Fylde Coast Academy Trust Newshttp://www.fcat.org.uk/Armfield Academy questionnaire now LIVE!http://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2017-04-24-armfield-academy-questionnaire-now-livehttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2017-04-24-armfield-academy-questionnaire-now-live<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://goo.gl/forms/p0ahOZACFi1Koslt2"><img alt="" src="/images/banners/ARMFIELD_ACADEMY_QUESTIONNAIRE_BANNER.jpg" style="width: 870px; height: 297px;" /></a></p> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/logo/FCAT-Logo_-CoreValues(1).jpgFri, 13 Jan 2017 09:47:43 GMTFCAT students welcome Lord Winstonhttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-11-22-fcat-students-welcome-lord-winstonhttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-11-22-fcat-students-welcome-lord-winston<p>One of the leading figures in British science, Professor Lord Robert Winston was welcomed by FCAT students earlier this week as he arrived as the guest of honour for the &#39;Building futures in STEM&#39; event at Blackpool Sixth Form College. Jodie from Aspire Academy along with Sophie and Michael from Unity Academy greeted Lord Winston and later showed him around the STEM exhibit before taking their seats for his truly&nbsp;inspirational speech.</p> <p>Lord Winston spoke to each of the students about their interest&nbsp;in science and what they plan to study in the future.</p> <p>Lord Winston is well known as a leading figure within the field of reproductive and developmental biology and also from his enormously popular TV programmes on a wide range of scientific topics. &nbsp;He speaks regularly in the House of Lords on education, science, medicine and the arts and is currently Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.</p> <p>He gave a fascinating talk about the development of science and technology through history. &nbsp;He drew the audience&rsquo;s attention to the astonishing pace of progress in modern science and the huge benefits but also dangers this brings. He argued that a key priority for all of society was to vastly increase our level of &lsquo;scientific literacy&rsquo; so that everyone can be aware of how best to make use of the opportunities presented by modern science.&nbsp;</p> <p>He went on to warn of the media&rsquo;s tendency to exaggerate scientific breakthroughs and gave insightful examples of how the ultimate uses of inventions are only usually known many years after the initial discovery has been made. &nbsp;He gave a detailed example from his own work in which research he had done for the World Health Organisation in the 1960s had been intended to improve contraception but ended up paving the way for key aspects of in-vitro fertilisation.</p> <p>His talk was full of humour and anecdotes from his own remarkable life in science and the arts (he was a successful theatre director for a while and is chairman of the Royal College of Music). &nbsp;He took questions from the audience at the end on a variety of scientific topics. &nbsp;He recalled the inspiration his own science teachers had given him and encouraged the young people in the audience to share their enthusiasm for science and technology with future generations.</p> <p><em>The celebration evening, entitled &lsquo;Building Futures in STEM&rsquo; was&nbsp;attended by over 200 guests from the educational, science and business community&nbsp;as well as school, college and university students. &nbsp;</em></p> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/FCAT_Students_Meet_Lord_Winston(1).jpgTue, 22 Nov 2016 10:53:23 GMTThe Avenue Academy boards now on site!http://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-11-01-the-avenue-academy-boards-now-on-sitehttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-11-01-the-avenue-academy-boards-now-on-site<p style="text-align: justify;"><img alt="" src="/images/gallery/AVENUE_ACADEMY_BANNER_on_site_2.JPG" style="float: right; width: 200px; height: 200px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/gallery/AVENUE_ACADEMY_BANNER_on_site_3.JPG" style="margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: right; width: 200px; height: 200px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We are delighted with the name <strong>&lsquo;The Avenue&rsquo;</strong> and have very recently mounted three notice boards at key locations to inform our local community of the chosen name and the site having being acquired by FCAT to develop a 2-16 through school in time for a September 2018 opening.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Already some areas of the site have been tidied up with the playing fields receiving some pre-winter maintenance and the grass cut.