Message From CEO – 14 July 2019
Firstly, this week, I would like to share our Trust’s provisional 2018-19 outcomes that were released on Tuesday. There have been so many results that evidence impressive improvement for individual pupils, groups, classes, year groups, schools, Hubs and across our Trust.
In EYFS and across Key Stage 1 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics, it is wonderful our results are again above last year’s national in all areas.
At Key Stage 2, our results are for the second consecutive year above this year’s national across the board – in Reading, in Writing, in Mathematics, and in Reading, Writing and Mathematics combined.
The incredible breadth and depth of the improvement you have all worked together to bring about, is also evident in the increased number of our pupils achieving ‘Greater Depth’ at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
It is wonderful so many pupils have achieved outcomes that will give them greater belief and confidence in themselves, their abilities as learners, and open doors to many more possible futures.
Our results overall – on a five year upward trajectory with continued and sustained improvements this year – are a testament to you: to headteachers and leaders’ skills, the fantastic work of teachers and school staff, the quality of support from members of our Central team, to the dedication of governors and Trustees, day in, day out, to improving outcomes for all of our pupils. Together, you have achieved this by being true to our shared vision and values. Congratulations and thank you all, on behalf of me, and on behalf of pupils across our Trust.
Our Headteachers met at Cannington Court near Bridgwater for the final Academy Leaders’ Day of the academic year.
The theme was “Our Exciting Journey Together” and included an uplifting welcome presentation by Tom Brewer, Head of Bathampton Primary School. Lucy Chalkley and Becky Edwards also led a wonderful presentation about first aid for pupils. They represent “Little Knox” training and many headteachers were keen to find out more about helping to develop this across our schools. Presentations delivered by headteachers and the Central Support Team demonstrated the collaborative, supportive and ambitious culture of our Trust.
Creative learning opportunities continue across the Trust as we approach the end of term.
Maple Class at Batheaston Church School have been composing music about animals after being inspired by a very special performance of ‘The Lark Ascending’.
Year 5 children from Holy Trinity Church School were invited to spend the day at Westfield Academy to experience secondary school life. They enjoyed PE, a science lesson using the bunsen burners and a very enjoyable lesson cooking pancakes. The day ended with an impressive dance show performed by students from years 7-10.
What a fantastic day at Millfield School with the rounders squad from St Andrew’s Church School in Taunton. They won all the games in their pool, topping their league. They went onto win their semi-final but in a close match they lost the final by two points.
This week the children at Bishops Lydeard Church School have been enjoying an ‘Outdoor/Environment’ week. The activities experienced by pupils have ranged from creating art from recycled milk bottle lids to sketching the local area and making habitats for bees. The children have also been writing letters to the Prime minster about their concerns for the environment due to global warming and plastic pollution. At the end of the week children shared their learning with parents and the local community.
Opal class from Kingshill Church School visited the Tithe Barn in Nailsea. They were given a traditional Victorian lesson and were provided with Victorian items of clothing to wear. They learnt about the Tithe Barn when it was used as a school.
Court De Wyck Church School launched their ‘Maths Fest Day’. The whole school were involved in problem solving activities based on the theme of ‘Space’. It was a fantastic day. The children had great fun.
Years 4, 5, and 6 were fortunate enough to attend the North Somerset Countryside Day at the North Somerset Showground in Wraxall. Schools had the opportunity to come together to explore and find out more about farming. The children and staff all had a wonderful time.
Across our Trust, for many pupils this is a time of endings, a time to celebrate all that has been experienced, enjoyed and learnt. This is also a time of transition to secondary school – exciting new beginnings and possibilities of growth, development and new joys.
This prayer has been written for Leavers’ Services across our Trust.
We are together today at our Leavers’ assembly
To reflect, remember and celebrate,
To say thank you for the memories and achievements
Of each of our wonderful Year 6 pupils.
We mark this time together as you all prepare to meet new challenges,
With courage, resilience and determination
Guide these special young people, O Lord,
With their unique skills, interests and talents
Know that we hold precious memories of every one of you
Of the unique contributions to the life of our school you have made.
Thank you for the joy, the excitement, the many incredible things that have happened
In classrooms, in the playground, in corridors, throughout our school,
In worship, in learning, at play
Every day you have been part of our community.
Let our shared Christian values: kindness, perseverance, forgiveness, respect and love
Be roots that hold you steady and give you strength as you start your new school,
Make new friends, meet new teachers and begin exciting new learning challenges.
As you go forward, take with you your love of learning,
Work, individually and with others, to question, explore and create.
As you grow and develop as caring, confident, thoughtful students
Embrace opportunities to plant and water new interests, ideas and skills.
You leave as remarkable young people
Who have open minds and open hearts
With futures full of possibilities.
Bless each of you,
May you be held safe in God’s love.
As we take a breath before stepping into the final full week of this academic year, I would like to say thank you for three other things.
Firstly, to those leaders, teachers and staff who are leaving to take up another role within our Trust, join another organisation or to begin a new challenge, thank you for everything you have done. We wish you all well for your future.
Thank you to those who have led and inspired others this year – within and between schools, and across our Hubs; headteachers, network leaders, guest presenters and good practice sharers. Your hard work, experience and the generous way you are prepared to give time to and share your skill, expertise, vision and commitment, is so vital to the on-going development of creative, innovative, high quality teaching, learning and leadership across our Trust.
Thirdly and finally, thank you all; headteachers, leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, school staff, members of Local Governing Boards, our Central Team and Trustees. Through the phenomenal work you have done, your commitment to collaboration, your dedication, you have shown that together we are greater than the sum of our parts. Please take a moment this week to remember the many amazing things you have done this term and over this academic year to enable us to provide children within our Trust an outstanding education of mind, body and spirit.
I hope you all have a well-earned rest and joy-filled holiday. I look forward to seeing you in September and working with you all to grow and develop the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust further, responding together to the challenges and opportunities ahead: together in our highest expectations, together in our shared aims, together in learning.