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23 Apr Pupils demonstrate Science skills Youngsters from primary schools across Teesside and County Durham came together this week (22 April) to demonstrate their science knowledge. Pupils from Ad Astra Academy Trust schools met up at… Read More
18 Apr Jason Manford helps boost school playground appeal Top comedian Jason Manford has helped to give a Teesside primary school playground appeal a huge boost. The famous entertainer headlined a sell-out comedy evening for Crooksbarn Primary School on… Read More
15 Mar Schoolchildren map out their future careers Schoolchildren map out their future careers   Children at a Teesside primary school have been finding out about the various career paths they may wish to pursue in the future.… Read More
11 Mar Harlem Globetrotters star urges children to aim high Former Harlem Globetrotters star Paul Sturgess met up with youngsters at a Stockton-on-Tees primary school last week to encourage them to achieve well in life. The 7 ft 8-inch former… Read More
1 Mar New schools join academy trust Headteacher Paul Newton (left) is welcomed by Andy Brown OBE   Two Durham primary schools have joined one of the North-East’s most successful academy trusts. Deaf Hill Primary School in… Read More
26 Jan Pupils excel in creative arts Children from eight primary school across Teesside came together this week (24 January) to demonstrate their creative art talents. Pupils from Ad Astra Academy Trust schools met up at Sunnyside… Read More
11 Jan Sunnyside is a “good” school A Teesside primary school has been judged to be “good” in all areas. Ofsted visited Sunnyside Academy in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough in November 2023 as part of its national programme… Read More
19 Dec Pupils shine following support from education charity A two-year pilot project involving several Teesside primary schools has improved the speech, language and communication skills of nursery pupils (3 and 4-year-olds). Ad Astra Academy Trust, which oversees eight… Read More
24 Nov Parents swing into action to help create new playground Parents at a Teesside primary school are pulling out all the stops to help create a new playground. Parents of children at Crooksbarn Primary School in Norton have already raised… Read More
17 Oct School Celebrates 50th birthday A Hartlepool school has celebrated its 50th birthday with a week-long series of activities and events. West Park Primary School in Coniscliffe Road was officially opened on 12 October 1973… Read More
4 Oct National Recognition for School’s Commitment to Science A Middlesbrough primary school has been granted a prestigious award for its commitment to science. Staff and pupils at Ayresome Primary School in the centre of Middlesbrough are celebrating after… Read More
5 Sep Uniform boost thanks to NHS workers Dozens of Middlesbrough children will start school this week with smart new uniforms – thanks to kind-hearted NHS workers. Staff from Secure Inpatient Services (SIS) at Tees, Esk and Wear… Read More
5 Sep Headteacher praises school community following fire The headteacher of Brougham Primary School has paid tribute to everyone following the fire to the school nursery during the summer holidays. The nursery and pre-school area suffered significant damage… Read More
4 Sep Tees Valley Mayor impressed with new-look school library Tees Valley Mayor impressed with new-look school library Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has given his seal of approval to a new school library. Children at Sunnyside Academy in Coulby… Read More
17 Jul National recognition for Forest School initiative A Hartlepool primary school is celebrating after receiving national recognition for its commitment to nature and protecting the environment. Brougham Primary School has achieved ‘Young Tree Champion National Beacon School… Read More
11 Jul School is judged to be ‘Good’ in all areas School is judged to be ‘Good’ in all areas A Middlesbrough primary school has been judged to be ‘good’ in all areas following a recent Ofsted inspection. Four inspectors visited… Read More
8 Jul Schools create teaching apprenticeships A group of schools across Teesside is creating apprenticeship opportunities to enable teaching assistants to become fully qualified teachers. Ad Astra Academy Trust, which has eight primary schools under its… Read More
7 Jul Ad Astra Trust Dividend Video Ad Astra’s 2023 Trust Dividend video which was launched at the Festival of Education on the 3rd July 2023.   Read More
7 Jul Olympic gold medalist inspires Teesside teachers Five-times Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave CBE sailed into Teesside this week to help inspire teachers and education bosses. The most successful British rower in Olympic history was Guest… Read More
29 Jun Double success for Stockton primary school Two pupils at a Stockton-on-Tees school have scooped major national awards in a public speaking competition. Janna Oyedeji and Preston Earl of Rosebrook Primary School both won individual categories in… Read More
22 Jun Schoolchildren mark Refugee Week Pupils at a Teesside primary School have created a special exhibition and learning space to mark Refugee Week (19-25 June). It is the fifth successive year that Crooksbarn Primary School… Read More
21 Jun Double success for Stockton primary school Two pupils at a Stockton-on-Tees school have scooped major national awards in a public speaking competition. Janna Oyedeji and Preston Earl of Rosebrook Primary School both won individual categories in… Read More
