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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...


Welcome back, everyone. I hope you have all managed to enjoy some ‘rest and recuperation’ over the summer.

As always, I’d like to thank our full year staff for their amazing work in the holiday clubs. I know our families and young people really value them.

It has been lovely to see all the new children joining our schools this week. I know for certain that they will be made to feel really welcome. If anyone has any questions or queries, please contact our school teams in the first instance or feel free to email me. My door is always open and if any of you want to pop in for a quick chat or to tell me how your child is getting on, I’m always delighted (!) to hear good news stories.

At the end of last term we said goodbye (and hello again) to two of our most experienced and inspiring school leaders. Margaret Lochhead and Moira Thompson, our head and executive head at Hawthorns, both retired from their roles.

I know that both of them have been instrumental in developing the reputation of Hawthorns and have worked tirelessly to ensure and maintain the school’s success.

When Hawthorns initially approached our trust, it literally took me around 5 minutes to agree with our chair of trustees the opportunities. We believe that our children make accelerated progress by great schools working together.

Margaret established Hawthorns as one of the best schools in the country with her ambitions relating to teaching and learning.

Moira ensured that Hawthorns was always appraised of the national picture.

Margaret is presently taking a well-earned rest and, in the future, will support our teaching school. Moira has joined the central executive team to support and coach our less experienced school leaders. I’d like to publicly, on behalf of all our families and children, thank them for their amazing contributions to the school led system. Truly inspirational.

As one door closes, another opens and I am certain that our new headteacher, Pierre Coiffait, will continue to drive Hawthorns forward. The best schools can (and will) always improve.

Talking about truly inspirational, this week we have seen the publication of the Hollinwood Academy inspection report (available here). It is one of the best inspection reports I have read and even more remarkable as it’s the school’s very first experience of Ofsted.

Brilliant children, wonderful families, exciting curriculum and a staff team totally committed to giving the children the very best. Well done all.

This year I think we will see inspections at New Bridge and Hawthorns – same outcomes please!! No pressure.

Let’s all make this another remarkable school year. I’m so looking forward to it.

Have a great weekend,


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