Tom Pursglove MP meets pupils at St Peter’s C.E. Academy

Posted 22 November 2018

Last week pupils at St Peter’s C.E. Academy, Raunds, had the chance to meet their local Member of Parliament, Mr Tom Pursglove MP, when he dropped in to chat to the School Parliament.

During the visit, which also included a guided tour of the junior school, pupils had the opportunity to find out more about Mr Pursglove’s life as an MP, from responding to local causes, to having his say on national and international issues in the House of Commons.

Each pupil prepared a range of questions for Mr Pursglove to answer, with hot topics; including Brexit, the importance of the NHS, and the true cost of litter and pollution in the UK.

The School Parliament members, who are all democratically elected by their peers, also spoke to Mr Pursglove about the pride they take in their roles within the school community.

Following his visit, Mr Pursglove has now invited the pupils to visit him in Westminster to take a tour of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, so that they can see life in Parliament for themselves.

Mrs Jeffrey, Principal at St Peter’s CE Academy, said: “The pupils thoroughly enjoyed meeting Mr Pursglove MP. They prepared some challenging questions and were very interested in finding out more about how our political system works across the UK”.

“We’re really looking forward to making a trip to the Houses of Parliament, so that our very own School Parliament can see democracy in action.

New term and new trust for Rushden school

Posted 27 September 2018

Pupils from a Rushden school had a week of celebration at the start of term to mark all that the school had achieved and the start of an exciting new future.

Having recently joined the Nene Education Trust, Newton Road School spent the week looking back at the history of the school as well as looking ahead to the opportunities which await every pupil.

The school, formerly Risdene Academy, had been run by the Education Fellowship Trust before the trust asked to transfer all of its 12 schools, including seven in Wellingborough, Rushden and Raunds, back to the Department of Education in March 2017.

Principal Kerry Mills said: “Every pupil here is on a journey, their dreams are as big as they believe them to be and we are here to nurture those dreams. This is a brand-new start for everyone at Newton Road School. As a school that has been here for over a hundred years, we are an important part of the local community and are proud to be known by that name again. As part of a local academy trust, we are looking forward to enhancing opportunities that our pupils will have to broaden their experiences beyond their own classroom.”

The week culminated in an event with representatives from the Nene Education Trust, joining pupils, their families and school staff from the school for a special celebration.

Year 6 pupils Keiran Daley, Arianna Soloman and Alfie McDermott read the poem ‘You can be whatever you want to be’ by Donna Levine and the whole school sang ‘Believe’ by Lin Marsh. The celebration ended with Gerry Finnegan, who is the longest serving staff member at the school, and the youngest pupil, Brodie-Lee Melville, cutting a ribbon to symbolise the beginning of the future.

Chris Hill, CEO of the Nene Education Trust, said: “I am very much looking forward to getting to know each and every one of the pupils here at Newton Road School. This is a very exciting time for everyone to be involved in the future of the school and everyone at the trust is passionate about making Newton Road the very best it can be.”

Miss Mills spoke to both the pupils and the community at the event, and said: “Whether the children at Newton Road School have been here for a few years or have joined us just a few weeks ago, this is the beginning of a new journey for us all. Myself and all the staff at the school and within the trust are excited to make the school the very best for the children and give them the best opportunities for them to achieve their dreams.”

And with several lunches and cupcakes left over from the celebrations that needed a good home, a call went in to the Sanctuary Night Shelter. Marie Borg, manager of the shelter, came straight up to accept the gift and said: “Thank you to everyone at Newton Road School for the donation. People who come through our doors always get a good meal but this will be a treat tonight for them. We welcome all donations and as we have today been more than happy to collect.”

Newton Road School will be opening its doors on Tuesday (September 25) and Thursday (September 27) to prospective pupils and parents who would like to join the school next September. For more information call the school on 01933 353761.

Top universities beckon for Manor students

Students from Manor School Sports College were smiling over the Summer as they celebrated some of the school’s strongest results.

