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The latest news and views from across Anthem Multi-Academy Trust

  • 12/07/19

    A new name for CfBT Schools Trust

    We are delighted to announce that on 2 July 2019, CfBT Schools Trust changed its name to Anthem Schools Trust. The Trust will unveil its Anthem branding with the launch of a new website in September
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  • 13/05/19

    Oracy takes centre stage at Oxford Spires Academy

    On Thursday, 9 May student speakers stepped up to the mike in front of an audience of fellow students, staff and parents for the annual Oxford Spires Academy House Public Speaking competition.
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  • 01/03/19

    Year 9 students get down to business in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge

    On Wednesday, 27 February, Year 9 students at The Deepings School took part in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge to learn more about entrepreneurship and develop their key skills. 
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  • 22/10/18

    Benjamin Adlard wins Gold Teaching Award ​​​​​​​

    Benjamin Adlard Primary School has been named School of the Year – Making a Difference in the 20th annual Pearson Teaching Awards in recognition for its exceptional work in transforming the lives of children.
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  • 19/10/18

    Caring student nominated for community award

    A Year 7 student from Oakbank School has been nominated Young Person of the Year in the Pride of Reading Awards for her compassion towards others.
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  • 23/08/18

    GCSE Results Day: class of 2018 look forward to bright futures

    Year 11 students across CST’s five secondary schools collected their GCSE results today, with many now looking forward to a positive start to their post-16 pathways on the back of their performance in this year’s harder exams.
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  • 16/08/18

    Sixth Form stars shine on A level results day

    All the hard work and waiting has paid off for Year 13 students across CST secondary schools today as they collected an impressive set of A level and BTEC results that will see many going on to study at top universities or secure high-quality apprenticeships and employment. Overall, the Trust has se...
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  • 12/07/18

    Student speakers take centre stage at cross-Trust contest

    On Wednesday, 11 July, students from CST’s five secondary schools put on a dazzling display of verbal dexterity at the Trust’s inaugural public speaking and debating competition, Speak up!
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  • 25/06/18

    Benjamin Adlard Primary School celebrates Silver Teaching Award

    Benjamin Adlard Primary School in Gainsborough has scooped a Silver Teaching Award in the category School of the Year - ‘Making a difference’ supported by Future First.
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  • 25/06/18

    Talented young poets win national acclaim

    An anthology of poetry by students at CST's Oxford Spires Academy published earlier this month is winning national recognition for its moving portrayal of the experiences of young migrants.
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  • 11/06/18

    St Mark’s Academy scoops top accolade for values-based education

    CST’s St Mark’s Academy in Mitcham, South London has become the first secondary school in the country to be awarded the Enhanced Valued-Based Education (VbE) Quality Mark.
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  • 25/05/18

    Meadow Park Academy celebrates Ofsted recognition

    Meadow Park Academy in Reading has been praised by Ofsted for its transformation into a good and improving school with outstanding early years provision, just two years after being placed in the requires improvement category.
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  • 18/05/18

    Trust launches training for talented future leaders

    CST’s National Professional Qualification (NPQ) programmes for school leaders got underway this month with our very first NPQH and NPQSL cohorts taking part in their inaugural training sessions.
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  • 09/05/18

    Nurturing approach propels Benjamin Adlard towards prestigious prize

    The dedicated team at Benjamin Adlard Primary School have been recognised for their work with a nomination in the 2018 Pearson Teaching Awards.
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  • 15/03/18

    BBC School Report 2018

    Budding young journalists have been hard at work across CfBT Schools Trust’s secondary schools producing films for BBC School Report 2018.
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  • 05/02/18

    Deepings receives top award for careers education

    The Deepings School has been recognised for achieving excellence in its Careers, Employability and Enterprise programme by securing the Quality in Careers Standard – Career Mark – Platinum Award
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  • 26/01/18

    Blog: Training at the chalkface has set me up for my new teaching career

    When Jonno Mulhern decided a career change was in order, he found the perfect way to fulfil his ambition of becoming a teacher as a student of the Deepings school-based training programme.
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  • 05/12/17

    Ofsted sees values in action at St Mark’s Academy

    St Mark’s Academy’s outstanding work to promote the personal development and welfare of its pupils has won recognition from Ofsted in its latest inspection report, published today.
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  • 07/11/17

    Queensbury Academy makes a Good impression when inspectors call

    CST’s Queensbury Academy has been judged Good in all areas following its latest Ofsted inspection.
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  • 11/10/17

    Celebrity chef gives St Mark's students some food for thought

    On Monday, 9 October, inspirational chef and former model Lorraine Pascale visited CST's St Mark's Academy to share stories of her life and her 'confidence code' with an audience of Sixth Form students.
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  • 25/08/17

    GCSE Results Day: Class of 2017 do CST schools proud

    Year 11 students from CST’s five secondary schools have achieved a strong set of Key Stage 4 results, with some stand-out individual performances at each school.
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  • 11/07/17

