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“Transforming Life Chances”

Children first, Aspire, Challenge, Achieve

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, ranked in the Top 10 multi-academy trusts (MAT) in the country for the GCSE performance of its secondary schools by the DfE, is made up of a family of schools that work together to “improve the life chances” of all our children and young people. We share a common mission to nurture successful children who are confident and can think and act independently. Our cognitive approach to education defines us but does not create a “one size fits all”.

At the heart of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is the belief that the work that we do must transform the life chances of students.

We believe that the best way to transform life chances is to actively shape the minds, attitudes and habits of young people through a framework of cognitive education that enables them to become the master of their own destiny.

About Our Trust

Our Academies

From September 2018 there will be 16 Academies in our Trust covering three hubs; Medway, Portsmouth and Deal. This includes 5 Secondary and 11 Primary/Infant/Junior Academies. We are a successful and rapidly growing Trust and have high expectations for our Academies setting ambitious targets for pupils’ learning and progress.


The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), ranked the best multi-academy trust (MAT) in the country for the performance of its secondary schools by the DfE, operates in two hubs; Medway and Portsmouth. The core purpose and ambition of TSAT is to transform the life chances of young people through the application of a cognitive approach to education – please click here for further details on the philosophy of the organisation.

TSAT is made up of a family of schools including Primary Schools, Grammar Schools, High Schools and Comprehensive Schools. The schools work together to transform the life chances of all our children and young people. We share a common mission to nurture successful children who are confident and can think and act independently. Our cognitive approach to education defines us but does not create a ‘one size fits all’.

All TSAT academies, whether converter or sponsored, are equal partners in the Trust and are automatically part of the New Horizons Teaching School Alliance. Therefore, all schools have access to the same level of support and services that the Trust provides. The Trust prides itself on the very high quality of support and services it is able to provide to all its schools, these include:

  • Academic support e.g. Specialist Leaders of Education in specific subjects and Key Stage
  • leadership and strategic planning to support students.
  • Pastoral support e.g. the Trust employs its own safeguarding and attendance officer to support all schools.
  • Leadership support e.g. secondments between school leadership teams
  • Headteacher support e.g. phase Directors to support our Headteachers.
  • Human resources and recruitment support e.g. the Trust has its own HR department to support all schools and centrally support each school to recruit the best possible staff.
  • Finance support e.g. the Trust centrally recruits and employs all the Business Managers who are over-seen by a Director of Finance to ensure Headteachers and schools receive the best possible financial support.
  • Site management e.g. due to the size of the Trust we receive guaranteed Capital funding which we use to support all our schools in a co-ordinated programme of capital works that ensures all students in the Trust have the best possible learning environment.
  • As a consequence of our supportive ethos and ambition to transform the life chances of young people in all our schools, sponsored or converter, have seen improvements in student outcomes since joining the Trust. For example, The Portsmouth Academy (TPA) was the second highest performing school across Hampshire and Portsmouth local authorities – a brilliant turnaround from 2013, when TSAT took it on after it fell into ‘Special Measures’. It was also recently judged as Good with Outstanding leadership and management by Ofsted. Similarly impressive were the results of Rochester Grammar School (RGS) and Holcombe Grammar School (HGS), both in Medway – with 100% of RGS students achieving the pass grade of 4 or above in both English and maths, and 96% of students at HGS doing the same. The Victory Academy in Chatham, TSAT’s fourth secondary, is rated the best non-selective school in Medway, with the DfE recognising it as ‘above average’ nationally. Its success story continued when it received a ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted – only two years after it was taken on by TSAT while in a perilous financial position and underperforming academically, in a dramatic turnaround.

    Each school has its own Headteacher who is responsible for establishing the ethos and vision of the school within the framework of the Trust values and shared belief in a cognitive approach to education. All Headteachers are supported by either a Director of Phase or an Executive Principal. In this way every school has its own character and individuality, whilst also sharing a common language of learning and desire to secure the best possible outcomes for students.

