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Our University Partnerships - Student Case Studies
As a result of University Schools Trust’s unique relationship with its five leading university Trust Partners, knowledge and resources are shared and a multitude of benefits continue to be provided for both students and staff within our schools. For example, St Paul’s Way Trust Research Centre replicates the teaching laboratories at Queen Mary University of London’s Mile End campus. This enables students to carry out undergraduate-style investigation work, such as stem cell/DNA research, with academics at the university. Similarly, St Paul’s Way Foundation School has been built with a Science hub, providing rich learning experiences for our primary age students, as well as helping to fulfil our aim to increase the number of students taking STEM based degrees. University Schools Trust (UST) students also have access to opportunities such as university internships, student learning mentors, subject specific masterclasses and summer schools to gain a deeper insight into their chosen degree subjects. For teaching staff, our university partners provide professional development opportunities and offer support for those wishing to undertake higher education studies. The following case studies highlight two fantastic students who previously attended St Paul’s Way Trust School (SPWT) and are now studying full time at King’s College London, one of our partner universities.  Name: Maleka Course: BA Political Economy Year: 2 What did you enjoy about your time at St Paul’s Way Trust School? I enjoyed participating in extra-curricular activities that SPWT had to offer - there was a great number of opportunities. For instance, I participated in the Economics Think Tank, Law Moot, Drapers’ Enterprise Project and I was a mentor to primary school children at Into-University. I truly enjoyed the process of participating in new experiences and challenges, as well as developing skills such as public speaking.  What did you study for A level? Economics, Government & Politics and Religious Studies. What made you want to study Political Economy at King’s College London? Because I enjoyed both Politics and Economics at A level. However, I understood that if I was to study Politics alone, a lot of reading would be involved. I also understood that if I was to study Economics alone, a lot of maths would be involved. Therefore, I decided to choose a course which included a mixture of both so that I would have a balance of reading and maths. Did you find SPWT’s partnership with King’s helpful for your application to study there? Yes definitely! The link between SPWT and King’s contributed to my application being considered at a higher level, in comparison to applications from students at other schools. Due to the link that SPWT has with King’s, I was able to participate in the Realising Opportunities programme. This programme provided me with the opportunity to visit King’s regularly throughout the year to gain a deeper understanding of life at university. As part of the Realising Opportunities programme, I had to write an academic assignment and complete a skills test. I successfully completed the programme and as a result my application to King’s was considered at a high level. Therefore, I am so thankful for the opportunities that I was provided with due to SPWT’s partnership with King’s. What is your favourite thing about University? The job opportunities that are on offer for students, which are fantastic for students like me to earn an income alongside their studies. They are also very flexible as we get to work when we are available, so we do not need to worry about clashes to our timetable. I work as a Widening Participation (WP) ambassador at King’s College London. This role requires me to work with students from disadvantaged backgrounds, aged approximately 10-18. I participate in Q&A sessions, conduct campus tours as well as deliver in-school sessions to a group of year 7 and 9 students. My role as a WP ambassador has to be one of the highlights of my time at King’s as I have been able to contribute to beneficial programmes for students all over the country who may soon be at university. The WP scheme truly engages with students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ease the process to higher education and I have been privileged with the opportunity to see the benefits that such programmes bring, particularly because I was a WP student while I was at SPWT. In addition, the role has allowed me to meet other student ambassadors from other campuses and a range of courses. This has been a brilliant way for me to make new friends. I definitely recommend prospective students to apply to be a WP ambassador when you get to university! Have you joined any societies/do any extra-curricular activities? I am currently Head of Communications for the First Generation Network, a community of students who are all the first in their family to go to university. We have regular meetings where we discuss issues that we face as first generations students and collectively come up with ideas and solutions to help combat these problems. I also currently work as a WP ambassador, Debate Mate lead mentor and brand ambassador for the Department for Education and Deloitte. Occasionally, I like to volunteer my time at events hosted by organisations such as RMP Enterprise and Centre for London. What are the highlights of your studies so far? One of my highlights is when I managed to gain the London Experience Award. This award was given to me as I demonstrated I had spent over 30 hours working with