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School Trips

CEO's Blog - 9th December 2022 School Trips School trips used to be the highlight of the year for many children across the UK, partly because of how infrequently they happened. It was the novelty rather than the quality which made them special. That's not how we do...

CEO’s Blog – 2nd December 2022

CEO's Blog - 2nd December 2022 December is upon us and it's amazing how quickly this year is passing. It always feels like that, I suppose, but it never fails to surprise us. Looking around our schools and sites this week, everyone is really getting into the Christmas...

CEO’s Blog – 25th November 2022

CEO’s Blog – 25th November 2022 In exactly one month’s time, it will be Christmas Day, the second Christmas since COVID-19 restrictions ended.   It is amazing to think how quickly that time has passed, and how well our children, young people and staff teams have...

Remembering Joan Readyhough

CEO's Blog - 18th November 2022 Remembering Joan Readyhough  Joan Readyhough13th May 1932 - 22nd October 2022 In recent months, I have been using my blog to celebrate the achievements, learning and experiences of our children and young people throughout the MAT and...

CEO’s Blog – 11th November

    CEO's Blog - 11th November   After a couple of weeks when celebration has been on everyone's minds, where we have seen religious celebrations like Diwali take place, as well as other traditional events such as Bonfire Night and Halloween, it has...


I can’t say this has been a good week.

Last weekend we heard of the passing of one of our colleagues, Kim Ratcliffe. It was her funeral on Thursday.

The amount of people that attended the funeral was testament to the esteem that Kim was held in. There were numerous family members, friends, present staff, past staff and many, many young people. I had the privilege of working with Kim for around 20 years. When I was “seconded” to be the head at Park Dean School, Kim was already an established and well respected member of staff. Kim was a delight as a staff member. She was a great support to younger, less experienced staff, she rarely complained and always just got on with engaging with the young people. She has been a constant source of reassurance to so many children and young people and to their families.

Kim wholeheartedly embraced school life. She always volunteered for residentials, to organise different fairs and be at all social events. When we became New Bridge, and all the changes that the process involved, Kim was her usual pragmatic self. She reassured less confident staff and understood that the change would be for the better. Schools always need staff like Kim. They are the glue that binds us together. The steady and secure foundation that allows us to grow and develop. Thanks Kim – it’s been a real privilege to work alongside you and call you a colleague.

Earlier in the week we also heard the dreadfully sad news regarding Fabiana. Gavin and the team at New Bridge wrote a very moving dedication to Fabiana which you can read here. It’s heartbreaking to lose any of our children but it hurts even more when, like Fabiana, they are so young and so full of life.

Our thoughts at this dreadful time go out to both Kim and Fabiana’s families and friends.

So, everything else has to be put in perspective. You will hopefully have received an update regarding our “New Schooling” offer and our capacity to move forward in relation to the 5 tests we agreed and set out. As you will see with the data available, at this point in time, the very high infection rate in both Oldham and Tameside, means that we presently will not be extending any of our “on-site” provision.

The safest place for your child is still at home. We will not allow the space for this virus to transmit.

Our teams continue to work around the clock to make sense of the, rather confused, National picture. As you can imagine our teams have to move forward with extreme caution. By rushing and cutting corners at this time there could be the real possibility of another catastrophe. Our school leaders, our trustees and governors are not prepared to let this happen. We are presently evaluating our buildings, with a 2 metre social distancing protocol in mind. I’m acutely aware that many of our children will struggle to understand social distancing protocols – that makes the risk assessments even more tricky! Ensuring we can accept more children and young people on to our sites in the coming weeks and months continues to be our clear focus. Anyhow, our update can be found here.

As always I am happy to answer any queries or questions you may have.

Please take care, stay safe


You can find all Graham’s previous updates and blog entries here


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