</p> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/1024x1024s/gallery/AVENUE_ACADEMY_BANNER_on_site.JPGTue, 01 Nov 2016 10:37:37 GMTNew school named 'The Avenue'http://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-10-12-new-school-named-the-avenuehttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-10-12-new-school-named-the-avenue<p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/The_Avenue_Academy_Gazette_Press_Cutting_12th_Oct.jpg" style="height: 1676px; width: 800px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h5 style="text-align: center;">For further updates regarding The Avenue Academy - Please <a href="http://fcat.org.uk/about-us/The-Avenue-Academy"><strong>click here</strong></a></h5> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/logo/FCAT-Logo_-CoreValues(1).jpgTue, 01 Nov 2016 10:56:31 GMTNew School UPDATEhttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-09-15-new-school-updatehttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-09-15-new-school-update<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/gallery/FCAT_Old_Arnold_Site_for_new_school.jpg" style="height: 996px; width: 790px;" /></p> <p><strong>** NEW 2-16 SCHOOL UPDATE ***</strong></p> <p>Thank you to everyone who has already posted a comment on the FCAT website &lsquo;Proposed School&rsquo;.&nbsp; We already have 64 comments with most contributors thrilled that the former Arnold site (please see images of former school buildings either side of Arnold Avenue) is to be developed as a 2-16 &lsquo;through-school&rsquo; by the Fylde Coast Academy Trust in partnership with the Education Funding Agency.&nbsp; Many comments offer suggestions for suitable names for the new school.&nbsp; These include reference to geographical location, famous former pupils, ex-headteachers, founders.&nbsp; Clearly the choice of naming the school is a big decision and it is receiving the highest level of consultation.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/gallery/Arnold_3.JPG" style="margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; height: 195px; width: 260px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/gallery/Arnold_4.JPG" style="height: 195px; width: 260px; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px;" /><img alt="" src="/images/gallery/Arnold_2.JPG" style="height: 195px; width: 260px; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><strong>Please continue to leave your comments in the box below along with any suggestions of a suitable name for our&nbsp;new school.</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="750" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iuDO6c3WANbRwf7iG8nW3kHl9jMft-Ptde-Gj4lz9Dc/viewform?embedded=true" width="760">Loading...</iframe></p> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/1024x1024s/gallery/Arnold_4.JPGThu, 15 Sep 2016 13:31:45 GMTHolidays are over!http://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-08-30-holidays-are-overhttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-08-30-holidays-are-over<p><a href="http://fcat.org.uk/files/images/FCAT%20NEWS%20STORIES%20JPGS/FCAT_Inset_Marine_Hall.jpg"><img src="http://fcat.org.uk/files/images/FCAT%20NEWS%20STORIES%20JPGS/FCAT_Inset_Marine_Hall.jpg" style="height: 483px; width: 870px;" /></a></p> <p><strong><em>A selection of photos from the event can be viewed below:&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p>{gallery:Marine Hall Inset - 30th August 2016}</p> http://www.fcat.org.ukThu, 15 Sep 2016 14:03:46 GMTVIP Visit to Aspire Academyhttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-06-17-vip-visit-to-aspire-academyhttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-06-17-vip-visit-to-aspire-academy<p style="margin-bottom: 15px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px;">Mr John Barnett MBE, High Sheriff of Lancashire, visited Aspire Academy recently and was extremely impressed with all of the&nbsp;students and the standard of teaching in classrooms.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px;">Mr Barnett will return to Aspire Academy&nbsp;at a later date to join groups of our student parliament in discussions about various topics that concern them.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px;">Pictured above is Mr Barnett with Mr Topping during his visit; and below&nbsp;in his official uniform.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/sheriff.jpg" style="height: 380px; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; width: 300px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/FullSizeRender.jpgFri, 17 Jun 2016 09:58:07 GMTMontgomery Ofsted Praise!http://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-05-06-montgomery-ofsted-praisehttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-05-06-montgomery-ofsted-praise<p>Following a recent visit during April of Her Majesty&#39;s Inspectors, staff and governors of Montgomery High School in Bispham are delighted to hear from Ofsted that the school no longer requires special measures. The report states that the &#39;effectiveness of leadership and management is good&#39; and that &#39;senior leaders provide strong, clear direction. A &#39;no excuses&#39; culture permeates the school.