Message from CEO – 21 January 2018
Visiting Court de Wyck and Kingshill Church Schools this week, I was struck by the care and investment of time staff have given to creating high quality displays and motivating, engaging, well organised learning environments. Celebrating pupils’ progress and successes, stimulating their interest, sharing ideas and setting the highest expectations of what pupils can achieve is so strongly evident in both schools. It is wonderful to see.
At St Georges Church School, pupils have been creating and generating stories to develop their skills as writers.
These wonderful displays evidence pupils’ care in presenting their ideas and their writing skills. They also show the many creative, innovative ways teachers used resources, including photographs, to build and develop children’s understanding of setting, setting descriptions and story structures.
Pupils and staff in our Trust have demonstrated care and compassion towards others this week. At Wembdon St George’s, Isabel in Class 7 raised an incredible £400 as a result of choosing to have her long hair cut short to raise money for the Little Princess Trust – a charity supporting children who lose hair through cancer treatment. Carol Sheehan, Year 5 teacher at St James Taunton, is currently on a sabbatical to train to ride across America in an event known as RAAM. The team will be working in relay, aiming to cover the 3100 miles in 6 / 7 days. There will also be a colossal 170,000ft of climbing to be overcome as well as heat and fatigue. The charity supporting this epic adventure is Cyclists Fighting Cancer, www.cfcraam.bike. We wish Carol well with her preparations for this incredible challenge.
Teresa, Jason and I spent two days this week with the Head teachers and Chairs of LGBs of the 11 Bath schools joining our BWMAT family in March and April 2018. There is positive excitement about the future of our new Bath Hub, of the power of the collaboration that already exists between these schools and the potential of the new collaborations, partnerships and opportunities for sharing of expertise and best practice with all schools across our Trust this new hub will bring.
There are a number of vacancies on the BWMAT website with exciting opportunities for career development across our Trust. These currently include Head teacher roles at Trinity, Staplegrove and Oakhill. Do take time to look this at this page as it is regularly updated with vacancies of all types across our organisation.
At the start of this spring term, we welcome Christopher Partridge as Interim Head teacher at St Georges Church School. Chris is a highly experienced Head teacher we are fortunate to have seconded from St Paul’s Junior School in Shepton Mallet. He will be working with the school until the end of the academic year.
I would like to pass on my congratulations to Paul Sheehan, Head teacher at St Andrew’s Church School, who has been appointed to a School Improvement Post at University of Worcester. Paul will be leaving us at Easter to take up this exciting new role.
To return to where I started this week, across our Trust high quality learning environments are now setting the highest expectations for pupils. In so many schools, I see pupils and staff creating fantastic place to learn: for example, coats in corridors are hung up tidily; the library is attractive, enticing and fires pupils interest in all types of reading and discovering; resources in classrooms are easily accessible, well cared for, stimulating and motivating. Achieving this kind of high quality learning environment, in each of our schools, requires everyone to constantly value this. Thank you to leaders, teachers and staff for the way you work together to create learning environments which generate enjoyment, ambition and excitement for pupils, that celebrates the best of what they have achieved, that encourage and give them the confidence to reach further and aim even higher in the future.