people in London. I had to write a 2,000-word assignment on how I had contributed to the welfare of London communities and what I had learnt from the experience. Being given the opportunity to write this assignment allowed me to showcase my experiences as well as receive an award for it. I am grateful to have had this opportunity. What do you hope to do after University? My future aspirations include working with organisations that help young people in education. I aspire to work with students from widening participation backgrounds including students from Black, Asian and Minority backgrounds. I believe that many students from such backgrounds recognise barriers to entry when thinking about university. Therefore, I aim to work with such students, to inform them about access to university and create a less blurry idea of university. I believe that all students, regardless of background should be given the opportunity to pursue higher education. If you could give one piece of advice to a student at SPWT what would it be? Partake in as many opportunities as possible. Apply for voluntary work and try and gain work experience. You never know where one opportunity may take you and what benefits you can gain from them. Building networks with organisations can be extremely useful in the future. That being said, make sure you study hard! Partake in as many opportunities as possible but do not let these extra-curricular activities lead to the detriment of your education. Your education will always come first. Lastly, believe in yourself and don’t let the idea of ‘I don’t have time’ get to you. There are enough hours in a day for you to study, socialise and partake in extra-curricular activities. So, organise your time, be realistic, be strict and believe in yourself! You got this!   Name: Sami Course: Biomedical Science BSc Year: 1 What did you enjoy about your time at St Paul’s Way Trust School? The thing I most enjoyed was the College-like atmosphere. Even though St Paul’s Way sixth form was small, it was really good as everyone knew each other and people were very friendly. One of my highlights was playing football on Friday after school, as it was a great way to let off steam as well as get to know the year below. SPWT also prepared me well for the future, making me more independent and more confident, especially through projects like the Authentic Biology Project and presenting at the symposium, which really helped with my presentation skills. Members of staff were always around when I needed help or when things got a bit stressful. The sixth form team especially were a big help when it came to UCAS and applying to uni. But the main thing I liked about my time at sixth form was the people I was surrounded by, everyone was there to support each other and enjoy our sixth form experience. What did you study for A level? Biology, Chemistry, and Maths. What made you want to study Biomedical Sciences at King’s College London? Originally I had applied for medicine; unfortunately, I didn't get in, but I was offered a place at King’s to do Biomedical Sciences. After looking at the course online in more detail, I decided to accept their offer, because first of all it is close to home and I was sure I didn’t want to take a gap year, but also because of the wide variety of choice you get especially in second and third year. I liked how in first year you learn the basics of everything and in second year, if you want, you can switch to degrees such as Bio-Chemistry or Neuroscience without having to retake first year, as everyone studied the same things as a large cohort. There are no compulsory modules that you HAVE to do, students can pick and choose their modules based on what they want to do and enjoy for the whole 2 years, without being told you have to do this or that.  What is your favourite thing about University? The freedom you get. You can find the best study method for you and work your own way. It is also very flexible; for example, if you can’t make it to a group session such as a practical, you can email the module organisers and attend one at a later date so you don't miss out. Have you joined any societies/do any extra-curricular activities? I am mainly part of the Islamic society, and they do activities throughout the year such as charity events and football every Friday. I have also been to other societies’ events which are a lot of fun, and some, such as the Biomedical student association, help you if you have any worries or questions.  What are the highlights of your studies so far? The highlight has to be the getting my first result back. I achieved 95% - seeing my first result that high has boosted my confidence for the rest of the year. Another highlight has been meeting new people. What do you hope to do after University? I would either like to stay in education and get into Medicine or go into research related to my field of study. King’s have provided several talks and advice on both options which has been very helpful.  The talks usually include people who have graduated from King’s, either as postgraduate doctors or Biomedical scientists that are now part of research companies. If you could give one piece of advice to a student at SPWT what would it be? To not be shy and get involved in as many things as possible, because the skills you pick up will really benefit you. It will make you more confident and make the start of uni, and meeting new people, a whole lot easier. The other thing I would say is to enjoy your time in sixth form and make good use of your time.   Thank you to Sami and Maleka, and keep an eye out for more case studies coming soon!  
