CEO's Blog - 9th December 2022 School Trips School trips used to be the highlight of the year for many children across the UK, partly because of how infrequently they happened. It was the novelty rather than the quality which made them special. That's not how we do...
Our gallery shows a selection of photographs from across our Academy.
CEO's Blog - 2nd December 2022 December is upon us and it's amazing how quickly this year is passing. It always feels like that, I suppose, but it never fails to surprise us. Looking around our schools and sites this week, everyone is really getting into the Christmas...
CEO’s Blog – 25th November 2022 In exactly one month’s time, it will be Christmas Day, the second Christmas since COVID-19 restrictions ended. It is amazing to think how quickly that time has passed, and how well our children, young people and staff teams have...
CEO's Blog - 18th November 2022 Remembering Joan Readyhough Joan Readyhough13th May 1932 - 22nd October 2022 In recent months, I have been using my blog to celebrate the achievements, learning and experiences of our children and young people throughout the MAT and...
CEO's Blog - 11th November After a couple of weeks when celebration has been on everyone's minds, where we have seen religious celebrations like Diwali take place, as well as other traditional events such as Bonfire Night and Halloween, it has...
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks based at Hollinwood Academy. The growth of our Multi Academy Trust has been a brilliant learning curve for me as I have spent time with children and staff who are far from my previous experiences (most of my teaching career has been spent working with children and young people aged between 11 and 19). It’s important for us all to step outside our comfort zones – whenever I walk into our reception and Key Stage 1 classes I learn something new!
I have tried to offer Jaina and her team support in different ways. I think it is important to understand the needs of all our children and young people within the Group. Unfortunately there are no short cuts to remembering all the children’s names though, it’s just a matter of spending time with the young people in the classrooms, the dining room, the sports hall and my favourite (not!), our soft play centre. Luckily the children and young people at Hollinwood come to the rescue and correct me as, for the tenth time, I call Mia…..Olivia!!! Sorry, everyone.
I have been both astonished and delighted to see how hard the staff team work and how committed they all are – they rarely get a minute to sit down! They are often eating lunch, usually a sandwich, whilst preparing resources or getting the classrooms ready for the next exciting learning activity. They arrive early in the morning and leave late in the evening. They are always looking for different ways to approach learning activities to further engage your children.
In between walking the corridors I’ve been preparing for a number of regional and national events next week. On Tuesday we are holding an initial North West Teaching meeting. We, along with a number of other northern based teaching schools, are exploring models that will better position us to offer formalised school to school support and training and development courses. On Wednesday we are hosting a national training event for schools from across the country as part of the ‘Leading Outstanding Special Schools’ programme to support the next group of future leaders. A number of our senior colleagues are presenting on a range of topics including developing curriculum models, extending ambitions and creating successful teams. Both of these events should be great opportunities for colleagues from across the country to see, first hand, some of the work we are doing in Oldham. I love being able to promote what we do.
Have a great weekend,
New Bridge Multi Academy Trust
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