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CEO Blog – Destinations Champions

CEO Blog – Destinations Champions

  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...

CEO Blog – 24.11.23

CEO Blog – 24.11.23

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

CEO Blog – 17.11.23

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

CEO Blog – 10.11.23

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

CEO Blog (3.11.23) – Welcome Back

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...

Hi all, welcome back to the final half term of the year.

To be honest, I’m pleased to get back as last week I spent a few days decorating – not my favourite pastime! So back to my “comfort zone”.

Earlier in the week a number of us met to look at the challenge we face at our Medtia building. Many of you will recall we have a number of different groups in our town centre site.

The majority of the young people at Medtia are part of our Horizons provision. In my blog a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the success of our post 19 offer. So, I was delighted (just for you Lauren) when John told me about our projected growth for this year – another 20 young people. It’s brilliant that we continue to support the young people in a quality assured provision. Visibility is everything. However, this has led to a challenge.

At the same meeting, Daniel briefed us about the success of our pathways, pre-internship and Future Finders offer. These students are also based at Medtia. A couple of years ago there were only about 20 young people based there. This year we have a projection of over 75. These increased numbers are testament to our collective aspirations – more students wanting to move into work, more students wanting to be part of their communities. Students, from all our schools in our trust, are really engaged by our pathways offer and see the pathways as a really positive choice. So, more learners in Pre-Internships, Lumenus, Digit4ll, Activ8 and Future Finders.

We are getting fuller. We need to give this growth some careful consideration.

Continuing with the theme of the town centre, on Thursday we had our Springboard pre-opening Ofsted visit. An HMI joined us to ensure that all our policies and processes are in place so that we can open our doors in September. We were pleased with the way the day panned out and I believe the inspector went away reasonably satisfied. News to follow.

I was also delighted that, last week, many families joined the national demonstrations to protest against the state of funding for our children and young people. You can find information here. Families are quite rightly concerned.

The rest of my week was spent trying to balance our books!!

Blimey – think I might stick to decorating after all.

Have a great weekend everyone,


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