    The Trust looks to ensure that students and staff benefit from opportunities, shared expertise and resources across the Trust. For students, we organise a variety of cross-phase and interphase opportunities. For example: Primary School students can access Secondary Science laboratories and expertise to ignite their enthusiasm in this subject; Trust Design and Technology roadshows that enable all Primary students in the Trust to access high quality D&T opportunities; we have an inter-school Primary sports day competition supported by the Secondary Schools as well as football clubs; Secondary School students will often support a nearby Trust Primary school through activities such as PE, guided reading and class support; the Secondary Schools take part in a number of inter-school competitions such as the Olympiad; often Trust schools will be invited to special events in the schools such as Women’s Day at the Victory Academy and the Medway Secondary Schools offer a collaborative sixth form curriculum to enable students to access the widest possible choice of courses to meet their ambitions.

    For Trust staff there have been many opportunities to share best practice and also develop and progress their careers within the Trust. We build connections between all our teachers to enable them to share good practice and support each other on a day to day basis. We use the BlueSky platform to facilitate this and have whole Trust projects such as the Secondary 9-1 project to which everyone can contribute and share their ideas. We are moving to a model of shared CPD across the schools to enable staff the maximum choice and opportunity for professional development and we wish to support all our staff to achieve their personal career goals. These opportunities are throughout the organisation and have ranged from teachers becoming SLE’s in the New Horizons Teaching School Alliance, to secondments and posts in middle and senior leadership positions within the Trust, to Headteachers becoming executive leaders. We believe in developing all our staff through a comprehensive programme of Continuing Professional Development and professional opportunities so that they can develop their career in the way they wish. This starts from the moment a member of staff joins our Trust with our dedicated NQT, NQT+ and new staff CPD programme through to Trust financed NPQH and MSc courses. Currently, the whole Trust Executive Team have been developed from within the Trust, 3/4’s of Headteachers have been internal appointments and a similar proportion of Senior School leaders are also internally promoted members of staff. Therefore, as a Trust we very much believe in developing and nurturing the talents of all our staff from the moment they join our organisation.

    Message from the Chair

    TSAT Members, Directors and Governors are committed to ensuring our trust continues to provide the highest quality of education. We believe passionately in our mission to “transform the life chances” of all our children and young people. Through working together with this commitment we believe we are stronger and as we grow our ambition of what we can achieve grows with us.

    I am proud of our staff, who are outstanding professionals and I am equally proud of the high quality and dedication of our governors who take seriously their responsibilities and ensure we support and challenge our leaders to inspire all their staff and our young people to strive for excellence.

    At the heart of TSAT is the belief that the work that we do must transform the life chances of students.

    We believe that the best way to transform life chances is to actively shape the minds, attitudes and habits of young people through a framework of cognitive education that enables them to become the master of their own destiny.

    This framework of cognitive education is constructed through the use of the Thinking School approach. Research from organisations such as the Sutton Trust has repeatedly demonstrated that when children understand how their brains work they achieve better academic and personal outcomes than those who do not. This is known as meta-cognition.

    “We are what we habitually do” (Aristotle), to transform life chances we have to transform habits.

    The ultimate goal is that every individual, child or adult, in the organisation consciously recognises their own habits, strengths and areas for development and actively seeks to improve themselves thereby creating transformational change in each individual.

    Transforming life chances by …

  • Providing an educational framework that promotes the development of effective habits and cognitive structures.
  • Challenging everyone to aspire to and strive for personal excellence.
  • Enabling each individual to realise their potential and become the master of their own destiny.
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    • Job Title

      Teacher of Geography

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      21st January 2022

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      TBC

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Teacher of Geography Salary: £27,186 - £42,192 Start date: 19 April 2022 Contract: Permanent, full time Closing Date: 06/02/2022 Interview Date: TBC We require a full time Teacher ...

    • Job Title

      Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      21st January 2022

    • School

      New Horizons Primary School

    • Salary

      £16,375.00-£18,430.00 per year

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Emotional Literacy Support Assistant Salary: TSAT D Grade £21,532 - £24,234 per annum FTE (£16,375 - £18,430 for hours and weeks stated) Hours per week: 32.5 hours per week, term ...

