Message from CEO – 8 July 2018
It has been an amazing week as teachers, leaders, staff, governors and the wider community have worked together to promote and develop the highest quality teaching, learning and leadership.
Over the last few weeks, Laura and Hannah, Year 6 teachers from our Taunton Hub, have shared their experience and facilitated professional dialogue about Joint Professional Development with the Leadership team at St Michael’s in Bath. St Michael’s, in turn, have been working with colleagues to develop this in the Bath Hub. Thank you for this, it is a wonderful example of teachers making a difference to teaching and learning in and beyond their own school and hub. Together, you are creating a joint way of working where teachers have space to reflect and make a difference to their own practice for the benefit of children across our Trust.
Congratulations to Duncan Gordon and all at Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School whose ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement was ratified this week. I am particularly delighted Ofsted recognised the way you embrace professional development and the impact this has had on teaching and learning.
‘You have made good use of the increased opportunities afforded through working with other schools in the Trust. Leaders, teachers and support staff share good practice and gain on going professional development through linking directly with colleagues in similar roles. This has markedly strengthened teaching.
One parent stated, ‘Our child is always stimulated by the exciting learning opportunities and challenges pupils are given. They really respond well to the way in which the school encourages and really celebrates learning in all areas of the curriculum.’
This week, I would like to thank parents, carers, governors, staff, Head teachers and friends of each school’s community who work so hard, throughout the year, to organise and support fund raising activities. Your commitment and dedication is clear in the time and care with which fetes and a wide range of other fund raising activities are planned and brought to fruition.
The potential benefits for pupils’ learning was evident at Staplegrove Church School this week where, thanks to a generous donation from FOSS (Friends of Staplegrove School), pupils have been able to find out more about our solar system and enjoy a visit from the Space Odyssey Planetarium.
As they squeezed into the huge dome in the dark, children were excited to learn about space missions, to see planets and constellations projected onto the ceiling.
I would also like to say thank you to the governors from each hub who, over the last few weeks, have shared their skills and given their time to work with us to gain a greater understanding of each of our roles and develop our Scheme of Delegation. The many important contributions you made will enable us to go forward together with greater clarity and confidence in 2018-19.
Bishop Peter inspired and delighted pupils and staff at St John and St Francis Church School during his visit this week. Deputy Head, Alexis Piper, reported the morning was a huge success, culminating in high quality listening, reflecting and sharing as the school council posed questions they had prepared with Bishop Peter.
Also this week, members of the St John and St Francis community visited the school and took part in a Community Day. Invited parents, carers, local colleagues and friends participated in a celebration of thanks, then joined members of staff and Year 6 helpers for a cup of tea and a cake.
On Tuesday, Kingshill Church School held its annual ‘Boules Event’. As Head teacher Jan Thomson reported, ‘The sun shone. Children played boules together with children from 7 other schools from our MAT and Nailsea.’ A teacher from St John the Evangelist described the morning as fantastic, very well put together and commented that pupils found boules exciting and fun.
It has been good to hear about sporting events happening across our Trust – the confidence, effort, skill, individual achievement and team spirit pupils are developing as a result.
At Court De Wyck Church School this week, pupils have been given value awards for their excellent sportsmanship during sports day. They have six values: honesty, self-belief, respect, teamwork, determination and passion.
On Friday our talented NQTs attended their final development day. They reflected on some of the things they have learnt since September and how they plan to build on this as NQTs+1 as they step up to become our Year Group and Subject Leaders then Head teachers of the future. Thank you to all who contributed to this year’s successful programme.
Next week is going to be another busy week. On Tuesday, as you know, each school will receive their end of KS2 2017-18 SATs results. It would be good if each school’s results could be input into the relevant data file in Sharepoint as soon as is possible. I am delighted that our Trust’s 2017-18 Key Stage 1 results in Reading, Writing and Mathematics are above last year’s national in all areas.
On Thursday, Head teachers will be meeting for the final Academy Leaders’ Day of the academic year at Cannington Court. It will be an exciting day, packed with ideas and plans for the next academic year: our Pupil Premium strategy, the shared principles that will underpin the high quality curriculum offer our Heads have already worked with vision, insight and skill to develop, each school’s School Development and Self –Evaluation Plan and our Trust-wide priorities.
Thank you for the way you are all working together, using your skills and experience, to plan and develop teaching, learning and leadership even further over the next academic year – across EYFS, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 in each school, hub and across our Trust. Please remember that everything you have done and continue to do is so very much appreciated, valued and contributes to what makes the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust so very special.