General | June 1, 2017

1 June 2017 – News on Amanda Phillips

It is with tremendous sadness that I have to tell you that Amanda died yesterday. While on holiday in France earlier this week, Amanda suffered a fall incurring serious head injuries which proved fatal. I know I speak for us all when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and family.

Amanda’s death is a dreadful tragedy. She led Paradigm Trust with enormous energy, tremendous skill and most of all an enduring passion to give every child an outstanding education.

She will be missed so much by everyone and we understand you will have questions – many of which we will not be able to answer yet. We are working on contingency plans and further news will be published in the Paradigm Trust website as it is available.

David Willis


General | November 11, 2015

Egyptian Remix Ringtones Downloads

As part of last term’s topic on the Egyptians, a number of pupils from Year 4 composed and produced their very own Egyptian-style ringtones with visiting music technology specialist, Joe Allen. They used Apple GarageBand to mix samples of traditional Egyptian instruments with contemporary beats and sound effects to create their masterpieces.

Download the results and use them on your mobile!

[Right click on the links below in order to download]



General | October 29, 2015

Train to Teach Roadshow – Tuesday 10 November 2015 at Trinity Park, Ipswich

Paradigm Trust is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Train to Teach Roadshow event on Tuesday 10 November 2015 at Trinity Park, Ipswich. The event will be open to the public between 5 and 8pm. Information will be available as to the primary and secondary opportunities available within Paradigm Trust, both in Ipswich and in London. Information concerning our subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) offer  will also be available.

Further information, including booking, is available here.

Diary date – Paradigm Trust will also be exhibiting at the Chelmsford event (24 November) and the Norwich event (11 February 2016).

General | October 14, 2015

Train to teach with Paradigm – applications open on 27 October

We offer initial teacher education (primary and secondary, all subject areas) through our salaried School Direct programme. As a trainee teacher you will have access to invaluable school and classroom experience that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience you will need to become an excellent class teacher.

This programme is for graduates and career changer graduates wishing to train to become teachers. We are also able to offer parallel, salaried training opportunities for strong candidates (secondary only) who do not have a degree but who can demonstrate clear aptitude and desire to develop a teaching career. We would consider applications for salaried training places from school leavers who have, or are predicted to achieve, strong A levels (or equivalent) and can demonstrate an interest in, and experience of, working with children and young people.

More information is available here.

General | March 11, 2015

GarageBand comes to Old Ford Primary!

Pupils from year 5 composed music and sound effects for a topic-linked advert as part of a project using Garageband on iMac computers.

Pupils watched the original advert, observed the teacher begin to create a soundtrack and were then given free reign over their own. The group appraised the original music, discussed how it suited the mood and purpose of the advert, and considered this in their own work .

Listen via our YouTube channel!

General | March 3, 2015

Advice on keeping children and young people safe against radicalisation and extremism

The local authority has produced the following leaflet to provide advice to parents, carers and families:

Advice to Parents and Carers Keeping Children and Young People Safe Against Radicalisation and Extremism

General | February 27, 2015

INSET training day – Monday 22nd June

Please note that school will be closed to pupils on Monday 22nd of June for a staff training day.

General | February 13, 2015

Read the 13 February newsletter

Read about:

  • successful fundraising for Cancer Research
  • lunch money arrangements
  • nursery closure dates
  • important safety information concerning parking outside school

…and lots of other information!

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General | February 9, 2015

Safer Internet Day – Tuesday 10 February

Old Ford is contributing to the Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations/promotions on Tuesday 10th February.

There will be a SID assembly across all key stages on Tuesday with a school wide competition to design a keeping safe on the internet poster.  We will also be running a workshop on how to keep children safe online for parents/ carers/ friends of the school community.

During the week each class will engage in a SID activity to further promote awareness.


General | February 6, 2015

Read the 6 February newsletter

Read about:

  • attendance awards and star pupils
  • nursery closure dates
  • value nominations
  • Sunshine toddler group

…and lots of other information!

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Last updated February 13, 2015