Message From CEO – 22 April 2018
This week, I have been reflecting on a quote from Court de Wyck Church School’s ‘Good’ inspection report, ratified on Tuesday.
‘Pupils particularly enjoy being part of a ‘Crew’. Children from all year groups contribute to the school’s success and ‘no pupil is a passenger’. This collective responsibility supports pupils’ strong sense of belonging, the respect they have for each other and adults, and their pride in the school.’
Taking this idea Trust-wide, collectively we are all ‘crew’ of the BWMAT. We all contribute to our Trust’s success. We make best progress when we take collective responsibility for and work together to ensure each of us, whatever our role within the crew, carries out their tasks with a strong sense of belonging, with respect for each other and with a focus on our shared moral purpose. When we do this, our Trust sails forward, towards its destination: providing the very best education of mind, body and spirit for every BWMAT pupil.
This week, Beech and Rowan class at Staplegrove Church School found out about the explorer Ernest Shackleton. Pupils learnt about how Ernest led his crew on a dangerous, challenging expedition across the Antarctic on the ship ‘Endurance’. Children discovered amazing information about the climate and the wildlife. As the picture above shows, pupils especially enjoyed using drama to work together, to understand and learn more about the crew’s adventures.
On Monday evening, over 70 Key Stage 1 families took part in a ‘Mathematics and Movie Evening’. This creative idea was an impressive success: parents and carers found out more about how Mathematics is taught and how to access new resources in the ‘Invent Gallery’ at the school. Meanwhile, children enjoyed popcorn and watching the movie ‘Up’. Plans are now being made for a similar event to support the development of Mathematics at KS2.
On Tuesday, pupils from Kingshill, St John the Evangelist and Court de Wyck Church Schools took part in the North Somerset dance festival at the Weston Playhouse. Pupils performed fantastic, innovative routines with confidence and enjoyment. Thank you to staff who supported and organised this: Miss Pennell and Miss Ham from Kingshill; Mrs Williams and Naomi Jeffrey from St John the Evangelist; Miss Brown and Hayley from Court de Wyck.
Pupils at Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School have enjoyed working together to study caterpillars and frogspawn on their investigation table. They have also spent time learning about flowers and what they need to grow, mini-beasts and their habitats in the garden area.
So, finally this week, congratulations to all at Court de Wyck on your Ofsted inspection report. It identifies and celebrates the things we want for every person, every learner – pupils, staff, members of the Central Team and Trustees – across our Trust: that learning happens
‘… within a caring and supportive environment. Staff morale is high… there is particularly good use made of opportunities within the academy trust to develop teaching and leadership skills, to share expertise and to learn from each other. [There is an] an ethos of openness and transparency, where systems to improve the quality of teaching are leading to improving outcomes for pupils.’
To return to the idea of us all being members of a ‘crew’, learning will happen across our Trust as we acknowledge, celebrate and build on the very best of each of our skills, knowledge and understanding, where we work together, collaboratively, supportively and with respect for each other. As a crew, pulling together, we can make the highest quality learning a destination, a reality, every day for everyone.