About us

An Educational Adventure

Poppyfield Primary Academy is a brand new, 210-place free school in Cannock. It is due to open in September 2019 for Nursery and Reception, with one class per year group, with the aim of growing year-on-year up to Year 6. Poppyfield Academy is part of the Victoria Academies Trust family of schools, an established multi-academy trust with nine schools across the West Midlands.

Poppyfield Academy will offer an innovative and engaging curriculum that meets the needs of local children and is based around the NICER curriculum, which is used in many of the Trust schools, where performance in reading, writing and maths is well above the national and regional average.

Our state of the art primary school will be a two-storey building that will offer light and spacious classrooms, a learning resource centre equipped with the latest IT, as well as a food technology room, sports fields and outside play areas.
Poppyfield Academy will aim to be at the heart of this new community, acting as an educational and sports resource for local people.’

An Educational Adventure

Poppyfield Primary Academy is a brand new, 210-place free school in Cannock. It is due to open in September 2019 for Nursery and Reception, with one class per year group, with the aim of growing year-on-year up to Year 6. Poppyfield Academy is part of the Victoria Academies Trust family of schools, an established multi-academy trust with nine schools across the West Midlands.

Poppyfield Academy will offer an innovative and engaging curriculum that meets the needs of local children and is based around the NICER curriculum, which is used in many of the Trust schools, where performance in reading, writing and maths is well above the national and regional average.

Our state of the art primary school will be a two-storey building that will offer light and spacious classrooms, a learning resource centre equipped with the latest IT, as well as a food technology room, sports fields and outside play areas.
Poppyfield Academy will aim to be at the heart of this new community, acting as an educational and sports resource for local people.’

Vision & Values

We believe that Victoria Academies should be values-driven where leadership at all levels has a strong moral purpose. Taking inspiration from the Latin word Fides (‘To Trust’), we believe in five simple core values that underpin all that we do:

 

So that we can fulfil our purpose (or our ‘why’), we have a number of core values that drive all that we do. These serve as our guiding principles that help us navigate and should be nurtured for their own sake. We believe that our values stand the test of time and allow us to stay true to our purpose.

We are proud that the story behind our trust is built on two very strong historical women, Queen Victoria and the ancient Roman deity, Fides. The Trust is named after the sponsor and founding school, Victoria Park. The Latin root of the word Victoria (or ‘victory’) comes from ‘to overcome’. As we all know, Queen Victoria was alive at a time of a period of tremendous innovation and growth, and with a strong sense of traditional values, we think this is a lasting metaphor for all that we believe in as a Trust.

Our values are built around five key beliefs (or tenets) based on the Latin word Fides, the ancient Roman goddess of trust (as in ‘confidential’). Fides was also the guardian of good faith (bona fide) and honesty. Her temple on the Capitol in ancient Rome was where the Senate of the Roman Empire signed and kept state treaties and new laws, and where Fides protected them over two thousand years ago. Meaning ‘to trust’, Fides therefore underpins all that we do

About the Trust

Victoria Academies is an established multi-academy trust (MAT) in the West Midlands that consists of local schools that all share a passion for excellence, innovation and social change.

As a values-led trust, our purpose is to make all our people become the best they can be. This is our reason for being and is why we created the MAT in 2014. Everything that we do is designed to serve the needs of our young people and their communities through social change. We do this by creating ‘standout’ schools that have flipped the concept of ‘outstanding’ and re-defined excellence in a way that is purposeful, wholesome and empowering to our communities. Quite simply, we want our family of schools to become the best in the world.

Our purpose is simple. It’s to make our people become the best they can be. This is our reason for being and why we established the Trust in the first place. By working together as a partnership of schools, with a core set of values and a real and tangible vision, we believe that we can achieve far more as a partnership than by working alone

Victoria Academies Trust

You can learn more about the Trust’s  and it’s vision and values by visiting the Victoria Academies Trust website

Meet the Team

Kate Tewley

Kate Tewley

I am the Director of School Improvement for Victoria Academies Trust and Executive Headteacher for Rowley Park Academy, Fibbersley Park Academy and Poppyfield Academy. For more information please email me at kate.tewley@victrust.org
 
Rebecca Scordis

Rebecca Scordis

I am Head of School at Poppyfield Primary Academy. My role is to ensure that all pupils explore and develop their skills in a safe and enjoyable environment which encourages them to become confident, respectful and active members of the community. For more information please email me at rscordis@poppyfieldacademy.org.uk
Lisa Worgan

