The Tudor Grange Academies Trust is one of the most successful academy groups in the West Midlands—currently educating around 4,000 students. They first started using Questa in the Autumn Term 2016 and have already been seeing the benefits.
The goal of the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) is to achieve excellence in education and skills for learners of all ages, and in the care of children and young people. It employs 1,500 staff and every week, it carries out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England, publishing the results online. In the last academic year Ofsted conducted inspections for 3,359 schools, 410 Further Education/sixth form colleges and 20,761 childminders and nurseries. In the same time period, it delivered over 2,000 children’s social care inspections.
The Grange Primary School in Scunthorpe is one of eight new-build schools in North and North East Lincolnshire, selected to be built under the Education Funding Agency (EFA) Regional PSBP Framework. The School replaces two existing schools, Grange Lane Infant and Grange Lane Junior School, deemed no longer fit for purpose.
The Leathersellers' Federation of Schools is made up of two all-through schools, a secondary school and a Federation-wide sixth form, all based in the London Borough of Lewisham. Each of the Federation's schools has a unique character, faces individual challenges - the ICT service must therefore meet a broad spectrum of needs. At one end of the scale ICT is to be delivered as a utility, with standard functionality that just works, every time. At the other end of the scale ICT is used to enrich the experience of learners, providing ultimate flexibility to enable teachers and students to explore and innovate.
More than a contract—a trusted and strategic partner
Novatia's work with the Skinners' Kent Academy has set the foundation for the strongest kind of partnership, with ICT underpinning the Academy's strategy for school improvement. The Academy has faced a unique challenge in recovering from an underperforming, under-subscribed predecessor school. As one of the only non-selective state secondary schools in Tunbridge Wells, significant reputation repair was required to remedy declining roll due to local competition from grammar, private and state schools in competing authorities. Along with its new purpose-built building, provision and use of high-quality, media-rich, engaging technologies was seen as a unique selling point for the Academy and continues to be a key differentiator for young people in their local choice of school.
James Allen's Girls' School (JAGS) is a high-performing, independent, day school delivering education to girls, ages 4 to 18 across two sites in Dulwich, London. JAGS has worked to strike the right balance, building on the foundations of its rich 270 year history while looking to the future. The school's leaders believe that the ICT environment is of the utmost importance to the delivery of an excellent education and service to the School's pupils and parents.
In the autumn term of 2013, Rise Park Junior School was placed in Special Measures following an Ofsted inspection. The headteacher left and an Interim Headteacher (Zoe Sharman) was given the task of driving the school forward and responding positively and vigorously to the Ofsted findings and recommendations. The areas highlighted for improvement ranged from improving teaching and learning in Maths and English, to improving writing across all year groups, to incorporating more efficient behaviour systems and leadership and management throughout the school and governance.
In autumn 2012 Plymouth School of Creative Arts (a 4-16 all through Free School) entered the pre-opening phase of its development. Martin Sweeney (Novatia Education Director) was appointed as Education Adviser, to work with and support the Trust in successfully completing all the educational tasks necessary to ensure the school opened on time in September 2013.
In March 2014 Novatia won a competitive tender for a unique project. The work involved setting up the new Rise Park Academy Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) and then to project manage the simultaneous conversion of both Rise Park Infant and Rise Park Junior School into academies. The uniqueness of the project was reflected in the scenario of doing all 3 tasks together and also, as the Infant School would in fact sponsor the Junior School, via the newly created MAT. Novatia carried out the Section 5 Stakeholder Consultation work, project managed all aspects of the delivery and oversaw all legal work, as carried out by our legal partners. This evidences Novatia's broad spectrum of delivery and client support, which encompasses education, ICT, project management, legal and HR support – all of which can be packaged and tailored to meet the requirements of complex projects.