West Grantham C of E Primary Academy and West Grantham C of E Secondary Academy, both now members of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust (SNMAT), are undergoing transformational change under new leadership, says Clare Barber, (Head of Academies).
“Our plans for both schools are already reaping benefits,” said Clare, “with our vision for the future modelled around what is best for the child: creating schools where every child can achieve their best through excellent academic and pastoral provision, where resilience, hard work and aspirations are rewarded, and where children leave our care as well-adjusted, successful and informed students ready for the next stage in life.”
A large part of the transformation has included revised curriculums and new opportunities for secondary students, who will be able to access a wider range of GCSEs from September.
Anna Martin is Executive Principal and she said, “West Grantham Secondary Academy has excellent facilities for all aspects of learning, particularly with regards to science, sports and the Arts. For September 2021, -and to better utilise these great facilities, we have increased the range of GCSE subjects that students can study. These include Health & Social Care, Photography and Business & Enterprise.
“We are also very excited to announce that we will provide our students with access to an industry recognised qualification in Motor Engineering, by working with one of our partner schools, Magnus Academy in Newark.”
“We are also in talks with local businesses to explore routes into employment including work experience, business mentors, apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships.”
For those interested in careers in sports, the West Grantham Secondary Academy in partnership with Magnus Academy, will provide 10 hours of professional coaching in either football, netball, boxing or rugby to support students in achieving a BTEC level 3 in sport. “This equates to 3 A levels” said Anna.
Head of Academies, Clare Barber said she would welcome families into the academies to see the changes for themselves. “Our facilities are impressive, as are our students and staff, but I would urge families to take a tour and see for themselves. We are always happy to show visitors around because we are so proud of the high standards we offer.”
CEO of Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi-Academy Trust Chris Moodie, said that “Our Trust is eager to make sure that the young people of West Grantham are provided with a high-quality education in both primary and secondary phases. This is an exciting time as Anna Martin and her team set about making this vision a reality at both the primary and secondary academies. We are confident that the future will be very bright for both schools and very much welcome visitors to see for themselves.”