    • Job Title

      Primary Tutor (With QTS)

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      21st January 2022

    • School

      Meon Junior School

    • Salary

      £25 per hour

    • Hours

      Full Time,Part Time

    • Description

      Primary Tutor (with QTS) M3 Schools (Meon Infant, Moorings Way Infant and Meon Junior Schools) Salary: £25 per hour Start date: ASAP Contract: Casual Contract (hours to be agreed- ...

    • Job Title

      Student Wellbeing Manager

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      21st January 2022

    • School

      The Rochester Grammar School

    • Salary

      TSAT Grade E (pro-rata to £22,582 - £25,416)

    • Hours

      Term Time

    • Description

      Student Wellbeing Manager Salary: TSAT Grade E £26,675 to £30,022 FTE (pro-rata to £22,582 - £25,416 for hours and weeks stated) Start date: ASAP Contract: Permanent, 37 hours per ...

    • Job Title

      Primary Tutor (With QTS)

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      21st January 2022

    • School

      New Horizons Primary School

    • Salary

      £25 per hour

    • Hours

      Full Time,Part Time

    • Description

      Primary Tutor (with QTS) Salary: £25 per hour Start date: ASAP Contract: Casual Contract (hours to be agreed- Monday to Friday) Closing Date: 06/02/2022 Interviews: TBC We require ...

    • Job Title

      Vice Principal (Inclusion)

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      18th January 2022

    • School

      The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

    • Salary

      £65,089 - £71,787 Per annum

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

       We have an exciting vacancy for a Vice Principal to join us at The Victory Academy to lead on Inclusion. You will have strategic overview of behaviour, attitudes, attendance ...

    • Job Title

      Receptionist/ Attendance Officer

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      17th January 2022

    • School

      All Faiths Children's Academy

    • Salary

      (£15,516 - £16,988 hours and weeks stated)

    • Hours

      Term Time

    • Description

      Receptionist/ Attendance Officer Salary: TSAT C Scale £18,327 - £20,066 per annum (£15,516 - £16,988 hours and weeks stated) Hours per week: 37 Week per year: 39 weeks (Term time ...

    • Job Title

      SEN Teaching Assistant

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      17th January 2022

    • School

      New Horizons Children's Academy

    • Salary

      £14,677 - £16,070 per annum

    • Hours

      Term Time

    • Description

      SEN Teaching Assistant Salary: TSAT C Scale £18,327- £20,066 per annum (£14,677 - £16,070 per annum for hours and weeks stated) Hours per week: 35 hours per week, term time only + ...

    • Job Title

      HLTA (Art and Design Specialist)

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      17th January 2022

    • School

      The Portsmouth Academy

    • Salary

      TSAT Grade D (pro rata £18,642 - £20,981)

    • Hours

      Term Time

    • Description

      HLTA (Art & Design Specialist) Salary: TSAT Grade D £21,532 - £24,234 FTE (Pro rata salary for hours and weeks stated £18,642 - £20,981) Hours: 37 hours per a week Contract: P ...

    • Job Title

      Midday Meals Supervisor

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      17th January 2022

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £3,024 per annum for hours and weeks (7.5 hours)

    • Hours

      Part Time

    • Description

      Midday Meals Supervisor Salary: TSAT Grade B £3,024 for hours and weeks stated Hours per week: 7.5 hours per week, term time only Contract: Permanent Start date: ASAP Closing Date ...

    • Job Title

      Teacher of MFL (Spanish or French)

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      17th January 2022

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Part Time

    • Description

      Teacher of MFL (Spanish or French) Salary: £27,186 - £42,192  Start date: April 2022/ Earlier Start available Contract: Permanent, part time 0.6 Closing Date: 30/01/22 Interv ...

    • Job Title

      Teacher of Design Technology

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      17th January 2022

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Teacher of Design Technology Salary: £27,186 - £42,192 Start date: April 2022/ Earlier start available Contract: Permanent Closing Date: 30/01/2022 Interview Date: TBC We require ...

    • Job Title

      Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      14th January 2022

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £52,151 - £57,556 per annum

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) Salary: TSAT Leadership Scale (L9-L13) - £52,151 - £57,556 per annum Start date: Term 5 Contract: Full time, Permanent Closing Date: ...

