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“Transforming Life Chances”

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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’.

About Our Trust

Our 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

      Chemistry Teacher

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      2nd February 2023

    • School

      The Rochester Grammar School

    • Salary

      £28,817 - £44,302

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Chemistry Teacher Rochester Grammar School are seeking a Chemistry Teacher to join their team of committed professionals to teach Years 7-13, including the International Baccalaur ...

    • Job Title

      Biology Teacher

    • Location

      Rochester

    • Posted

      2nd February 2023

    • School

      The Rochester Grammar School

    • Salary

      £28,817 - £44,302

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Biology Teacher Rochester Grammar School are seeking a Biology Teacher to join their team of committed professionals to teach Years 7-13, including the International Baccalaureate ...

    • Job Title

      Maths Teacher

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      2nd February 2023

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £28,817 - £44,302

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Maths Teacher Contract: Permanent, full time, part time would be considered. We require a talented Maths Teacher to join us at The Victory Academy. The successful candidate will b ...

    • Job Title

      Assistant Headteacher

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      2nd February 2023

    • School

      New Horizons Primary School

    • Salary

      £49,614 - £54,768 per annum

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Assistant Headteacher Salary: TSAT Leadership Scale £49,614 - £54,768 per annum Start date: As soon as possible Contract: Permanent Hours: Full time Closing Date: 19/02/2023 Inter ...

    • Job Title

      MFL (Spanish & French) Teacher

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      2nd February 2023

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £28,817 - £44,302

    • Hours

      Full Time, Part Time

    • Description

      MFL (Spanish & French) Teacher Contract: Permanent, full time, part time would be considered. We require a talented MFL Teacher to join our MFL Department teaching Spanish and ...

    • Job Title

      Class Teacher - 0.4 FTE

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      1st February 2023

    • School

      Penbridge School

    • Salary

      TSAT Teacher Scale pro rata to £11,526 - £17,720

    • Hours

      Part Time

    • Description

      Classroom Teacher - Part Time 0.4 FTE Salary: TSAT Teacher Scale pro rata to £11,526 - £17,720 for hours and weeks stated (£28,817 - £44,302 FTE) Hours: 2 days per week 0.4 FTE St ...

    • Job Title

      Science Technician Apprentice

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      31st January 2023

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £6.50 per hour apprenticeship rate

    • Hours

      Full Time, Term Time

    • Description

      Science Technician Apprentice Salary: TSAT Apprentice Rate £6.50 per hour Contract: Fixed Term, 37 hours a week, Term Time + 10 days (40 weeks a year) We are currently recruiting ...

    • Job Title

      Service Delivery Manager

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      30th January 2023

    • School

      The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

    • Salary

      TSAT Grade 6 £35,053 - £42,341 per annum

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Service Delivery Manager - Kent Location: The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, Chatham Hub Working as part of the Trust's Operations Department, you will ensure effective operation ...

    • Job Title

      College Cleaner

    • Location

      Brixham

    • Posted

      27th January 2023

    • School

      Brixham College

    • Salary

      £7,348 -£7,662 for hours and weeks stated

    • Hours

      Part Time, Term Time

    • Description

      School Cleaner Salary: TSAT Pay Group 1 Pro rata £7,348 - £7,662 for hours and weeks stated (£19,774 - £20,619 per annum FTE) Start date: As soon as possible Hours: 15 hours per w ...

    • Job Title

      Science Teacher

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      27th January 2023

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £28,817 - £44,302

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Science Teacher The Victory Academy require a Science Teacher to join our team of committed professionals teaching Years 7-13. The successful applicant will be a motivated and ent ...

    • Job Title

      Midday Meals Supervisor

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      27th January 2023

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £3,191 - £3,239 per annum for hours and weeks

    • Hours

      Part Time, Term Time

    • Description

      Midday Meals Supervisor Salary: TSAT Pay Grade 1 £3,191 - £3,239 (based on FTE of £18,327.21 - £18,603)  Hours per week: 7.5 hours per week, term time only Contract: Permanen ...

    • Job Title

      Learning Support Assistant

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      27th January 2023

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £17,788 - £21,008 p.a for hours and weeks stated

    • Hours

      Full Time, Term Time

    • Description

      Learning Support Assistant Salary: TSAT Pay Group 2 £20,252- £23,918 FTE (pro rata to £17,788 - £21,008 for hours and weeks stated) Start date: ASAP Contract: Permanent Hours per ...

    • Job Title

      Head of Drama

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      26th January 2023

    • School

      Holcombe Grammar School

    • Salary

      £28,817 - £44,302 + TLR £5,070

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Head of Drama Salary: £28,817 - £44,302 plus TLR2B £5,070 Start date: September 2023 Holcombe Grammar School are seeking a Head of Drama to lead their successful department. Drama ...

    • Job Title

      Teaching Assistant

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      26th January 2023

    • School

      New Horizons Primary School

    • Salary

      TSAT Pay Group 2 £14,423 - £17,034

    • Hours

      Part Time, Term Time

    • Description

      Teaching Assistant Salary: TSAT Pay Group 2 £14,423 - £17,034 for hours and weeks stated (£20,252 - £23,918 FTE) Start date: As soon as possible Contract: Fixed Term until 31/08/2 ...

