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Taylor Wimpey are building fantastic collection of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes in Polesworth
AB Optics Voucher
AB Optics the opticians in the village are going to give the Polesworth School PTA £5.00 for every eye test if students or friends of the school take in the voucher below.
AB Optics want to promote healthy eyes and build a relationship with the school. Remember that eye tests are free on the NHS for our students so this is a great offer for the school.
The Polesworth School and Birchwood Primary School awarded National Teaching School status
The Polesworth School and Birchwood Primary School – founding schools of the Community Academies Trust have been chosen to help train the next generation of teachers
There are only 700 Teaching Schools nationally out of 24,000 schools. They take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession. They identify and develop leadership potential; they provide support for other schools, and work with schools across their alliance to raise standards of teaching. The latest designation round takes the number of Teaching Schools nationally to over 700.
The Polesworth School and Birchwood Primary School are two of 54 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest round.
Introduced in 2011, Teaching Schools are all rated as “outstanding". They work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.
They raise standards through supporting other schools, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.
Philip Hamilton, Executive Headteacher of The Polesworth School and CEO of the Community Academies Trust said: “This is further recognition of the wonderful achievements of the professionals who work in both schools. The quality they provide for our young people and their approach to making sure the best practice is the norm every day in both our schools has not only led to the establishment of our very successful multi academy trust but now recognition as national centres of excellence. The Teaching School Alliance will be called the Community Academies Trust Teaching School (CATTS). This name originates from the name of our established and successful multi academy trust that is supporting schools across the midlands.”
Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, which has responsibility, in partnership with Headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme said:
“I’d like to congratulate both The Polesworth School and Birchwood Primary School - they should be very proud of this achievement. Teaching schools have shown themselves to be at the heart of school improvement. They’re supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders.“
Philip Hamilton and Edward May (Executive Headteacher at Birchwood Primary School) have also been recognised as National Leaders of Education. Edward May commented “Since Philip and I joined forces to found the Community Academies Trust 4 years ago, we have been working with other schools and supporting their development. Our Trust has incredible professionals working for the young people in our care. Those staff understand what truly great schools are and as a Teaching School Alliance will continue to add to local and national capacity for school improvement and even better outcomes for young people. ”
Parent Pay Shop - Now Open!
Parent Pay Shop – items available to purchase are School Ties, Revision Guides, Calculators and Art supplies.
Our new online Scholastic Book Club is up and running!
You can now order and pay for your books securely online and have the benefit of free delivery into School. To browse the latest books and order online go to
There are hundreds of fantastic discounted children’s books to choose from and every £1 you spend will earn 20p for our school.
Parents' Evening Appointments
As you are aware, at Polesworth we operate a Parents’ Consultation system which gives all parents the opportunity to see staff more than once a year.
In order to give all parents the same opportunities, we are asking you to limit bookings to no more than twice a year with the same member of staff.
We will continue to support your child in their school life as we have always done. If you have any specific concerns please contact the appropriate Head of House or Head of Department who will be happy to liaise with you.
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