    • Job Title

      Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      14th January 2022

    • School

      Holcombe Grammar School

    • Salary

      Pro rata £15,867 - £17,373

    • Hours

      Term Time

    • Description

      Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant Salary: TSAT C Scale £18,327 - £20,066 (Pro rata £15,867 - £17,373 for hours and weeks stated) Hours per week: 37 hours per week, term time ...

    • Job Title

      Midday Meals Supervisor

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      13th January 2022

    • School

      Penhale Infant School

    • Salary

      £2,579

    • Hours

      Part Time

    • Description

      Midday Meal Supervisor Salary: TSAT B Scale £18,035 per annum (£2,579.20 per annum for hours and weeks stated) Hours per week: 6.25 hours per week, term time only Contract: Perman ...

    • Job Title

      Midday Meals Supervisor - SEN

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      13th January 2022

    • School

      Penhale Infant School

    • Salary

      £2,579

    • Hours

      Part Time

    • Description

      Midday Meal Supervisor (SEN) Salary: TSAT B Scale £18,035 per annum (£2,579.20 per annum for hours and weeks stated) Hours per week: 6.25 hours per week, term time only Contract: ...

    • Job Title

      Teaching Assistant

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      13th January 2022

    • School

      New Horizons Children's Academy

    • Salary

      £14,677 - £16,070 for hours and weeks stated

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Teaching Assistant (Maternity Cover) Salary: TSAT C Scale £18,327 - £20,066 per annum (£14,677 - £16,070 for hours and weeks stated) Hours per week: 35 Week per year: 39 Start dat ...

    • Job Title

      KS1 Teacher

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      13th January 2022

    • School

      New Horizons Children's Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Key Stage 1 Teacher (Maternity Cover) Salary: £27,186 - £42,192 per annum Start date: 19th April 2022 Contract: Maternity Cover, Fixed Term (8 months until 16th December 2022) wit ...

    • Job Title

      Facilities Officer

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      12th January 2022

    • School

      The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

    • Salary

      £23,685 - £26,657 (+ 10% shift allowance included)

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Facilities Officer – Based at Rochester Grammar School Salary: TSAT Grade D £23,685 - £26,657 (+ 10% shift allowance included in salary) Start Date: ASAP Closing Date: Sunday 30th ...

    • Job Title

      Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      12th January 2022

    • School

      The Portsmouth Academy

    • Salary

      Pro rata salary £18,642 - £20,981

    • Hours

      Term Time

    • Description

      Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Salary: TSAT Grade D £21,532 - £24,234 (Pro rata salary £18,642 - £20,981) Hours per week: 37 hours per week, term time + 5 days Contract: Perm ...

    • Job Title

      Learning Support Assistant

    • Location

      Deal

    • Posted

      12th January 2022

    • School

      Goodwin Academy

    • Salary

      TBC

    • Hours

      Term Time

    • Description

      Learning Support Assistant Salary: TSAT Grade C £ 15,516 - £16,988 (based on a FTE of £18,327- £20,066) Start Date: September 2021 Contract: Permanent 37 hours per a week - Term-T ...

    • Job Title

      Senior Exam Invigilator

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      10th January 2022

    • School

      The Portsmouth Academy

    • Salary

      £11.50 per hour

    • Hours

      Part Time

    • Description

      Senior Exam Invigilator Salary: £11.50 per hour Start date: ASAP Contract: Casual Contract Closing Date: 06/02/2022 Interview Date: TBC We require a Senior Exam Invigilator to joi ...

    • Job Title

      Exam Invigilator

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      10th January 2022

    • School

      The Portsmouth Academy

    • Salary

      £9.35 per hour

    • Hours

      Part Time

    • Description

      Exam Invigilator Salary: £9.35 per hour Start date: ASAP Contract: Casual Contract Closing Date: 06/02/2022 Interview Date: TBC We require an Exam Invigilator to join The Portsmou ...

