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“Transforming Life Chances”

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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

      6th May 2021

    • School

      Holcombe Grammar School

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

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    • Posted

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    • School

      New Horizons Primary School

    • Salary

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    • Hours

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    • Description

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    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      6th May 2021

    • School

      New Horizons Children's Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192 per annum

    • Hours

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    • Description

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    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      5th May 2021

    • School

      Holcombe Grammar School

    • Salary

      £52,160 - £57,556

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

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      Teacher of Food and Nutrition

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      5th May 2021

    • School

      The Portsmouth Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

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      Teacher of PE

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      4th May 2021

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

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    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      4th May 2021

    • School

      Holcombe Grammar School

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192 per annum

    • Hours

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    • Description

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    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      30th April 2021

    • School

      Holcombe Grammar School

    • Salary

      £15,775 - £17,755

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

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    • Job Title

      Cover Supervisor

    • Location

      Deal

    • Posted

      29th April 2021

    • School

      Goodwin Academy

    • Salary

      15,775 - £17,755

    • Hours

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    • Description

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    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      29th April 2021

    • School

      Newbridge Junior School

    • Salary

      £2,416 - £2,449

    • Hours

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    • Description

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      Teacher of Drama with English

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      29th April 2021

    • School

      The Portsmouth Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

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    • Description

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    • Job Title

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    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      29th April 2021

    • School

      Newbridge Junior School

    • Salary

      £14,120 - £15,832

    • Hours

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    • Description

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    • Job Title

      Teacher of Drama

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      28th April 2021

    • School

      Holcombe Grammar School

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192 (pro rata £16,311 - £25,315)

    • Hours

      Part Time

    • Description

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    • Job Title

      Learning Support Assistant

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      28th April 2021

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £14,927 - £20,214

    • Hours

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    • Description

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    • Job Title

      Teacher of German

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      28th April 2021

    • School

      The Rochester Grammar School

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

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    • Job Title

      Teacher of English (Maternity Cover)

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      28th April 2021

    • School

      The Portsmouth Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186-£42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

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    • Job Title

      Teacher of Health and Social Care

    • Location

      Deal

    • Posted

      28th April 2021

    • School

      Goodwin Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

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    • Location

      Deal

    • Posted

      28th April 2021

    • School

      Goodwin Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192 (pro rata £16,311 - £25,315)

    • Hours

      Part Time

    • Description

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      Teaching Assistant

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      26th April 2021

    • School

      Cedar Children's Academy

    • Salary

      £11,599 - £13,005

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

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    • Job Title

      Classroom Teacher

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      26th April 2021

    • School

      Cedar Children's Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

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    • Job Title

      Learning Support Assistant

    • Location

      Deal

    • Posted

      23rd April 2021

    • School

      Goodwin Academy

    • Salary

      £12,618 - £14,147

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Learning Support Assistant Salary: TSAT Grade C £17,632 - £19,769 (£12,618 - £14,147 for hours and weeks stated) Start Date: ASAP Contract: Permanent - Term-Time + 5 Days 32.5hrs ...

    • Job Title

      IT Customer Support Technician (1st Line)

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      23rd April 2021

    • School

      The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

    • Salary

      £21,214 - £23,876

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      IT Customer Support Technician (1st line) Location: The Thinking Schools Academy Trust Central Offices, Goodwin Academy, Deal Kent Full Time - Permanent TSAT D Grade £21,214 - £23 ...

    • Job Title

      Learning Support Assistant

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      23rd April 2021

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £14,927 - £20,214

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Learning Support Assistant (Maternity Cover) Salary: TSAT Grade C/D £17,632 - £23,876 FTE (Pro rata £14,927 - £20,214) Start date: Likely start September, 2021 Contract: Maternity ...

    • Job Title

      Higher Level Teaching Assistant

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      22nd April 2021

    • School

      New Horizons Children's Academy

    • Salary

      £21,047 - £ 23,687

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      HLTA Salary: TSAT Grade E - £26,281 - £29,578 (pro – rata to £21,047 - £ 23,687 for hours and weeks stated) Hours: 35 hours per a week Contract: Permanent, 35 hours per a week, Te ...