&#39;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Executive Principal, Tony Nicholson said:</strong> &#39;this Ofsted report recognises the hard work of all staff, students and the wider school community in taking Montgomery High School out of special measures on an &#39;upward trajectory of improvement&#39; in a very short time.&nbsp;&nbsp;We are not complacent and recognise that there is still much work to do in taking students to those higher levels of performance and progress throughout their five years with us&#39;.</p> <p><strong>Tony Nicholson continued:</strong>&nbsp;&#39;This quality leadership has been closely supported by governors, known as the Academy Council and the Fylde Coast Academy Trust, who continue to have an accurate view of the school&#39;s strengths and areas to improve&#39;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://fcat.org.uk/files/images/FCAT%20NEWS%20STORIES%20JPGS/Montgomery_Ofsted_Front_and_Page_6(1).jpg">Click here</a></strong> to view the Blackpool Evening Gazette article of this story.</p> <p><a href="http://montgomeryschool.co.uk/Information/ofsted-report"><strong>Click here</strong></a> to view the Ofsted report in full (April 2016)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img alt="" src="/images/news/IMG_1891.JPG" style="height: 515px; width: 800px; margin: 10px;" /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><b>The only way is up! : </b>Staff and students celebrate recent Ofsted praise</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/IMG_1894.JPGFri, 06 May 2016 11:06:29 GMTPorticus visit FCAThttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-04-27-porticus-visit-fcathttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-04-27-porticus-visit-fcat<p style="text-align: center;"><em><strong>Front left to right:</strong> Adam Berry, Mark Brenninkmeijer &amp; Paul O&#39;Neill accompanied by Aspire Academy students</em></p> <p>Earlier this month, the Fylde Coast Academy Trust welcomed some very special guests to the newly built Aspire Academy on Blackpool Old Road. The visitors were from an international organisation known as <strong>Porticus. </strong>The two <strong>Porticus</strong> representatives were Chairman, Mark Brenninkmeijer and Grant Manager, Adam Berry accompanied by the Director of Programmes from Right to Succeed, Paul O&rsquo;Neill.&nbsp; This event is part of a programme of visits through Blackpool Challenge and Right to Succeed where senior business leaders are meeting with students and staff in our schools.</p> <div><img alt="" src="/images/news/JT,_Mark,_Adam,_Paul.JPG" style="height: 265px; width: 450px; float: right; margin: 5px 0px;" /></div> <p>The team had an opportunity to discuss aspects of life in Blackpool as well as hopes and dreams of young people.&nbsp; Discussions with Aspire staff and students included the ongoing collaborative improvement work across the Fylde Coast Academy Trust.&nbsp; The meeting concluded with a brief tour of the brand-new Aspire Academy site.</p> <p><em>Porticus is an international organisation that manages and develops the philanthropic programmes of charitable entities established by Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs.&nbsp;</em><em>They collaborate with partners around the globe to foster human dignity, social justice and sustainability. Working within Porticus&rsquo; strategic themes of education, society, faith and care, as well as in the field of economic development and climate change, their aim is to contribute to systemic social change by combining our thematic expertise with our grassroots networks all over the world. </em></p> <p><em><strong>Picture&nbsp;</strong></em><strong><i style="text-align: right;">Left to right:&nbsp;</i></strong><em>John Topping Deputy Principal, Mark Brenninkmeijer, Adam Berry, Paul O&rsquo;Neill</em></p> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/Adam,_Mark,_Paul_plus_Aspire_students.JPGWed, 27 Apr 2016 13:44:31 GMTFCAT Premises and Health & Safety Governors Traininghttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-03-22-fcat-premises-and-health-safety-governors-traininghttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-03-22-fcat-premises-and-health-safety-governors-training<p style="text-align: center;"><strong>(<em>Photo left to right - Gail Neale, Gary Fletcher, Keely Jones, John Topping, Lisa Knowles)</em></strong></p> <p>The first FCAT Governors Premises and Health &amp; Safety training session took place on Wednesday 16 March at Unity Academy.