Message from CEO 10 September 2017
What a fantastic start to the academic year.
In our schools, across our hubs and throughout our central team, there has been a sense of purpose, passion and energy. It has been wonderful to hear about and see the buzz of enthusiasm for and excitement about learning being generated in classrooms, throughout schools and beyond. For example, on the first day of term Bishops Lydeard Church School took 101 Key Stage 2 pupils for a steam ride on the Flying Scotsman. Children then created and performed steam train poetry and generated art work inspired by their experiences.
During my visits to schools this week, I was also struck by the time, skill and effort site managers and premises staff have put into working with other staff to make learning environments safe, well organised and inspiring places for our pupils to learn. In each school, office and support staff were extending warm welcomes to staff, pupils, parents, carers and other visitors and evidencing their skills and commitment to facilitating the effective running of their school.
There is so much to look forward to in the coming term and across this year. On Wednesday next week, Head teachers and our Central Team will be meeting at Cannington to generate collaborative, innovative plans for the development of our North Somerset, Taunton and South Somerset Hubs in 2017 -18. Later this year, in an important first, our teaching assistants will be invited to a BWMAT TA Conference on developing the curriculum. Teachers and leaders from all of our schools will meet at our October Conference, ‘Mathmagical’, to explore, share and celebrate practical, creative approaches to mathematics.
There is a deepening confidence in what we are building and developing as we forge new relationships and nurture established ones. We are fortunate to be welcoming Nigel Daniel as Chair of our Trust’s Board of Directors and John Jeffery as Vice-Chair. Nigel brings a unique blend of knowledge of and commitment to our Trust – having been a key member for a number of years. His many skills include those from his previous work in finance. John also brings a wealth of experience having been Head teacher of an Outstanding School, a National Leader in Education and having provided school improvement support in schools across Somerset.
On Friday, our new Regional School’s Commissioner, Lisa Mannall, shared her priorities for schools and Trusts across the South West: improving the progress and attainment of our most disadvantaged and most talented children; meeting the challenge of rural schools; embedding system leadership through effective school to school support. We will shortly be sharing our Trust’s priorities and Strategic Plan.
As the term has started, teams and individuals have shown determination, resilience and the highest aspirations. You have worked together, focusing on the thing that drives us – providing the very best education of mind, body and spirit for all of our pupils. I am hugely grateful to you all.