BWMAT | Message from CEO 17 September 2017
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Bath and Wells MAT
Sep 17 2017

Message from CEO 17 September 2017

Dear All,

Across our schools this week, children have been motivated, engaged and excited by learning. Below are just two of the week’s many examples:

  • On Wednesday, St John and St Francis Church School celebrated Roald Dahl Day. Pupils explored Roald’s stories, uncovered information about his characters and found out about his life.   Year 5 were surprised by and delighted to discover Roald Dahl’s poetry.
  • A group of pupils from both St Andrew’s Church School and Wembdon St George’s Church School spent the week at camp. Thank you to staff who gave their time to enable pupils to have such a fantastic opportunity, to experience the excitement and challenge of team building and outdoor learning.

Supporting the ongoing learning of our teachers, TAs and staff through high quality training and development is important for our future. Representatives from each hub will be meeting this week to plan the TA programme for the coming year which will then be shared across our Trust.  On Friday, Head teachers and Assessment Leads will be meeting Sue Woods for an Assessment Development Day in Wells.

Last Wednesday Head teachers worked with our ADLAs, Jon Wood, Deborah Eveleigh and Paula Parks, to create hub plans that will support all schools on their journey of improvement.  North Somerset, Taunton and South Somerset hubs focused on how schools will work together to improve outcomes for pupils in mathematics and further improve the progress of disadvantaged pupils. We explored how our MAT and Hub priorities will translate into innovative, best practice across this term and beyond by drawing, building on and sharing the skills and expertise of staff across schools in each hub.  Discussions were characterised by mutual respect, energy, inspirational ideas and an absolute determination from all to make each BWMAT hub the best it can be.

I would like to wish Head teacher, Kirsti Nelson, and all at Norton Fitzwarren Church School well in their SIAMS inspection next week.   I look forward to sharing evidence from the report about how Kirsti and her staff have embedded Christian Distinctiveness so effectively throughout the school community.

St John and St Francis Church school underwent an Ofsted inspection this week. The outcome of this will be shared once ratified.  What was evident to both me and Teresa Wheeler was that, under Lisa’s leadership, staff at St John and St Francis strongly display the values of our Trust – kindness, respect, perseverance, forgiveness and love.  As a consequence, these qualities shine through in the behaviour, attitudes and interactions of the school’s wonderful pupils.

Across our Trust, you are working together – in classrooms, schools, hubs and through training – drawing on your skills and ambition for our pupils, to develop and modify plans to support and challenge our learners as they take their key next steps.  Thank you for your amazing skill, dedication and commitment.

Kind regards


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