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Graham’s Blog…

Graham's Blog... First of all, can I start this week’s blog with an apology. I didn’t get round to writing a blog last week. I rarely miss, but I just had one of those weeks! It’s quite interesting as I don’t think I was alone in having 'one of those weeks' – many of...

Hot Off The Press!

Hot off the press! I heard some great news this week... The Trust has been successful with its bid to take a group of our 16+ students to the USA, next year. We received 90k from the Governments Turing Fund. We are one of just 3 special schools/trusts in the UK to get...

Sad News

Sad News   I received some dreadfully sad news on Wednesday. Jean Webber, who many of you will remember, sadly passed away following a short illness. I’m going to dedicate this blog to one of the most influential colleagues and inspirational people I have ever...

Rather a hectic week…

Rather a hectic week...   Hi, all... I’m still rather frustrated at not having enough time to get round our schools and spend time with the children and staff teams. Most of my time this week has been spent looking at finances and our future direction of travel....

Hi, everyone!

  Hi, everyone! We’re now well into the new school term and it’s all systems go! This week I’ve been involved in supporting a couple of our schools with their Ofsted preparation, as well as working alongside our Hawthorns and Rochdale teams in thinking about...

Hi everyone…

I’m writing this week’s blog on a train, on my way to London.

This evening (Friday) I’ve been invited to the annual NASEN awards event. The only time I get out my tuxedo is for this event and our school proms!! I can’t say I feel over comfortable in a bow tie!!

It’s a wonderful event that celebrates the staff in schools, across the country, that make such a difference, day in and day out. I judge a number of categories so I’m in a fortunate position to know many of the winners before they do!!

It’s a real pity you can’t “bottle” the energy that’s generated. The people that are there have a real “can do” attitude and the impact they have had on young people with additional needs is truly inspirational.

We’ll have TAs and teachers of the year being acknowledged, alongside the inspirational young people, families and organisations.

I’ll try and get some pictures for next weeks blog.

It renews my absolute commitment to all our schools and organisations.

As I have to stay over, I’m hoping that tomorrow I might be able to spend a few hours with our youngest daughter, who has just started studying at the London College of Music. It’ll be brilliant to catch up with her.

Next week one of our Local Authorities (Tameside) has an SEND area inspection. I’m hoping that the inspectors will visit Hawthorns to meet our inspirational children and amazing staff team. It would also be wonderful for them to meet with our families so you can explain to them the journey you’ve been on, and the influence that you have had on providing our children with a new school.

And staying in Tameside, one of our Executive Directors, Dan, has spent the week in Samuel Laycock. A number of staff have been struck down with the dreaded virus!!

Dan’s words to me yesterday were “what an amazing school it is.”


“What amazing children and staff, I can see why Helen loves it. They’ll bring so much to our Trust”.

Our teams are so looking forward to working alongside the Governors and staff teams. Together we’ll…

“Create meaningful futures.”

Short and sweet this week – have a wonderful weekend and take care.




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