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University Schools Trust Launch Event
Trustees, patrons, students, staff and supporters came together at the UST’s launch event at Toynbee Hall on 5th February 2019. As well the official launch of UST to the community, the event was an opportunity to thank its supporters and to celebrate the work and achievements of the last year. The event was centred around the presentation of the 2017/2018 Annual Report, available to view here. The report details UST’s growth, and the array of improvements undergone in both Royal Greenwich Trust School and St Paul’s Way Trust School over the past year. There was a real atmosphere of celebration and community collaboration, with students from the member schools alongside University representatives, business partners, religious leaders and distinguished guests. Two wonderful instrumental performances by St Paul’s Way Trust school students marked the occasion and showcased some of the multitude of talent at the schools. Jim Minton, CEO of Toynbee Hall, first welcomed the guests to the historic venue and spoke about its roots as a settlement house for philanthropists establishing social enterprise in the area. Dr Tim Bradshaw, CEO of Russell Group, went on to address the importance of social mobility to Russell Group Universities. Peter Heathcote, Chair of UST, provided detail about Queen Mary University’s involvement, as well as key aspects of the trustee report. Christine Whatford CBE, Acting CEO of UST, rounded up the speeches by providing a report on performance in 2017/18. She emphasised UST’s commitment to sustainable growth and continuing to improve the outcomes for all its students as well as further development of its workforce strategy to recruit and retain the highest quality staff at all levels.
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UST Agrees Contract For New School Websites
University Schools Trust (UST) are proud to be working in partnership with Cleverbox to deliver digital excellence within the UST network.  In early 2019 the two UST schools will launch their new school websites, which will be designed, built, hosted and supported by Cleverbox. John Middleton, Director of Innovation at UST explains: “With Cleverbox having created our new UST website, the decision to work with them to create further school sites was an easy one to make. The process of getting our Trust website up and running was smooth and straightforward. It will be fantastic to have all our school websites connected together, and the team at UST really love how easy it is to upload and maintain content using Cleverbox’s content management system.” On behalf of Cleverbox, Daniel Clackett, Senior Account Director, said: “Cleverbox are so proud to be working in partnership with UST and are delighted with the positive feedback we have received following the launch of their Trust website. We believe that every Trust is unique, which is why we have delivered a fully bespoke website package to UST to roll out across their entire network of schools. Their websites look fantastic, deliver a fantastic user experience for parents and, critically, are so easy for the schools to maintain and manage – that’s the key to success!” Both of the UST schools’ Headteachers are excited with the outcome of this partnership. Phil Akerman, Executive Headteacher at St Paul’s Way Trust School, said: “We have a highly talented and creative team at our school, and the designs for the new website are really wonderful. I want us to be able to promote the great work of our teachers, the successes of our pupils and the excellence of our events. It is also incredibly important that we find new ways to keep connected with our parents and the local community. Our new website will help us do all this”. At Royal Greenwich Trust School, Headteacher, Dr Richard Marshall, was equally enthusiastic: “As a growing school, with a great deal happening all the time, we are always searching to find new ways to capture all the latest news and communicate it effectively to as many people as possible. Our existing website doesn’t quite meet all our needs - our new Cleverbox website will be state-of-the-art in comparison. We can’t wait. It will be a great advertisement to all those pupils and staff thinking of joining us in September”. ‘’UST is based on a unique set of partnerships, with 6 world-leading universities and 5 sector-leading organisations. It is wonderful to see how well this has been captured in our Trust website, and I am confident that the new school websites will better capture all that is so wonderful about our schools” says Grahame Price, the Chief Executive Officer of UST. Make sure you check out the new websites in January!
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Opening of St Paul's Way Foundation School
Students celebrate opening of their new Foundation School Over 600 students, families, staff and distinguished guests celebrated the grand opening of St Paul's Way Foundation School on 31st October 2018. It was the latest development for St Paul’s Way which has seen a range of new facilities open for the community over the past decade, many delivered by St Paul’s Way Trust School. There was a real carnival atmosphere as student drummers, dancers and musicians joined together with developer Telford Homes and Housing Association Poplar HARCA in this beautiful, bright and purpose built site; an ideal space for the future adults of this community to learn, play and develop as they engage with an inspirational curriculum under the care of dedicated teachers and support staff.  Families and visitors toured the wonderful new teaching spaces, playground and Early Years' outdoor spaces including the orchard and allotment and the younger children enjoyed the new playground equipment. The school opened in temporary accommodation in 2013, and the new purpose-build facilities allow the school to expand it numbers. It is already over-subscribed! This wonderful occasion also served as an opportunity to celebrate the fruition of the exciting 'Through School' vision started a few years ago by Grahame Price NLE, in his former role as Executive Headteacher, and Professor Peter Heathcote, the then Chair of Governors. They are now Chief Executive and Chair respectively of UST, which oversees these schools. In the opening ceremony Grahame Price thanked the wide team of people who had delivered this new school building, adding “students will benefit even more from the exceptional teaching and learning possible in these new state of the art facilities.” Provision had been further enriched by the unique contribution of the University School Trust, which oversees the running of the school, and its Business Partners. An added advantage of the scheme is that working with Poplar Harca on this development ensures that many of the facilities, including the school hall, will be available for community use. Steve Stride, CEO of Poplar Harca, one of the Trust Partners, said “We’re proud to have taken the school from concept to completion. It’s important for our young people and their parent. The school is part of our regeneration programme which includes homes, a faith building, two pockets parks and a games area.” End -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Editor’s Notes UST is University Schools Trust, a Multi Academy Trust that includes St Paul’s Way Trust School and Royal Greenwich Trust School. St Paul’s Way Trust School is a ‘through-school’, containing a Foundation School, Secondary School and Sixth Form. St Paul’s Way Foundation School is a 2 form of entry primary school with nursery provision. NLE is a National Leader of Education, which recognises strong school leaders, who have experience of effectively supporting schools in challenging circumstances. NLEs work alongside teaching schools and other system leaders to provide high quality support to those who need it most.  