13 Jun Minister impressed with Hartlepool Primary School A government minister has praised a Hartlepool primary school following a recent fact-finding mission. Baroness Diana Barran MBE, the government’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education… Read More
5 Jun Primary school applauded for parental links A Teesside primary school has received high acclaim for its commitment to involving parents in the day-to-day activities of the school. Rosebrook Primary School in Stockton-on-Tees has landed the prestigious… Read More
21 Mar Schools come together to spark climate action A group of Teesside primary schools will come together this Friday (24 March) to play their part in tackling climate change. The schools – which are all part of the… Read More
17 Mar Primary school children planning for the future Children as young as seven at a Teesside primary school are already starting to think about what kind of jobs they would like to pursue in the future. Sunnyside Academy… Read More
7 Mar Hartlepool School Launches Tree Project Pupils at a Hartlepool primary school have embarked on a tree and hedgerow planting initiative to help protect the environment. Brougham Primary School has been accepted onto The Tree Council’s… Read More
20 Dec School Award in memory of leading businessman School award in memory of leading businessman A group of schools across Teesside has launched an annual award in memory of a leading local businessman. Ad Astra Academy Trust, which… Read More
29 Nov Primary school hosts roadshow bus A Middlesbrough primary school has teamed up with the leading charity for deaf children and young people to host a roadshow bus event. Sunnyside Academy in Coulby Newham joined forces… Read More
16 Nov Celebrating the Stars in our Schools A Hartlepool primary school and UNISON have joined forces to recognise the fantastic work undertaken by school support staff. ‘Stars in our Schools’ is an annual UK-wide celebration, co-ordinated by… Read More
4 Nov School helps parents with cost-of-living crisis A primary school in Middlesbrough is opening its doors to parents to help them cope with rising living costs. Ayresome Primary School, in the heart of Middlesbrough, is set to… Read More
19 Oct National recognition for Hartlepool primary school A Hartlepool primary school has been granted the prestigious Centre of Excellence status for its commitment to inclusion. West View Primary School in Hartlepool is one of only 240 schools… Read More
5 Oct School strikes gold for sporting prowess A Hartlepool primary school has landed a gold award for its commitment to school games and physical activity. Brougham Primary School – one of eight primary schools under the umbrella… Read More
9 Sep Ad Astra Academy Trust mourns the death of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II Ad Astra Academy Trust mourns the death of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. We are thankful for her service to this country and we offer our sincere condolences to the… Read More
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5 Sep School issues appeal after vandalism attack A Hartlepool primary school has issued an appeal to the local community for support after a recent vandalism attack. It follows a recent incident when youngsters got onto the roof… Read More
23 Jul School is beacon of success Rosebrook primary school is celebrating after receiving national recognition for its commitment to nature and protecting the environment. Rosebrook is one of only 18 primary schools in the country to… Read More
4 Jul Eddie the Eagle lands in Teesside to inspire local schools A famous Olympic ski jumper and celebrity landed in Teesside this week (Monday 4 July) to help inspire teachers and education bosses. Michael David Edwards, better known as ‘Eddie the… Read More
25 May Ad Astra Schools’ Sing Project As part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the schools within our trust have joined together to sing one of our Queen’s favourite songs. We hope you enjoy it! Read More
12 May Hartlepool primary school strikes gold A primary school in Hartlepool is celebrating after landing a gold award for its commitment to promoting arts and cultural activities throughout the school. Barnard Grove Primary School recently received… Read More
26 Apr Middlesbrough Mayor welcomes new headteacher The Mayor of Middlesbrough has welcomed the appointment of a new headteacher at the largest primary school in central Middlesbrough. Charlotte Haylock, previously an Executive Headteacher within Ad Astra Academy… Read More
13 Apr New Headteacher for Primary School A new headteacher had been appointed at one of the largest primary schools in Hartlepool. Lauren Furness has taken over the reigns at West View Primary School following a period… Read More
24 Mar School Trust continues to grow One of the North-East’s most successful academy trusts is set to add a further primary school to its portfolio. Sunnyside Academy in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough will join Ad Astra Academy… Read More
27 Sep Ad Astra Academy Trust launches recruitment video We are very proud of our employees and we believe by working for Ad Astra Academy Trust that employees thrive. Please watch the video below to find out what some… Read More
27 Sep Cash windfall to help young children shine Children at seven primary schools across Teesside are set to benefit from a new project after a £50,000 cash boost. It follows a successful bid to SHINE, an education charity… Read More