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...
Our gallery shows a selection of photographs from across our Academy.
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 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 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 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 great to end the week on a high!
Earlier today Dan Wood received a phone call from the Department for Education to say that our application for our new independent Specialist Post-16 Employability College had been successful.
The work Dan and his team have undertaken over the last few months has paid real dividends. I know that one of the first things that Dan did after receiving the phone call was to ring Rita and Nigel from our Finance team. They had prepared accounts and financial projections to ensure that our bid was fully compliant.
This got me thinking about our amazing and supportive back office staff. It’s sometimes easy to forget that schools and colleges are huge, complex organisations. The logistics required to run them are becoming more and more complicated. I can’t think of any other time when we have been under as much scrutiny. It is quite right that when we use public money we are all held to account.
I always use my blogs to celebrate the fantastic work that refers to the children and classroom staff. This week I’d like to pay tribute to our HR teams, payroll teams, finance teams, business and administration teams, ICT teams, premises teams, health and safety teams, transport teams and our communication and public relations teams. Every single team member has the best interests of our children at the heart of everything that they do. They rarely complain and always support the work of the classroom and organisational staff. I think the wonderful advantage of being a part of a multi academy trust is that these colleagues have the opportunity to observe, on a daily basis, our children and young people’s achievements.
One of our headteachers summed it up perfectly to me the other day with a super metaphor when she said that the real skill of a leader is to constantly shine a light and illuminate everything that we do. Let’s celebrate all of our young people who are part of our employment strategies. She went on to say that we also need to ensure that we look in the shadows. Our ‘shadow’ in relation to employment is ensuring that every single young person in our organisation moves on to that community setting. They are productive and valued members of our communities.
Only 3 weeks now to Disney for our Year 8s – I think I’m more excited than the children!!
Have a wonderful weekend,
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