Autumn 1 Newsletter

October 25, 2019

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Please find our first Trust Newsletter below.


Autumn 1 2019


Welcome to the White Woods Primary AcademyTrust Newsletter. This newsletter will be published every half term and provide key information about trust-wide developments as well as celebrating the work of our schools.

The Trust was established in September 2013 by three self-converting primary schools and has grown rapidly over the past six years. There are now 13 schools in our trust, all within the borough of Rotherham.

The Trust was founded on and is guided by, a strong ethos centred on improving the life chances of all children regardless of background or ability. At the very forefront of our drive for improved educational standards is developing highly effective teaching and learning and developing a culture of high challenge, strong collaboration, and unrelenting curiosity.

If you have any stories you’d like to share in our next edition please get in touch.

CEO Welcome

Kate Davies, CEO

I am delighted to have been appointed the CEO of White Woods Primary Academy Trust, I officially took up post on July 1st and have already had the opportunity to visit several schools and meet all headteachers. There is some fantastic work happening across the trust already!

Harnessing the existing excellence and developing opportunities for school staff, at all levels, to collaborate is a key part of my role. I have been delighted at the enthusiasm of all to make this happen.

I hope as we move forward and the trust develops there will be greater connectivity between schools, parents and communities and the trust board.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” Helen Keller

I look forward to working with you.

Kate Davies

Our Directors

The strategic direction of the Trust is overseen by a Board of Directors who hold the Trust Central Team to account. The Board is made up of skilled professionals with extensive experience in education, finance, governance, and the law. The Board is responsible for upholding high standards in public life as set out by the Nolan Committee.

Phil Marshall is our current Chair of Directors.

Directors of the Trust are held to account by Trust Members. The current Members are Huw Thomas, Murray Clark, and Alan Richards.

Whiston Worrygoose – English Hub

We are delighted that one of Trust Schools has become an accredited English Hub.

English hub schools will promote a love of reading and support schools across the country to provide excellent phonics and early language teaching. Literacy specialists within each hub will provide tailored support to schools. This will include:

  • running events to showcase excellent practice in teaching reading
  • working with local schools to develop their practice

The hub has already received some excellent feedback from training sessions and has provided useful guidance and advice for schools within the trust.

Our Trust Vision and Values

In September, colleagues from across the Trust spent the day together at Carlton Park, Rotherham co-creating the Trust’s Vision and Values. There was a real ‘buzz’ of enthusiasm and optimism in the room all day, and as a result of the discussions and activities we have been able to produce our revised Trust Vision and distil down our core values.


All of our children, from any background, will be supported to excel both academically and socially, developing the skills of lifelong learners.

Our Mission

Our schools will be exceptional and provide children and adults with a breadth of exciting opportunities promoting curiosity and broadening the mind.

We will build positive, challenging partnerships with each other and the wider community promoting aspiration and ambition.


Our 4 C’s;

Child-centred – Our children are at the heart of all we do.

Collaboration – We work collaboratively, learning and supporting each other to maximise the achievement of our children and adults across the trust.

Curiosity – We embrace new learning and promote curiosity in all, always striving to improve, keeping ‘the main thing the main thing’.


We set ourselves and our children aspirational targets and are open to professional challenge and support.

As we continue to develop and mature as a Trust our 4Cs will serve as our ‘guiding principles’ and underpin all that we do.

Our Trust Improvement Plan 2019/20

Just as every school will have it’s own individual School Improvement Plan the Trust has an Improvement Plan that is written to support its strategic development. Together with the Trust’s 10 Key Performance Indicators, this provides clear criteria and guidance supporting Directors in their role of holding Executive Leaders to account.

The image below is a visual overview of the Trusts Improvement Plan 2019/20.

The Totty Cup!

Well done to Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary school who are through to the Quarter Finals of the Totty Cup!

They were the overall winners of their heats, winning 4 out of 4 games!

Congratulations to all involved, we look forward to hearing about the next round!

We are moving!

We are moving the trust offices from Wickersley Northfield School to Canklow after the October half term. Many thanks to all staff at Northfield who have been so welcoming to the trust team for the last 3 years.

Contact us;

White Woods Primary Academy Trust

Wickersley Northfield Primary School

Northfield Road



Telephone; 01709 267019


Follow us on Twitter; @WhiteWoodsPAT1

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