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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...


A really short blog this week, I’m afraid.

The reason – Ofsted were in our Future Finders college on Thursday and Friday.

Future Finders is a small specialist college that prepares the students for working life.  It’s based in Pennine House on Union Street in Oldham.

Jaina, the head there, received the call on Tuesday.

We’ve always viewed inspections as an opportunity to showcase our work and to take advice on how we can improve.

We treated this inspection in the same manner.  The 2 HMIs were experienced and really well informed.  Most importantly, they were very approachable.  They managed to see a couple of our work placements (at David Lloyd and Avro).  They conducted “deep dives” into 4 young people.  That involved observing them in lessons, scrutinising their progress and interviewing them individually.  The HMIs checked policies and ensured our safeguarding processes were and are fit for purpose.  They regularly met and fed back to Jaina about their observations and findings.

On Friday the inspection team were able to share their provisional thoughts with the Future Finders staff.  Unfortunately I’m not in a position to disclose the overall judgement, but, needless to say, we are pleased with the proposed outcome.  The process is subject to an Ofsted scrutiny before the final report is available in about 4 weeks.

So it’s been “all hands to the pump” this week supporting Jaina and the team.

My personal thanks go to our central and executive team who so readily offered support and help.  Also a huge well done to the team that work alongside Jaina – it’s always stressful when you are scrutinised.  Thanks also to Phil and Ken who spoke to the inspectors in their roles as directors.

Finally can I again thank our young people and their families.  Our students were remarkable (as always) and our families supportive.

The timing of the inspection could have been better (end of a half term in the middle of a pandemic) but we are where we are!!

There are still good vibes coming out of Tameside re Hawthorns 2 – hopefully more detailed plans can be circulated in the second week of June.

Have a restful break everyone – please stay safe.


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