    • Job Title

      School Librarian

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      10th January 2022

    • School

      Newbridge Junior School

    • Salary

      TSAT Grade B £6,190 (Pro rata)

    • Hours

      Part Time

    • Description

      School Librarian Salary: TSAT Grade B £18,035 (Pro rata for hours and weeks stated £6,190 per annum) Contract: Maternity Contract, term time only 39 weeks a year, 15 hours a week ...

    • Job Title

      Specialist Teaching Assistant - With BSL

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      7th January 2022

    • School

      All Faiths Children's Academy

    • Salary

      £13,629 - £18,021

    • Hours

      Term Time

    • Description

      Specialist Teaching Assistant with BSL  Salary: TSAT C/D Scale £18,327 - £24,234 per annum (£13,629 - £18,021 for hours and weeks stated) Hours: 32.5 hours per week, 39 weeks ...

    • Job Title

      Student Engagement Worker

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      7th January 2022

    • School

      The Portsmouth Academy

    • Salary

      (Pro rata £15,009 - £16,434)

    • Hours

      Term Time

    • Description

      Student Engagement Worker (Teaching Assistant) Salary: Grade C £18,327 - £20,066  (Pro rata Salary for hours and weeks stated £15,009 - £16,434) Start date: ASAP Contract: 35 ...

    • Job Title

      HLTA

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      7th January 2022

    • School

      Penhale Infant School

    • Salary

      £14,780 - £16,635 - pro rata hours

    • Hours

      Term Time

    • Description

      HLTA Salary: TSAT Grade D £21,532 - £24,234 (Pro rata for hours and weeks stated £14,780 - £16,635) Hours: 30 hours per a week Contract: Permanent, 30 hours per a week, Term time ...

    • Job Title

      Teacher of Science

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      6th January 2022

    • School

      The Rochester Grammar School

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      We require a Teacher of Science to join The Rochester Grammar School. You will be joining a team of committed professionals to teach Years 7-13, including the International Baccal ...

    • Job Title

      Exam Invigilator

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      6th January 2022

    • School

      The Rochester Grammar School

    • Salary

      £9.35 per hour

    • Hours

      Casual

    • Description

      Exam Invigilator Salary: £9.35 per hour Start date: ASAP Contract: Casual Contract Closing Date: 23/01/22 We require an Exam Invigilator to join Rochester Grammar School for Girls ...

    • Job Title

      Teacher of Mathematics

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      6th January 2022

    • School

      The Rochester Grammar School

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      We require a Teacher of Mathematics to join The Rochester Grammar School. You will be joining a team of committed professionals to teach Years 7-13, including the International Ba ...

    • Job Title

      Midday Meals Supervisor

    • Location

      Southsea

    • Posted

      6th January 2022

    • School

      Meon Infant School

    • Salary

      £2405 for hours and weeks stated

    • Hours

      Part Time

    • Description

      Midday Meal Supervisor Salary: TSAT B Scale £18,035 per annum (£2,405.72 per annum for hours and weeks stated) Hours per week: 5.50 hours per week, term time only Contract: Perman ...

    • Job Title

      Teacher of Computer Science

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      6th January 2022

    • School

      The Rochester Grammar School

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      We require a Teacher of Computer Science to join The Rochester Grammar School. You will be joining a team of committed professionals to teach Years 7-13, including the Internation ...

    • Job Title

      Learning Support Assistant

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      6th January 2022

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      TSAT Grade C/D (Pro rata £15,610 - £20,642)

    • Hours

      Term Time

    • Description

      Learning Support Assistant Salary: TSAT Grade C/D (Pro rata £15,610 - £20,642) Start date: ASAP Contract: Permanent 37 hours a week (term-time only plus 5 INSET days) Closing Date ...

    • Job Title

      Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Digital Safety and Wellbeing)

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      16th December 2021

    • School

      The Portsmouth Academy

    • Salary

      TSAT Grade D (Pro rata salary £18,642 - £20,981)

    • Hours

      Term Time

    • Description

      Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Digital Safety and Wellbeing) Salary: TSAT Grade D £21,532 - £24,234 (Pro rata salary £18,642 - £20,981) Hours per week: 37 hours per week, te ...