Mr Davenport, Principal, said: “As school we are up on almost every A-Level measure on previous years.”

“While we have made improvements across the board, we have had some really impressive changes in some of the traditionally more challenging subjects, such as the Sciences. What this means is that most of our students have secured their first-choice place at some of the most prestigious universities and employers in the country.

Imogen Johnson, for example, got a clean sweep of A*s and As and is heading off to Cambridge to study Medicine. Noah Drage secured As in Physics and Maths as well as a Distinction* in BTEC ICT and will now be attending University Nottingham to study Mathematics.

William Berridge also secured a raft of top grades and will be attending Lancaster University to study Mechanical Engineering.

Jacob Spolton stated ‘I am delighted and appreciate the support that I have received from both the teachers and support staff. I am so excited for what the future holds.’

Mr Davenport said: “These results are testament to the hard work and efforts of our staff and students and the support from parents.

“They are also an important milestone for us. We have big plans for our Sixth Form offer and the students this year have helped raise the bar to show what we can collectively achieve. I am delighted for our young people and very excited about the future for both them and us.”

Governors recruitment event

Posted 14 June 2018

We will be holding a governors recruitment event at our central office on Wednesday 4 July 2018, 5.00pm-7.00pm.

The Manor Learning Trust is soon to be a 5 school Trust and currently includes Manor School, St Peters C E Academy and Stanwick Primary. We have plans to further improve the educational experiences and outcomes of the young people in our academies and are seeking new governors who wish to contribute towards our long term vision and future success. Our governor recruitment evening will provide the opportunity to find out more about our academies and what we have to offer.

If you have the time, skills, energy and commitment for this rewarding and fulfilling role we would look forward to meeting you at this event.

For more information please telephone 01933 627082 or email

New Chief Executive Officer appointed

Posted 25 April 2018

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am very pleased to announce we have appointed Chris Hill as Chief Executive Officer of the Manor Learning Trust.

Recently, Chris has been working on a part time basis as the Interim CEO which provided stability and enabled Trust plans for growth and development to still move forward while we undertook a formal recruitment process.

Chris joins us with a proven track record of successful Headship and Senior Leader experience in a range of educational settings including another Multi Academy Trust.

Chris will provide strategic leadership and direction, build capacity and continue to develop structures and grow the offer for our schools to ensure those who are part of the Trust are fully supported and standards continue to improve.

During the summer term, Chris will operate in this role on a part time basis; moving to full time from 1 September 2018. The Board of Directors look forward to working closely with Chris to deliver the Trust’s vision and enable all our young people to achieve their highest potential, academically, socially and personally regardless of their background. We wish him every success in this role.

Dudley Hughes
Chair of the Manor Learning Trust

Expansion of the Manor Learning Trust

Posted 19 April 2018

We are delighted to welcome Risdene Academy, a primary in Rushden, and Windmill Primary School in Raunds into our family of academies.

We have been working with both schools for close to a year, and during this time it has become clear that we have shared values, complementary skills and a joint passion for supporting our local community.

I have every confidence that these elements will be the building blocks of what will be a very successful and fruitful partnership; a partnership that will benefit the children and young people across all our academies.

We did not, however, make the decision to grow our Trust without a great deal of care and consideration. We would like to thank the parents and staff of Risdene and Windmill for their considered opinions about their schools’ futures during a listening period in March, as well as recognise the efforts of our own staff who are working to address how we can best grasp the opportunities that having five academies in the network will offer.

This is an important milestone for our Trust, and one that reflects the progress and achievements that pupils in the Manor Learning Trust make.

Dudley Hughes
Chair of the Manor Learning Trust

Posted 1 February 2018

The Trust Board of the Manor Learning Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Chris Hill as interim Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 February 2018. Mr Chris Hill has extensive experience as a senior leader in the field of education and we are confident he is the right person to lead the Trust at this time.

The formal recruitment process to find a permanent Chief Executive Officer is underway and further details will follow.

Dudley Hughes
Chair of the Manor Learning Trust

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