BWMAT | Message from CEO 23rd April 2017
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Apr 23 2017

Message from CEO 23rd April 2017

Dear All,
Welcome to the summer term 2017.  Thank you to teachers, staff, teaching assistants and leaders across our Somerset schools for the first fantastic week of learning pupils experienced.  Across North Somerset, our Trust’s pupils will be looking forward to returning to school tomorrow, to the creative, challenging, engaging learning each will enjoy.
Ofsted have formally published their summary letter to Kirsti Nelson following their short inspection of Staplegrove Church School in March. The following extracts highlight some of the many reasons all at Staplegrove have to feel proud of their school and what they are achieving together.  Congratulations and thank you to you all.
‘You and your senior leaders have established a culture where teachers expect good progress from all pupils.  Your ambition is to raise pupils’ aspirations across the school still further.
Governors are very committed to the school and are passionate about the Christian values that underpin it.
One parent’s comment is typical of many, ‘I cannot praise the school staff enough.  I believe they get the balance of focusing on learning needs and nurturing young people just right.’’
On behalf of our Trust, I would like to say a very big thank you to three people who have been working in the BWMAT.
  • Firstly, to Liz Bowman from St John and St Francis Church School who is retiring.  Liz is a much valued, highly regarded member of staff.  Thank you so much Liz for all the work you have undertaken and contributions you have made at St John & St Francis.   You have made a real difference to the pupils whose learning you have supported. I know you’ll be keeping in contact with friends and colleagues at the school. 
  • David Harrex, Minister and Chair of LGB for four years at Court de Wyck, is also retiring.  David has been a key part of life at Court de Wyck, taking collective worship and contributing to so much at the school including as a governor and Chair.  Thank you David for all that you have done for and all that you have given to Court de Wyck and its community.   
  • Jo Moore, our Human Resources Manager, is now on maternity leave.  I know so many of you – in schools and our central team – value and appreciate Jo: her skills, knowledge and commitment to the BWMAT and all our schools.  Jo takes our thanks and very best wishes with her.   I am delighted that Amy Sutton has agreed to cover Jo’s role while she is on leave. We also welcome new appointments HR Adviser Lorna Carswell and Premises Manager Darren Ling to our Central team.

As you all know, over the last two terms our Hub Leaders have been undertaking ground-breaking work across our Trust.  Paul Sheehan, Paula Park and Duncan Gordon have been working closely with Teresa Wheeler and all Head teachers to further develop: school-to-school support; professional development opportunities and good and outstanding teaching, learning and leadership in each hub.   To build further on this, we will be moving from our current model where Hub Leaders combine part-time hub leadership with Headship to each hub having a full time Assistant Director of Learning and Achievement from September 2017.  Before Easter, the Directors appointed Jon Wood, currently an adviser in the South West; Deborah Eveleigh, currently a Head teacher and Local Leader in Education and Paula Park, Head teacher at All Saints Church School.  They will work with us all to build further on the innovative foundations laid in each hub by our Head teachers and Hub leaders over this year.

This term, as every term, we will be working together to support, nurture and challenge every child in the BWMAT.  We are reaching for pupil outcomes never before achieved within our Trust.  The following beautifully written poem by 7 year old Oscar from Churchfield evidences what is possible – why what every teacher, every member of staff and every leader does every day across our Trust is so important to each pupil’s  progress, love of learning and their growth as human beings.
Kind regards
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