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...
This week we have welcomed over 40 visitors from all over the country to our sites.
On Monday colleagues from Lincolnshire came to see the developments at Hollinwood Academy. The towns within Lincolnshire are spread out right down the East of the country which means that working collaboratively and co-operatively is particularly challenging. A number of key schools, along with the local authority, are looking at ways in which the children with high functioning autism can better have their needs met. I know that they are looking to replicate the work of Hollinwood Academy; we will obviously support them in any way we can.
On Tuesday we hosted a number of teaching schools from across the North West. We are looking at establishing a new North West Teaching School network that supports other schools in the region. We are presently planning a conference to explore the recommendations of the Rochford Review on assessing progress. We have provisionally booked the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford to allow schools from across the North to begin to understand the revised systems.
On Wednesday our training centre accommodated more than 30 colleagues from all over the country. We had been asked by SSAT to run a conference entitled ‘Leading Outstanding Special Schools.’ It was wonderful to showcase our work at New Bridge School, the Learning Centre, Hollinwood Academy and Medtia Square. The feedback on the day was unanimously positive and a number of colleagues commented on how the staff in each part of our organisation had such a positive outlook and how the relationships they had with the children and young people shone through.
On to Thursday and yet more visitors, this time from London. We have just started working with the Whitefield School in Walthamstow. Their Multi Academy Trust is close in size to our own and works with very similar young people. Jamie, who leads their post 16 provision, came up to explore our post 16 curriculum and offer. He visited Medtia Square, the Learning Centre and our new Atrium Café and met many of our young people who were able to tell him about their experiences. It was great to hear Sam talking about his work at Premier Inn, Leah explaining how she supports in the nursery, our Digit4ll pathway students clarifying the opportunities they have to develop their technical skills and our Lumenus students reminiscing about visits to Cardiff, London and Finland.
I firmly believe that as the school based system becomes more diversified it is incredibly important to build and maintain sustainable networks. The New Bridge Group will continue to learn from the very best practice both within this country and internationally and our children and young people will continue to feel the benefit both now and in the future.
Have a great weekend,
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