&nbsp; Led by John Topping, FCAT Director of Resources and Gary Fletcher, FCAT Health and Safety Lead,&nbsp;the 90 minute session looked at a wide range of governance related features&nbsp;associated with&nbsp;a quality strategic oversight of school premises and the&nbsp;linked health and safety requirements.</p> <p><strong>John Topping said:</strong>&nbsp;&quot;feedback from delegates indicates that more sessions on this topic would be&nbsp;welcomed; focusing on specific areas of Health and Safety and the way in which FCAT policies can be tailored to cover the requirements of individual academies.&nbsp; Additional comments indicated that the session made one delegate very aware of their important responsibilities as an academy&nbsp;governor.&nbsp; Gary and I look forward to leading further sessions on this very important&nbsp;component of governor training within our FCAT multi academy trust&quot;.</p> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/1024x1024s/gallery/FCAT_Premises&HealthandSafety_Governors_Training.jpgTue, 22 Mar 2016 09:53:43 GMTFCAT Academies Away-Day 2016http://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-03-17-fcat-academies-away-day-2016http://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-03-17-fcat-academies-away-day-2016<p>Over 50 delegates attended the Fylde Coast Academy Trust&rsquo;s &lsquo;Academies Away-Day&rsquo; at the Village Hotel on Friday 11 March.&nbsp; Attendees at this latest training event worked around a full and varied agenda that included an Analysis of our FCAT Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), a self-assessment of FCAT, an insight into the latest &lsquo;Prevent&rsquo; strategy (to help combat radicalisation of young people) and an overview of Mental Toughness of students and staff.&nbsp; The day was rounded off with delegates moving into specific Academy Groups to examine individual academy development plans and to identify specific key priorities for the next academic year.</p> <p>During the morning session three Primary Headteachers Susan Wilson, Pam Birch and Cheryl Brindle who are all National Leaders in Education gave delegates a detailed insight into Primary-Secondary Transition projects that they are currently overseeing within FCAT academies..</p> <p><strong>Felicity Greeves, FCAT Chief Executive Officer said:&nbsp;</strong>&quot;we value the importance of excellent governance in improving outcomes for young people and for ensuring our organisations deliver best value.&nbsp; We are very grateful for the time given by our Academy Councils and are&nbsp;always interested in recruiting new members when governor vacancies arise&quot;.</p> <p><em><strong>A selection of images from the event can be viewed below:</strong></em></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{gallery:FCAT Academies Away-Day 2016}</span></p> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/IMAG0733.jpgTue, 22 Mar 2016 10:47:22 GMTFCAT Teaching & Learning Marketplacehttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-01-26-fcat-teaching-learning-marketplacehttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-01-26-fcat-teaching-learning-marketplace<p>On Wednesday 20th January teachers from across the Fylde Coast Academy Trust came together for a Teaching and Learning Market Place hosted by Blackpool Sixth Form College and the Fylde Coast Teaching School. They were joined by representatives from the local maths hub and science networks to share best practice in all aspects of teaching and learning.&nbsp;Senior leaders also hosted stalls showcasing best practice in leadership and training.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/news/IMG_1094.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/news/IMG_1097.JPG" style="height: 200px; width: 300px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;In all about 150 Staff from Aspire, Unity and Montgomery engaged&nbsp;enthusiastically with the 35 stalls provided and networked with colleagues. The event is the second of three collaborative events which punctuate the CPD calendar for FCAT staff allowing them focused time and space to gather best practice in line with performance targets, which are to be reviewed in the upcoming mid-year reviews.