Lisa Worgan

I am Lead for Curriculum across all of the Victoria Academies Trust schools, as part of the Core Team. My role is to ensure all children part of VAT engage in Real, Immersive and Purposeful learning through our design and approach to the curriculum. For more information please contact me at lisa.worgan@victrust.org
Nicky Clements

Nicky Clements

I am Head of Early Years at Victoria Academies Trust. My role involves working with all the EYFS teams across the Trust to provide our youngest children with a Stand Out start to their education. Please email me at  nicky.clements@victrust.org.uk
Joe Tewley

Joe Tewley

I am the Hub Business Manager for a cluster of schools under the direction of Victoria Academies Trust. My role is to ensure all aspects of the non-teaching and learning side of things within the cluster are running smoothly – these include; Finance, Human Resources, ICT, Premises, Marketing and Administration. For more information please do not hesitate to contact me at joe.tewley@rowleyparkacademy.org.uk
Vicky Tunnicliffe

Vicky Tunnicliffe

I am the Communications and Marketing Officer at Rowley Park Primary Academy, I update the school website, organise open days and also provide marketing support across the trust.  For more information please email me at vicky.tunnicliffe@rowleyparkacademy.org.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If you don’t find the answers to your queries here or on this website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Why does the area need a new school?

With over 750 new homes being built in the area, there is a need for additional primary school places. 

When will the school open?

Poppyfield Primary School will open in September 2019 for Nursery and Reception with the aim of it growing on a year-on-year basis until the original reception class are in year 6 when the school will be at full capacity.

What is a free school?

Free schools are independent, state-funded schools. They have the same legal status as academies.

Can free schools generate profit?

No. Free schools can only be set up and owned by charities. The school will be run by the Head and their leadership team and they will be answerable to a Board of Governors/Academy Councillors.

How are free schools governed?

Free schools are a type of academy. A free school is run by an independent charitable company called an academy trust, rather than the Local Authority. An academy trust is made up of members and directors. Directors act as the governors of the school and are held to account by the members.

Who will manage the school?

The school will be run by the Victoria Academies Trust (VAT), which has proven experience as a primary school provider, and currently manages 9 schools in the West Midlands. Visit the www.victoriaacademiestrust.org for information.

What are the benefits of being part of a larger family of schools?

Being part of a family of schools, being able to learn from their successes and experiences, and to use tried-and-tested educational methods that it knows will work.

By Poppyfield Primary Academy opening does it mean less money for the other schools in the area?

No. Funding for free schools is equivalent to the funding of maintained schools and academies in the same local authority area. The opening of a free school does not mean that the overall funding available in an area goes down. However, the total funding an individual school receives will depend on the number of pupils attending.

What is the admissions policy?

Our full admissions policy is available here

How do I apply for a place for my child?

Visit the Apply page of our website for full details

Are free schools selective?

No. Free schools have to follow the new admissions code like all state-funded schools.

Does the school follow the National Curriculum?

At Poppyfield Academy, we work hard to ensure that all pupils follow the National Curriculum as appropriate to the needs of our pupils. Prior to opening the school, our full approach to the teaching of Maths, English, Science, ICT / Computing, PE and all foundation subjects will be published for viewing on our website. For more details on the school’s curriculum, visit the Teaching and Learning Page of our website.

Is the school still evaluated by Ofsted?

Like all state schools, free schools are inspected by Ofsted.

What facilities will the new school offer?

The new school building will include classrooms plus a digital technology area and learning resource centre equipped with the latest IT. There will be food technology room, exercise/gym studio and a school dining/hall.  Outside, there will be a multi-use games area and football pitch as well as play spaces, forest school area, habitat areas and parking. It is hoped that the local community will have access to educational and recreational facilities at the school.

What will the school’s nursery offer?

We will aim for the school’s nursery provision to begin as soon as there is demand, frominitialenquiries we believe there to be that demand as of September 2019.

Poppyfield Nursery will provide the best foundation for learning and a safe, caring and stimulating environment for children. The 15 or 30 hour funded places will also be supplemented by a flexible package of wraparound care during the extended day to fit in with parents’ working hours dependant on local demand for that service. Staff from our Nursery and Reception classes will work alongside the Early Years Leader to plan activities that suit the needs of the children and provide continuity and progression across both settings.

Will the school have SEN provision?

Poppyfield will provide high-quality education for children of all abilities, from the most able to those needing additional support.

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