    Abbey Woods Academy reaches milestone on road to improvement

    Abbey Woods Academy has reached an important milestone on the school’s improvement journey after being removed from Special Measures by Ofsted following a two-day inspection on 23 and 24 May.
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  • 07/07/17

    Enterprising Deepings team rise to the challenge

    On Tuesday, 4 July a group of enterprising Year 9 students from The Deepings School travelled to the Telford International Centre to take part in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge Finals. 
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  • 06/06/17

    Ofsted grades Gladstone Park ‘Good’ in every way

    Almost three years to the day since joining CfBT Schools Trust (CST), Gladstone Park Primary in Brent, North London, has been judged Good in all areas by Ofsted following its first inspection as an academy.
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  • 18/05/17

    Blog: Our journey into the great outdoors ​​​​​​​

    How can you transform a whole school community? In the case of Boston West Academy, you take things outside. Headteacher Mike Schofield shares the school’s inspirational story.
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  • 11/05/17

    Blog: Why counsellors have a place at the heart of our school

    At a time when schools are being urged to pay more attention to pupils’ mental health and wellbeing, headteacher Angela Anterkyi explains why this ethos has long been part of the lifeblood of her own school. 
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  • 05/05/17

    Visiting wordsmiths give students a taste of the write stuff

    Students and staff at The Deepings School enjoyed a day of literary workshops and presentations last week when it opened its doors to four best-selling authors as part of The Deepings Literary Festival community event.
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  • 25/04/17

    Blog: Giving maths a global makeover

    CST subject specialist Lesley Wright loves her maths – and is on a mission to win over reluctant learners to its wonders with the help of fellow enthusiasts from all over the world.
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  • 04/04/17

    Deepings exhibition puts learning on display

    CST secondary school The Deepings has marked the end of the Spring term with a celebration of students’ progress in its first ever Exhibition of Learning.
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  • 24/03/17

    Children’s mental health takes centre stage at Gladstone Park ​​​​​​​

    On Wednesday, 15 March CST's Gladstone Park Primary School played host to an annual event for Place2Be, a charity that provides in-school counselling services to children and young people.
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  • 08/03/17

    Aspiring women leaders can turn to coach Caroline

    Caroline Boreham, Assistant Head at The Deepings School, has been recommended and accepted as a national coach for women who are aspiring middle and senior leaders in education as part of the Department for Education’s Women Leading in Education scheme.
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  • 07/03/17

    Big Lottery Fund gives pupils a sporting chance

    Meadow Park Academy in Reading has received a grant of £9858 from the Big Lottery Fund through their Awards for All programme to provide lunchtime multi-sports clubs and other physical activity sessions for groups of pupils.
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  • 14/02/17

    Meadow Park pupils enjoy virtual adventures 

    Technology giant Google selected CST's Meadow Park Academy in Reading to take part in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program on Wednesday, 1 February.
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  • 01/02/17

    Blog: Taking a stanza – the poetic teacher that helped me find my verse

    Oxford Spires student Tarzina describes how working with Writer in Residence Kate Clanchy gave her confidence to produce and read poetry about her country of birth.
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  • 26/01/17

    CfBT Schools Trust names new Chief Executive

    CfBT Schools Trust (CST) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Yarrow as its new Chief Executive, with effect from 13 March 2017.
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  • 19/01/17

    CST welcomes Australian colleagues

    Five new recruits are acclimatising to school life – and weather – in the UK this month after arriving from Australia to take up teaching posts in four CST secondary schools.
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  • 22/11/16

    Blog: Research and the art of whole-school development

    Hannah Fahey, Senior Vice Principal at St Mark’s Academy, makes the case for research engagement as an important tool for improving learning at all levels. 
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  • 25/10/16

    CST begins search for next CEO

    We are seeking to appoint an exceptional Chief Executive Officer to lead our collaborative family of schools through the next phase of its development.
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  • 20/10/16

    Research, Review, Report: evidence from CST classrooms

    The use of feedback, the role of middle leaders, and student engagement are just some of the areas explored by teacher and student researchers in a new report published today by CfBT Schools Trust (CST) and Education Development Trust.
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  • 27/09/16

    The Deepings steps up teacher training status

    This month sees the official launch of CST’s very own school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) programme following migration of the former CfBT Lincolnshire SCITT to The Deepings School.
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  • 14/09/16

    BLOG: Light at the end of the Tunnel

    Sam Foster and his fellow teachers from CST’s St Mark’s Academy found hope and inspiration when they spent a week with refugee children in the classrooms of the Calais refugee camp this summer.
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  • 06/09/16

    A summer of Ofsted successes

    The summer term ended on a high note for CfBT Schools Trust after three more of its schools received Good and Outstanding verdicts from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate.
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  • 06/09/16

    New year, new website!

    The start of the new academic year sees the launch of a brand new website for CfBT Schools Trust
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