</p> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/IMG_1075.JPGTue, 26 Jan 2016 10:29:44 GMTFCAT attends Blackpool Challenge Board Dinnerhttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-01-21-fcat-attends-blackpool-challenge-board-dinnerhttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2016-01-21-fcat-attends-blackpool-challenge-board-dinner<p style="text-align: center;"><em><strong>Photo (left to right):</strong></em> <em>John Topping,&nbsp;Professor Sonia Blandford (Chair of Blackpool Challenge),</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Dame Julia Cleverdon and&nbsp;Tony Nicholson (Deputy CEO of FCAT)</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A lively round table discussion was held at the De Vere Hotel for Blackpool Challenge Board members and a range of visitors from charitable organisations, local employers, academies&nbsp;and&nbsp;other teaching organisations.</p> <p>During a splendid 3 course dinner discussions were led by Dame Julia Cleverdon from Business in the Community focusing on how we can all best support the Blackpool Challenge;&nbsp;helping children in the&nbsp;town to achieve the&nbsp;highest possible educational outcomes&#39;, said John Topping, Director of Resources for The Fylde Coast Academy Trust.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/Blackpool_Challenge_Dinner_at_DeVere.JPGThu, 21 Jan 2016 11:59:02 GMTFCAT plan for a new schoolhttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2015-12-15-fcat-plan-for-a-new-schoolhttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2015-12-15-fcat-plan-for-a-new-school<p>A new all-age school is being&nbsp;planned for Blackpool by&nbsp;The Fylde Coast Academy&nbsp;Trust.</p> <p>If the proposal is accepted the facility will be up and running by September 2017 and cater for 1,090 students at full capacity. It will be the first purpose built new school of its kind in the resort in decades.<br /> No official plans have been drawn up yet but it will be modelled on Unity Academy on Warbreck Hill Road, which caters for pupils from nursery age up to 16.<br /> Although no specific area has been identified &ndash; the Department for Education is responsible for allocating the site &ndash; it is hoped that the new facility will be in the south of Blackpool and would have a catchment area spreading as far as Lytham and St Annes.</p> <p>Felicity Greeves, chief executive of the academy trust and pictured above being interviewed by Radio Wave&#39;s Andy Mitchell, said: &ldquo;The new school will build on the outstanding practice which already exists in our academies.<br /> &ldquo;One of our existing schools, Unity Academy, is a joint primary/secondary school and this is proving to be very popular with the community.<br /> &ldquo;We are looking forward to being able to make the same offer to parents and carers in the south area of the town.&rdquo;</p> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/Felicity_Greeves_and_Andy_Mitchell.jpgTue, 15 Dec 2015 14:29:04 GMTFCAT Away-Dayhttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2015-04-17-fcat-away-dayhttp://www.fcat.org.uk/news/latest/2015-04-17-fcat-away-day<h2 style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); text-align: center;"><strong>Vision, Values and Strategies at our Academies Away-Day</strong>&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Blackpool De Vere Hotel was the setting for the second Away-Day of our Fylde Coast Academy Trust.&nbsp; Throughout a packed agenda, delegates were set a number of challenges and tasks around the areas of core values, understanding new progress/attainment measures and identifying best practice within our academies.&nbsp; Keynote presentations were given by senior leaders Deborah Hanlon-Catlow and Stephen Cooke of Aspire and Unity Academies respectively, who spoke with passion about the new curriculum measures that we are about to embrace.&nbsp; Delegates received an interesting update on current attendance strategies across the local authority from Natasha Armstead and Anne Kenyon.&nbsp; Dr. David Sanders &ndash; Education Consultant and former Executive Director of Blackpool Childrens&rsquo; Services, explained in great detail the work of our local Safeguarding Board and reiterated the need for the safety of children to be the responsibility of each and every one of us.</p> <p>In their concluding remarks, Directors - Chris McConnachie and John Boyle thanked all delegates for their attendance and contributions, hoping that the recently appointed academy governors found the Away-Day informative and engaging.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/FCAT Away Day/FCAT_004T.jpg" style="height: 249px; width: 400px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/FCAT Away Day/FCAT_001T.jpg" style="height: 249px; width: 400px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/FCAT Away Day/FCAT_003T.jpg" style="height: 249px; width: 400px;" />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/FCAT Away Day/FCAT_002T.jpg" style="height: 249px; width: 400px;" /></p> http://www.fcat.org.uk/images/FCAT Away Day/FCAT_03.jpgThu, 23 Apr 2015 15:20:38 GMT