Message From CEO 2 July 2017
There have been so many examples of what is achieved when teams work together with shared values, vision and a common goal across our Trust this week. It shines through in the following, shared by one of our Directors after his visit to St John and St Francis Church School.
Visit started with a tour of the school: pupils were well engaged in their learning and there was high quality work on display. Strong relationships and a sense of purpose came through clearly.
It was very informative to sit with the Head and Deputy Head teacher and listen to their plans for the future. Their passion for ensuring the highest possible quality of education for the pupils was obvious.
At the end of the visit, I was able to see a collective worship taken by one of the Reception classes. Particularly touching were pupils’ thoughts on those things they are most thankful for, which included ‘my family, ‘Jesus’ and ‘my bed’. Some beautiful paintings illustrated their thoughts. The worship finished with excellent singing and a time of prayer. It was attended by a good number of parents and friends of the pupils, who, like me, thoroughly enjoyed it. I left the school feeling uplifted.’
I am very grateful to John Jeffery for taking time to share his experience.
Congratulations also to the team at St Georges Church School. Under Alison’s leadership, the school underwent a successful interim visit from an Education Adviser from the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Office on Monday.
To inspire pupils to open their minds to future possibilities, St James Church School held a ‘Careers, Enterprise and Aspirations Week’ filled with exciting visitors and amazing events. These included vets, dentists, the local college, animal carers with their dog, engineers, pilots, nurses, first aid trainers, Exeter University, paramedics, police officers, sports leaders and the Mayor of Taunton. They were even interviewed by a TV news reporter.
Head teacher, Jason Eveleigh, commented, ‘The week culminated in the children coming in on Friday dressed as a possibility of their future self. We had doctors, builders, vets, teachers, nurses, Microsoft programmers, a palaeontologist, astronauts, pilots and police officers to name but a few. Maeve Clarke, one of our teachers, has gone above and beyond organising everything and has been well supported by my team. We look forward to building on this good starting point, keeping our learners aiming high.’
I was delighted to hear Holy Trinity were 2nd and All Saints 3rd in the Yeovil Primary Games Association Swimming Gala on Thursday. Thank you to Paula Park for the heart-warming photograph of both teams (attached). Understandably, Paula was very proud of these South Somerset children and their achievements.On Thursday, TAs met in Wells: it was a fitting end of year celebration of the many essential ways our TAs support the work of our Trust. Teresa and TAs have generated excellent ideas and exciting plans for developing both the role of TAs and how Teaching Assistants will be supported by the BWMAT in the next academic year. As Teresa said on the day, your skills and talents are valued by us all, and the difference you make to the lives of children is never underestimated.
On Friday we welcomed our NQTs to Wells for their final development day of this academic year. Our talented NQTs reflecting on some of the things they have learnt and how they plan to build on this as NQTs+1 and as they step to become our Year Group and Subject Leaders then Head teachers of the future. Thank you to Bethan and Claire for leading our 2016-17 cohort with such commitment.
Finally this week, I would like to say a very big thank you to all parents, carers, governors, staff and friends who work so hard, throughout the year, to organise and support fund raising activities in schools across our Trust. On Saturday I was fortunate to be able to visit Cheddon Fitzpaine and Staplegrove Church Schools’ fetes. It was wonderful to see each school and its community enjoying an amazing range of activities. The commitment and dedication of Kirsti and Duncan; their parents, governors and staff including FOSS (Friends of Staplegrove School) and FCSA (Friends of Cheddon School Association) was so very evident in the time, love and care with which the fetes had been planned and brought to fruition.
What a week! Thank you all for the invaluable experiences and the amazing range of opportunities you are working together to create so our pupils ‘…may have life, life in all its fullness’.