Message from CEO 1st May 2017
I hope you’ve had a good Bank Holiday weekend.
Summer term learning is already in top gear in schools across our Trust. I was fortunate to visit Horsington Church School, in our South Somerset Hub, this week. There is a wonderful example of collaborative learning underway: Y10 students from Sherborne Girls’ School are working with pupils at Horsington on a GCSE arts project. Together, they are designing and making an interactive sculpture in the school’s grounds.
Horsington’s site now also includes a ‘Shepherd’s Hut’. This newly gained, unique outside space will provide so many opportunities – for creative writing, a place for quiet reflection, facilitating on-site recording, cataloguing and closer examination of ‘finds’ to list just a few of the possibilities the school is exploring and developing.
As a result of the hard work of staff, leaders and governors, Ian’s Head teacher’s report to governors this week clearly evidenced the progress Horsington’s pupils are making. Thank you all for the way you are working together to provide such creative, imaginative, engaging teaching and learning for children.
Another person I would like to say thank you to, on behalf of myself and the Bath and Well Multi Academy Trust, is the Chair of Governors at All Saints Church School Montacute, who is stepping down from his role. Drawing on his many skills, his dedication to pupils and staff at All Saints, his belief in the aims and ways of working within our Trust, Simon Fox has successfully guided and supported All Saints through its transition to becoming a member of our family of schools. Thank you Simon.
KS1 SATs start this week. I am very grateful to Key Stage 1 teachers and staff for all their hard work across the year and in preparation for the Y2 SATs. Thank you for the calm, supportive way you will be taking pupils through the process over the next month.
An article in this week’s Kingshill’s newsletter by the Revd. Tony Roake, Associate Governor and Chaplain, particularly struck me.
What’s the most powerful muscle in the human body? Biceps, triceps, “glutes”? None of these; it’s the tongue. We use the word “tongue” to describe speech or a language and it’s in this sense that the greatest strength of the tongue is revealed. We can use words that are unhelpful or we can use words that build, support and encourage. We have that choice and that power. It is our decision.
So often I see teachers in BWMAT schools using language sensitively and effectively to calm and encourage children, to support and challenge a class, to celebrate what a pupil has achieved, to encourage them to reach further, aim higher. I hear staff choosing language that enables them to share their knowledge, skills and understanding, to successfully work together. I see leaders and members of our central team choose language that facilitates productive discussion and debate, from which resolution for the sometimes difficult, sometimes challenging situations within schools and in our Trust can be found. Our Christian values underpin both how we use and respond to language. The words we choose create the positive culture within our Trust that is so important to providing the very best climate in which, together, we can ensure all pupils succeed in their learning.