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2018 Exam Results
Press Release Best Ever Results at UST Schools The results for UST Schools this year were the best yet, and were a true reflection of all the hard work by students and staff and the support provided by families and our Trust Partners. In our Foundation School pupils exceeded all the national benchmarks, with writing and mathematics significantly above the national average: “I am thrilled by these results, and want to congratulate everyone. We are over-subscribed with our brand new school now open which will really help us support our wonderful students and their amazing families even more this year.” Clare Lynam, Headteacher, St Paul’s Way Foundation School At St Paul’s Way Trust, which has been graded by OfSTED as ‘Outstanding’ since 2013, the results were amongst the top 10% in the country with a stunning overall performance at A Level: 97% of students achieved A*-C at A Level 96% of students progressed to university 60% of students progressed to Russell Group universities Some of the many noteable individual results at A Level included Ijaz Choudhury who achieved 3 A* grades and secured The Barts & The London Medicine Scholarship (worth £75,000 over seven years) organised in collaboration with one of our Trust Partners (Queen Mary University of London), and Alexandra Pricop who achieved 3 A grades is going on to study Medicine at Kings College London.  The results at GCSE were equally impressive with Labib Khan achieving seven grade 9s, one A* and one A** in Further Maths, the top grade possible. Jenny Hunyh also achieved A** in Further Maths, along with six grade 9s, two grade 8s and two grade 7s.  Other top performers include Ibrahim Thasin with five grade 9s, and one A*, Alana Alberto-Assiss with five grade 9s and Tanzim Chowdhury with five grade 9s, four grade 8s and one grade A. “The exceptional achievement of our Y11 and sixth form students this year, the best in our school's history, demonstrates that remarkable things really do happen when you combine your students' potential, their hard work and their determination with great support from their families and a talented and committed teaching/tutor team.” Phil Akerman, Executive Headteacher, St Paul’s Way Trust And students and staff were also celebrating at Royal Greenwich Trust School as well.  This school, which only joined a couple of years ago, has already seen their Sixth Form results improve: 96% of students secured their next step 58% of students secured a place at university 38% of students joined apprenticeships programmes or started work The top performing student, Ruth Osagiator-Obude, achieved A*AA (in Geography, Psychology and Economics), becoming the most successful student in the short history of the school. She will go on to read Politics, Philosophy & Economics at University College, Oxford, another first for a student from our school. Phillip Wulfhorst achieved straight As in Physics, Maths and Further Maths, and will go on to study Biomedical Engineering at King’s College, London. Our Engineering cohort once again yielded the school’s strongest results leading to a wealth of places to study Engineering at the country’s top institutions, including Brunel, Nottingham and Birmingham. Among the top performing students were Mubarik Jehoney and Esosa Ighodaro, who both achieved Triple D* and were rewarded with places at Leeds University. “We are thrilled by the results this year, which says so much about the talented staff team and hard-working students at our school.  We have come a long way in such a very short time, and with the recent ground-breaking for our new buildings and already being oversubscribed, the whole school is ambitious to do even better this year”. Dr Richard Marshall, Headteacher, Royal Greenwich Trust School Commenting on these results the Chief Executive of UST, Grahame Price who is a National Leader of Education, said: ‘We are very proud of the achievements of all of our students and reflects the hard work of our staff and the commitment of our Trust Partners.  Our schools continue to be beacons of success for the communities they serve and I am delighted that through our School of Education we are helping other schools achieve similar success’.   End.   For more information please contact us at info@ust.london

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