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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’m delighted (just for you Lauren) that my blogs are now back online. My thanks go to our technical team who have ensured everything is back to normal.

It would be remiss for me not to start this week’s blog with a huge congratulations to all the New Bridge School staff. We received the final report from Ofsted earlier in the week. As some of you will recall inspectors visited the school, Learning Centre and Medtia (as well as calling in on our many community partners) in December. The overall judgement is that the school, as a whole, remains outstanding. This is extremely good news. The new Ofsted framework, that was introduced in September 2019, is much more challenging than the previous one. The report should be on the Ofsted website in the next few days.

Many of the New Bridge staff have been integral to our journey over the last number of years, the greater majority are new to our Trust and to working with children and young people. The overwhelming principle that bonds all the staff is their unwavering commitment to, as Ofsted quote, “ambition”. Ambition comes in many forms. The definition of it in the Oxford English Dictionary states “a strong desire to do or achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work”.

I’d like to pick up on the end of this quote, determination and hard work. At times, over that last few years it could have been easier for some of the staff to have not gone on such and such residential, or give up their evenings for a sporting or arts event, to not do that extra planning or make that resource. The list could go on. Our teams are resilient. They have an innate sense that what they do makes a difference. They want what’s best for our children and young people. If you’ve been with us through thick and thin – thank you. If you’re new to school – thank you. What we achieve together is truly inspirational and remarkable.

Last week I spoke about a “national award” and I’m delighted to be able to tell you that one of our young people, Jordan, has been nominated in an outstanding achievement category in the British Education Awards. He, and his family and guests, have been invited to the Hilton Hotel, in Manchester, at the end of this month. Best of luck Jordan, but a nomination on its own is a huge accolade.

This week I’ve been involved in various pieces of work that look at moving our Trust forward. Last year’s election has made managing our strategy over the next few years a little easier. The present government has signalled its intention for all schools, over the next number of years, to become more independent and autonomous through both the free schools and academy programme. This certainty allows us to plan more effectively. Our planning sessions this week have embraced this certainty. Planning for excellence over the next 5 years is essential for our collective “ambitions”.

Have a great weekend,


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