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CEO Blog – Destinations Champions

CEO Blog – Destinations Champions

  CEO Blog - Destinations Champions I can't quite believe that we've made it to December already, but here we are, and the countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway! This week, I would like to point you all in the direction of our newest New Bridge...

CEO Blog – 24.11.23

CEO Blog – 24.11.23

CEO Blog - 24.11.23 Happy Friday, everyone. I'm keeping it brief this week, but I wanted to give you an update on what's been going on behind the scenes at New Bridge... I met with the Directors at New Bridge Horizons, talking about the exciting partnerships we build...

CEO Blog – 17.11.23

CEO Blog – 17.11.23

CEO Blog - 17.11.23 This week has been another busy week for all of us at New Bridge, and I'm proud of our staff teams for pulling together and continuing to offer our students and young people the very best, even when it's already dark by the time most of them are...

CEO Blog – 10.11.23

CEO Blog – 10.11.23

CEO Blog - 10.11.23 This week, it has been good to see each of our sites commemorating Remembrance Day in their own way. The creativity and thought that our staff have put into these 'Remembrance' themed activities is brilliant, and testament to their ingenuity. It...

CEO Blog (3.11.23) – Welcome Back

CEO Blog (3.11.23) – Welcome Back

CEO Blog (3.11.23) - Welcome Back To everyone who has just had half term, I want to say, 'welcome back', and that I hope you had the opportunity to spend some quality time with friends and family over the break. This first term is usually the toughest, and the October...

It’s been quite a week. We’ve had everything – preparing for an Ofsted local area review, putting the Springboard Project back on track, yet more work on our dashboard, a coffee morning and dealing with the usual school based issues. So, where do I start….

The local authority wrote to us earlier in the week to tell us that they are being inspected. The Local Area SEND Inspection evaluates a number of key areas and is undertaken jointly by Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission and Her Majesty’s Inspector. The inspection will take place over 5 days starting on Monday and the team will visit a number of local and out of borough educational provisions. The inspection team will report on the following key aspects in arriving at a judgement:

  • the effectiveness of the local area in identifying children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • the effectiveness of the local area in assessing and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • the effectiveness of the local area in improving outcomes for children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

They are meeting our New Bridge Leadership Team and the Trust’s central team, local governors, families and young people on Wednesday morning. We will send you their final report later in the term.

I was asked to meet with the Department for Education on Thursday to update them on the progress of the Springboard Project. You will no doubt recall that we had a setback earlier in the Summer relating to commissioning places. I was delighted to hear, at the meeting, that the local authority have now agreed to work with our Trust and we can get back to planning for the opening of our new free school. There is no doubt that the new free school will give our children at Spring Brook further opportunities. I’ll keep you updated over the coming months.

Rita, Jenny, Geoff and Liz have spent most of the week working on the dashboard. It has been a monumental piece of work. We have now got to a position where all our children have had their progress data for English, Maths and ICT placed into the new system. The team that have worked on this are at the cutting edge of designing a bespoke and unique system that wll give you (and our classroom teams) superb information about the progress your child makes within school.

Finally, I’d like to mention our team at Spring Brook Upper who have had a particularly tricky week! Our trustees, governors and myself would like to commend your resilience; we never, ever underestimate your dedication and commitment to our children. From a personal perspective I’ve decided to base myself down at the Dean Street site for the next few months to offer some support to Mel and Alison and be there for our team. I’m really looking forward to seeing one of our other schools in full operation.

Our Macmillan coffee mornings were a great success, thank you for all your support. As always it was great to meet you and hear so many lovely comments about our schools. I’m sure the heads of sites’ blogs will have pictures and articles galore.

Anyhow, that’s it for this week. Have a great weekend,


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