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Procurement News

In WISE Academies by Gary Robinson

Wise Academies are currently looking to set up a framework of suppliers to provide building repairs and maintenance services across it’s 12 schools.  Services include plumbing, electrical, building, roofing, grounds maintenance, painting and decorating. Any contractors interested in being considered for this opportunity should read and complete the document which can be found here. Suppliers added to the list will …

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Building Success at Haltwhistle

In Haltwhistle, WISE Academies by Gary Robinson

Following a successful re-organisation over the summer, our Haltwhistle Primary Academy is now fully operational under the leadership of Mrs Drake. The re-organisation of our Haltwhistle provision took effect from 1st September 2019.  The Middle Academy has now been discontinued and Haltwhistle First Academy became Haltwhistle Primary Academy offering provision to children aged 3-11. The careful planning over the past …

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Proposal to Become a Mixed MAT

In WISE Academies by Gary Robinson

WISE Academies is proposing to become a Mixed Multi Academy Trust.  This will open up new possibilities for WISE Academies as it will make it possible for Church of England schools to join our successful Trust.   Part of the process of making a significant change such as this, involves carrying out a consultation exercise with all interested parties.   …

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“Multi-Academy Trusts are powerful vehicles for improving schools”

In WISE Academies by Gary Robinson

The Secretary of State, Damian Hinds, spoke at the Schools and Academies Show in London on 3rd April 2019.  He expressed his enthusiasm about the work being done in the sector and particularly singled out WISE Academies for the progress made in schools that have joined the trust.  WISE Academies was proud to have been mentioned in this speech. An …

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Education Secretary praises WISE Academies

In WISE Academies by Gary Robinson

On 11th October 2018, Damian Hinds, Education Secretary spoke at the launch of Confederation of School Trusts to praise the diversity and accountability of academies. In his speech, Mr Hinds made reference to the vision behind Multi Academy Trusts as schools coming together to achieve more than they can on their own. He then gave examples of MATs that have …

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A Special Partnership

In WISE Academies by Gary Robinson

WISE Academies is delighted to confirm that it will be joining forces with North View Academy from September 2018. WISE Academies is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) with schools in Sunderland, Northumberland and Newcastle. MATs are the governments preferred model of schools and have many benefits compared to other school models. MATs are able to achieve important efficiencies and have …

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WISE Academies prepares to welcome Haltwhistle

In WISE Academies by Gary Robinson

The Department for Education has approved Haltwhistle Lower School and Haltwhistle Upper School to become part of WISE Academies. We are pleased to announce that they will both join the WISE Academies family of schools from 1st September 2018, subject to all legal processes being completed. WISE Academies already has a strong presence in West Northumberland through the successful integration …

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Bob Symonds receives OBE

In WISE Academies by Gary Robinson

Everyone at WISE Academies is delighted that Bob Symonds has been recognised in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. This is a just reward for many years of voluntary public service. Mr Symonds served as a Company Member and Director of WISE Academies – since the company’s inception at March 2011 until his retirement from the role in summer 2017. …

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Blyth Quays Trust makes WISE move

In WISE Academies by Gary Robinson

We are pleased to announce that the three academies that form The Blyth Quays Trust will be joining with WISE Academies later in 2018.  Trustees and members of The Blyth Quays Trust have been reviewing its capacity to rapidly improve standards and to deliver the very best education for the children in its academies.   Recognising the strength that can be …

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A Proud Moment for WISE Academies at Buckingham Palace

In WISE Academies by Gary Robinson

Yesterday Zoe Carr, Chief Executive of WISE Academies received the award of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) at an investiture ceremony performed by Prince Charles in Buckingham Palace. Zoe was recognised in the New Year Honours List for her services to Education. Zoe has led WISE Academies since 2013. Under her leadership the organisation …