    • Job Title

      Head of Humanities

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      25th January 2023

    • School

      Maritime Academy

    • Salary

      £28,817 - £44,302 + TLR2B £5,070

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Head of Humanities Maritime Academy, is a brand-new secondary school serving the community of Medway, which opened in September 2022. As a growing school we will be welcoming our ...

    • Job Title

      English Teacher

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      25th January 2023

    • School

      Maritime Academy

    • Salary

      £28,817 - £44,302

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      English Teacher Maritime Academy, is a brand-new secondary school serving the community of Medway, which opened in September 2022. As a growing school we will be welcoming our nex ...

    • Job Title

      Maths Teacher

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      25th January 2023

    • School

      Maritime Academy

    • Salary

      £28,817 - £44,302

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Maths Teacher Maritime Academy, is a brand-new secondary school serving the community of Medway, which opened in September 2022. As a growing school we will be welcoming our next ...

    • Job Title

      Computing Teacher

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      25th January 2023

    • School

      Maritime Academy

    • Salary

      £28,817 - £44,302

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Computing Teacher Maritime Academy, is a brand-new secondary school serving the community of Medway, which opened in September 2022. As a growing school we will be welcoming our n ...

    • Job Title

      Science Teacher

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      25th January 2023

    • School

      Maritime Academy

    • Salary

      £28,817 - £44,302

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Science Teacher Maritime Academy, is a brand-new secondary school serving the community of Medway, which opened in September 2022. As a growing school we will be welcoming our nex ...

    • Job Title

      Teacher of English

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      24th January 2023

    • School

      The Portsmouth Academy

    • Salary

      £28,817 - £44,302 per annum

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Teacher of English (Applications from ECTs welcome) Salary: £28,817 - £44,302 Start date: April 2023 Contract: Full time / Permanent Closing date: 05/02/2023 Interview: TBC We req ...

    • Job Title

      Student Engagement Worker

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      23rd January 2023

    • School

      The Portsmouth Academy

    • Salary

      £17,194 - £20,307

    • Hours

      Full Time, Term Time

    • Description

      Student Engagement Worker (Teaching Assistant) Salary: TSAT Pay Group 2 Pro rata £17,194 - £20,307 for hours and weeks stated (£20,252 - £23,918 FTE) Start date: As soon as possib ...

    • Job Title

      Teacher of Mathematics - Maternity Cover

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      23rd January 2023

    • School

      The Portsmouth Academy

    • Salary

      £27,186 - £42,192

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Teacher of Mathematics - Maternity cover Salary: £28,817 - £44,302 Start date: April 2023 Contract: Full time / Fixed term until April 2024 Closing date: 05/02/2023 Interview: TBC ...

    • Job Title

      Leadership Role - SENCo

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      20th January 2023

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      L9 - L13 £52,1260 - £57,556

    • Hours

      Full Time

    • Description

      Leadership Role - SENCO Salary: TSAT Leadership Range L9 – L13 £52,160 - £57,556  Start date: Term 6, 2023  Interview Date:TBC We require a talented SENCO to join our Ex ...

    • Job Title

      Midday Meals Supervisor

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      20th January 2023

    • School

      New Horizons Primary School

    • Salary

      TSAT Pay Group 1 £3,126 - £3,259

    • Hours

      Part Time, Term Time

    • Description

      Midday Meals Supervisor Salary: TSAT Pay Group 1 £3,126 - £3,259 for hours and weeks stated (£19,774 - £20,619 FTE) Start date: As soon as possible Contract: Fixed Term until 31/0 ...

    • Job Title

      School Cleaner

    • Location

      Plymouth

    • Posted

      19th January 2023

    • School

      Plympton Academy

    • Salary

      TSAT Pay Group 1 £9,798 - £10,217

    • Hours

      Part Time, Term Time

    • Description

      School Cleaner Salary: TSAT Pay Group 1 Pro rata to £9,798 - £10,217 for hours and weeks stated (£19,774 - £20,619 per annum FTE) Start date: As soon as possible Contract: Permane ...

    • Job Title

      Primary Tutor with QTS - Portsmouth

    • Location

      Portsmouth

    • Posted

      19th January 2023

    • School

      New Horizons Primary School

    • Salary

      £25 per hour

    • Hours

      Casual

    • Description

      Primary Tutor (with QTS) Salary: £25 per hour Start date: As soon as possible Contract: Casual (As and when required Monday - Friday) Closing Date: 05/02/2023 Interview: To be con ...

    • Job Title

      Casual Exam Invigilator

    • Location

      Chatham

    • Posted

      17th January 2023

    • School

      The Victory Academy

    • Salary

      £10.25 per hour

    • Hours

      Casual

    • Description

      Exam Invigilator Salary: £10.25 per hour Start date: ASAP Contract: Casual We require an Exam Invigilator to join The Victory Academy to support with the busy exam periods. Your p ...

    • Job Title

      English Teacher

    • Location

      Brixham

    • Posted

      13th January 2023

    • School

      Brixham College

    • Salary

      £28,817 - £44,302 per annum

    • Hours

      Full Time, Term Time

    • Description

      Teacher of English Salary: TSAT Teacher Scale £28,817 - £44,302 per annum Hours: 32.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE) Start Date: September 2023, or sooner Contract: Permanent Location: ...