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CEO’s Blog – 24th March 2023

CEO's Blog - 24th March 2023 Our Organisation... The weeks are flying by and we're nearly at the end of the Spring term, so here's a snapshot of life at every one of our schools and settings. We're growing all the time, but our offer remains the best in special...

CEO’s Blog – 17th March 2023 – ‘Thank You!’

CEO's Blog - 17th March 2023  'Thank You!'   Well, if you've been following the updates on social media this week, you might just have noticed that almost 100 of our young people have been lucky enough to travel to Disneyland Paris. A trip that started on Monday...

CEO’s Blog (10th March 2023)

CEO's Blog (10th March 2023)   It was International Women's Day this week, and it was great to see our schools and settings marking the occasion with their activities and learning opportunities. Of course, we shouldn't only celebrate our women and girls for just...

We are looking for our next CEO…

We are looking for our next CEO... It's probably been the worst kept secret for a while, but I'm writing my blog this week to let everyone know that we are actively looking for the next CEO of the New Bridge Multi Academy Group and MAT. After many years working as...

CEO’s Blog – Student Voice (24th February 2023)

CEO's Blog - Student Voice (24th February 2023)   A few weeks ago, before the half term break, I said I would be reporting on how we listen to the Student Voice across our MAT and wider Group. Well, this week, I'm able to do just that, as some of our schools and...

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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