Message From CEO – 3 June 2018
I hope you all had some restful, enjoyable moments throughout the last week.
Whilst reflecting on last half term, I was struck again by leaders, teachers, staff and members of the central team’s commitment to their own and their peers’ on-going learning and the importance of this for our Trust’s future.
Just before the Bank Holiday, Jason Eveleigh reported how wonderful it was to see his team welcoming colleagues to St James and leading a room full of early years’ practitioners from many feeder settings in some excellent work. His enthusiasm was echoed by feedback from teachers who attended, of which the following was typical, “It was an amazingly productive and valuable meeting which has opened many doors to obtaining a cohesive EYFS across Taunton and the wider community for the future. Exciting times! Massive thanks, loved it.”
Other development opportunities in the same week included NQT and NQT+1, Assessment Hub Leads, Bath Hub Governor Induction meetings at St Saviours Infants and Bathampton Church School, SIAMS update training led by Pauline Dodds from the Diocese and a meeting of Bath Hub SENCOs who were joined by Fiona O’Connor and Claire West.
It is fantastic we have such dedicated leaders, staff and governors who understand the importance of, support, embrace, make high quality contributions to and, in some cases, lead learning across the BWMAT.
Also in May, three teams of young entrepreneurs at St Saviour’s Junior School: Team Lightning, Speed Stingers and Flaming Fury, won through to the South West Regional Finals of the ‘F1 in Schools Jaguar Primary Challenge’. The complex project challenged teams to design, manufacture and make a race car out of card with a body shell to fit a standard chassis using CAD/CAM template software. Impressively, teams also create a 10 page design portfolio, a five-minute verbal presentation and a ‘Pit Stop’ to display their work at the regional finals held at Beechen Cliff School.
Project Leader and Y6 teacher Cheryl Merrett said, “A massive part of the project is based on successful teamwork. The children have worked really well together. We are very proud of them.”
It has been a privilege to visit some of the newest schools to join the BWMAT family since the beginning of May and to meet staff, leaders, governors and pupils. It has been fantastic to see some of the innovative, creative ways they are promoting high quality teaching, learning and leadership. I am very much looking forward to visiting more schools across the Bath Hub over the course of the next few weeks. I would also like to say a particular thank you to the Business Managers and their finance teams for the hard work, time and dedication they are giving to ensure their school’s smooth transition to finance systems within our Trust. The new learning you are embracing and the challenges you are addressing with resilience, skill and determination are a vital part of supporting the growth and development of your schools and, ultimately, your pupils’ learning.
Just before half term, Cherry and Oak class at Staplegrove Church School made the journey across the Severn Bridge to the Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths to experience and explore some of the best Roman remains in the UK.
During a day packed full of enjoyment, working together and new learning, pupils built up a vivid picture of life in second-century Roman Britain.
Reception pupils at St Mark’s had an ‘Awe and Wonder’ moment just before half term watching as Jemima Puddleduck hatched. Understandably, they love their new addition to the class.
Thank you all, leaders, teachers and staff, for the many incredible ways you have supported our pupils and their learning across the academic year so far. Thank you for the plans you are making to develop and extend pupils’ learning still further – whilst preparing them to look forward to September, whether in a new phase, school, or class, with confidence, excitement and anticipation. Thank you for the commitment you show to your own learning, to that of your peers and to staff across our Trust.
It is your ongoing dedication to all of these things, using the personal and professional skills, knowledge and qualities each of you brings, that will enable us, across this summer half term, to work together to reach to achieve our shared aim, to provide the highest quality, exciting, challenging, enriching learning for every pupil, every day across our Trust.