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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...

I can hardly believe that we are at the end of our first half term – it has been such a busy period. We have:

  • settled the new children and young people into all of our schools and organisations
  • welcomed over 50 new members of staff into our schools and organisations
  • continued to work on our revised assessment model
  • taken part in a Local Area SEND inspection
  • re-established a timeline for the Springboard Project
  • recruited a new head for New Bridge School
  • dealt weekly with the pressures of more children needing places in all our schools

All of this alongside our weekly and daily challenges. One of the aspects that makes our organisation so amazing is the appetite all my colleagues, governors and trustees have to work at such an amazing pace.

Pace is a really tricky concept to try to explain. Our roles our totally immersive. This isn’t a criticism, it’s the reason people want to work in our schools and organisations. It’s why families choose our schools for their children. It was articulated brilliantly to me this week when a colleague who recently left us emailed me to see if they could return. They missed our children so much, they missed the camaraderie of the staff, they missed our passion, they missed ‘the pace’.

The half term break gives the majority of our staff an opportunity to recharge their batteries. It’s really important that they do this.

I think we will find the rest of the year a really busy time. The SEND area review is likely to ask us to work with our mainstream colleagues in a manner we have never done before. There are so many children and young people who would benefit from our teams’ expertise. This has to be our next stage of development.

I’m going to have a few days in Turkey (at least it gets me away from all the Bury FC jibes!!).

Thank you all for your ongoing support – it means so much to us all.


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