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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...


Hi everyone,

Steve, in his guest blog last week, stated that I would ensure we continued with a weekly update. This will mean that all our young people, families and stakeholders have the very latest news.

Work has continued this week on our premises, risk assessments and curriculum planning for September.

All of our schools have completed incredibly comprehensive risk assessments. We are presently working through them all with our Health and Safety Executive to “score” the predicted risks. This will allow our school teams to further prioritise particularly challenging areas. John Holland, and the team at Horizons, have undertaken a similar process. We are taking the safety of our children and staff very, very seriously.

Our site and IT teams have been incredibly busy ensuring all our sites have the necessary adaptations. Work has been prioritised at our new Oldham town centre site (Pennine House) and Hawthorns.

I’ve been delighted with the progress our curriculum teams have made with modifying the curriculum content. Massive thanks.

Last week an announcement was made by the Secretary of State relating to the Free Schools Programme. I am pleased to inform everyone that our Trust has been chosen to plan, build and run the new Rochdale Free School. We had to compete in a rigorous and competitive process. The school, that will open in September 2022, will support young people aged between 11 and 19 who are on the autistic continuum. It will be an amazing addition to the Trust and a great partner to Hollinwood Academy. Jenny Dunne, our Assistant CEO, is leading on the project from our side working alongside colleagues from the DfE and Rochdale LA. Together the New Bridge Trust will have secured almost £25million of new buildings for the communities in our areas. Not bad in just over 10 years? I can assure you we haven’t finished yet.

So, over the Summer I will be working alongside Tameside LA to put a plan together that explores the further development of Hawthorns. The most pressing challenge is the building and site. I am hopeful of news in the next few weeks. Can I thank our families of our Hawthorns children who are being incredibly supportive. These problems have been going on too long – they need to get sorted.

Short and sweet.

Take care,


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