    • Job Title

      Teacher of English

    • Location

      Deal

    • Posted

      22nd April 2021

    • School

      Goodwin Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Teacher of English Salary: £27,186 - £42,192 Start date: 1st September 2021 Contract: Permanent Closing Date: 9th May 2021 Interview Date: TBC We are currently recruiting for a Te ...

    • Job Title

      Teacher of English (Maternity Contract)

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      21st April 2021

    • School

      The Rochester Grammar School

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Teacher of English Salary: £27,186 - £42,192 per annum Start date: September 2021 Contract: Maternity Contract, Full Time Closing Date: 09/05/21 Interview Date: tbc We require a T ...

    • Job Title

      Teacher of Science

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      21st April 2021

    • School

      The Rochester Grammar School

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Teacher of Science Salary: £27,186 - £42,192 per annum Start date: September 2021 Contract: Permanent, Full Time Closing Date: 09/05/21 Interview Date: tbc We require a Teacher of ...

    • Job Title

      Teacher of Spanish 0.8

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      21st April 2021

    • School

      The Rochester Grammar School

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Part Time

    • Description

      Teacher of Spanish Salary: £27,186 - £42,192 per annum Start date: September 2021 Contract: 0.8 Permanent Closing Date: 09/05/21 Interview Date: tbc We require a Teacher of Spanis ...

    • Job Title

      Sixth Form Administrator

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      21st April 2021

    • School

      Holcombe Grammar School

    • Salary

      £18,774 - £21,129

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      We require a Sixth Form Administrator to join Holcombe Grammar School to provide administrative support for the Sixth Form Team and students and promote excellent attendance and p ...

    • Job Title

      Childcare Manager - Coastguard Club

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      21st April 2021

    • School

      New Horizons Primary School

    • Salary

      £7,446 - £8,380 per annum

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Childcare Manager – Coastguard Club Salary: TSAT D Grade £7,446 - £8,380 pro rata Start date: ASAP Contract: Permanent, working hours are 15hrs per week 7:30am– 09:30am & 3pm ...

    • Job Title

      Minibus Driver (Casual)

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      21st April 2021

    • School

      New Horizons Primary School

    • Salary

      £8.96 - £9.08 - per hour

    • Hours

      Term Time

    • Description

      Minibus Driver Salary: £8.96 - £9.08 per hour Start date: ASAP Contract: Casual Closing Date: Monday 10 May 2021 Interview Date : Monday, 17th May 2021 We require a Minibus Driver ...

    • Job Title

      KS2 Teacher

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      19th April 2021

    • School

      The Gordon Children's Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Key Stage 2 Teacher Salary: £27,186 - £42,192 per annum Start date: September 2021 Contract: Permanent Closing Date: 10th May 2021 Interview Date : TBC We require a Key Stage 2 Te ...

    • Job Title

      Learning Support Assistant

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      1st April 2021

    • School

      Holcombe Grammar School

    • Salary

      £14,927 - £20,214

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Learning Support Assistant Salary: TSAT Grade C/D £17,632 - £23,876 FTE (Pro rata £14,927 - £20,214) Start date: ASAP Contract: Permanent 37 hours a week (term-time only plus 5 IN ...

    • Job Title

      Behaviour Support Assistant

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      1st April 2021

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £21,214 - £23,876 FTE (Pro rata £17,960 - £20,214)

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Behaviour Support Assistant Salary: TSAT Grade D £21,214 - £23,876 FTE (Pro rata £17,960 - £20,214) Start date: ASAP Contract: Permanent 37 hours a week (term-time only plus 5 INS ...

    • Job Title

      Teacher of Science

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      1st April 2021

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Teacher of Science Salary: £27,186 - £42,192 Start date: 1st September 2021 Contract: Permanent Closing Date: 18/04/21 Interview Date: TBC We require a Teacher of Science to join ...

    • Job Title

      Teacher of PE

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      1st April 2021

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Teacher of PE Salary: £27,186 - £42,192 Start date: 1st September 2021 Contract: Permanent Closing Date: 18/04/21 We require a Teacher of PE to join The Victory Academy . You will ...