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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...

Well, another week flies by!

I managed, at the beginning of the week, to spend some time at Medtia.

The adaptations we made over the summer are absolutely tremendous. They have transformed our learning environments. I am certain that the young people will benefit. The numbers in our post 19 provision have more than quadrupled in the last 4 years. Our community-based offer continues to engage and inspire.

Talking about buildings, this week I also had a meeting relating to the extension at Hawthorns. As you know, if you a regular follower of my blogs, the numbers of children in all our schools keep increasing – almost on a monthly basis. Tameside Local Authority are managing the extension to Hawthorns that will allow us to put in extra classrooms, reinstate our library and ensure the staff have a staffroom. Over the summer we had to convert the old staffroom into a classroom! We were informed on Thursday that, following a council meeting taking place in early October, we should get the go ahead to start the building works. Once I have a timeline we can communicate it to families.

Our plans to extend New Bridge have all been approved and building will start, on site, in the next few weeks. As I understand it, the work involves some new classrooms and some very exciting outdoor learning spaces. More news to follow.

Earlier in the week I had a meeting with a couple of families whose children attend Hollinwood. They raised concerns about the growth in numbers in the school and wanted to understand how we were going to manage extra children in the future. I felt the meeting was so productive that we agreed it would be worth having a couple of open meetings with families and parents to give you all an understanding of some of the challenges schools face within the present system. I will publish some dates on our website in the next few days – please feel free to pop along to ask any questions.

Our work at Spring Brook, this week, has centred around recruitment. Our amazing staff teams have worked at ‘under capacity’ for the last few weeks and we have been working really hard behind the scenes to get the appropriate support into the school. I think we have achieved this. We have also started a piece of work to further develop our curriculum offer. This will directly link into our new free school (Springboard) developments.

So, all in all, a much better week than last. I’ve been working with our staff teams and children and not just budgets!!

Have a great weekend,


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