who offered to be a collection point for donations and had already sent two lorries filled with emergency aid to Poland. They had one more delivery planned and asked for first aid, toiletries, dried food, nappies and baby milk donations.

“All of the items were sorted, bagged and labelled by our Years 3 and 4 children. It was heart-warming to see our children being involved in emergency aid to help those whose lives have been shattered by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.”


New headteacher appointed to Uttoxeter middle school

28 March 2022

A new headteacher has been appointed to a Uttoxeter middle school.

Annie GrattageAnnie Grattage starts in post at Ryecroft C.E. Middle School, Ashbourne Road, Rocester, on April 25th, 2022.

Ryecroft C.E. Middle School, which is Ofsted graded ‘good’, has approximately 200 pupils aged nine to 13-years-old and is part of Uttoxeter Learning Trust.

Annie will join Uttoxeter Learning Trust from Kingsland C.E. Academy in Stoke-on-Trent where she is currently Vice Principal and has spent most of her teaching career.

Initially starting her career as a classroom teacher, Annie has since held a number of roles including being an English and Maths Leader and a Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

She was designated as a Specialist Leader of Education in 2015 and has supported colleagues in schools across Stoke-on-Trent.

Prior to that, Annie taught English to elementary, junior and senior high school pupils in Osaka, Japan, after graduating from university. She also worked as an English teacher in Barcelona, Spain.

Annie said: “I am delighted and proud to be appointed Headteacher of Ryecroft C.E. Middle School. I am very much looking forward to meeting parents and carers and working with the local community and church as well as colleagues across Uttoxeter Learning Trust.”

She added: “My priorities will be to support and provide the children with opportunities to help them achieve the highest academic standards and develop their individual talents to the full. I believe this can be achieved through a strong partnership between the school, pupils, and parents and carers.”

Sarah Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, said: “I am delighted to welcome Annie to our family of schools which are committed to inspiring learning and inspired children. Annie has a strong track record of expertise. We look forward to Annie joining us in April.”

For more information, visit https://www.ryecroft.staffs.sch.uk


Become a Trustee

22 November 2021

Our Members are currently looking to recruit to our Board of Trustees. We are particularly interested in people with skills and experience in Financial Management/Accountancy, Law, HR and Health and Safety/Premises at a strategic level.

Business meeting. Young team in modern officeTrustees need to be professionally curious and able to support and challenge in equal measure. We are looking for individuals who can be diplomatic and tactful, who can follow a line of questioning at Board level and who can analyse data and statistics effectively. You do not need to have any experience of education, although it may be advantageous. If you have experience of working with a Board that would be very useful.

If you are interested, please contact us supplying a pen-portrait to pa2ceo@uttlt.com