Message From CEO – 1 September 2019
Welcome to the start of our Autumn term 2019. I hope you have had some wonderful, uplifting and memorable moments over the Summer.
Welcome to those who are joining our Trust: NQTs, teachers, headteachers, teaching assistants, school support and Central team staff, governors and Trustees. As with every person within the Trust, you, your skills and experience, your professional and personal qualities, make you vital members of our team.
Many of you are taking up new roles or further developing established roles in our schools, Hubs and across our Trust. I am very grateful we have so many talented teachers, leaders and staff who are willing to give their time and share their expertise with others to ensure our Trust continues to grow and develop through shared collaboration and leadership.
Thank you all for the time and care you are giving to plan the start of the new school year that will inspire, motivate and engage our pupils. The thought and skill you are giving to creating learning experiences to spark pupils’ interest in and enthusiasm for learning.
I want to take this opportunity to update you on some recent changes that have been made to our Central team staffing.
· Jon Wood has left the Trust to embark on a new and exciting challenge, and Tom Morrison, a Primary Adviser for Bath Local Authority, will be taking up his post. Tom will start in October, so in the interim period Julian Thompson, a valued Trustee and familiar face to you all, will be conducting Headteacher Appraisals and the Target Setting process in Bath.
· Deborah Eveleigh, our North Somerset RDLA, will be based mostly in Churchfield for the duration of the Autumn term. We have appointed an interim RDLA for the Autumn term, Ann Henderson, who is a highly experienced HMI.
· Heather Barraclough, currently Headteacher of Wembdon Primary School, will be joining HMI from January 2020. To ensure continuity for the school over the next academic year David Norton will lead the school. In the forthcoming term, Heather will be the interim RDLA for the schools in the South Somerset Hub.
We are hugely grateful to both Deborah and David for stepping up for the Trust.
There will be many unique, special moments for pupils over the next few weeks. There will be many firsts from our youngest children taking initial steps in their school journey, to pupils in Year 6 realising they are role models for others as they approach the threshold of becoming young people.
One of the many strengths of our Trust is our shared vision: that every child has access to an outstanding education of mind, body and spirit. It is what happens in every classroom, every school, across each Hub every day that has the capacity to turn this vision into reality. The many incredible things you all do are crucial to every child in our Trust, to how children see themselves as learners, as human beings, and to what they achieve now and in the future.
We will work together to bring the plans you have made – our Trust’s Strategic Plan, your Hub and School Development Plans – to life. Together, we can build further on the uplifting successes and innovative best practice you and your teams worked so hard to develop across the last academic year. I cannot wait to see how the plans you have all contributed to – with the highest aspirations for our pupils, classes, schools, Hubs and all within the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust family – will ensure we will achieve our vision as we grow further, thrive and learn together in 2019-20.