20 December 2017

Celebrating the season of goodwill and good schools

To quote the words of Slade (the band, not the ATLP school) “It’s Christmas!”

I’m not sure how it arrived so quickly and how we packed so much into the last half term, but the season of goodwill is upon us, so let the merriment commence.

We are ending the year with such glad tidings. Stockland Green School has achieved an Ofsted grading of ‘Good’ and has been praised for its high standards of teaching, learning, leadership and student behaviour. This school and its community have had such an incredible transformation – which I am proud to have been part of – and it is thanks to the hard work and dedication of many. Heartfelt congratulations to everybody on your continued journey to excellence.

Fantastic judgements too for the Coleshill School, which has been deemed as having the capacity to become outstanding following a positive review by NLE and school improvement, partner Christine Owen.

Students at Coleshill are at a ‘Good’ school with the capacity to become ‘Outstanding’

Stockland and Coleshill joined the partnership as struggling schools, yet with so much potential. They have both moved from Special Measures and Requires Improvement respectively, to ‘Good’. Both are oversubscribed and enjoying record-breaking results. However, top of the tree is the positive impact this has had on their students, staff, governors, parents and wider learning communities.

The third secondary school to officially join our family at the start of next year will be John Willmott School, which has already made so much progress since working alongside the ATLP. By becoming part of our closely-knit MAT, we can work more closely together to deliver further improvement.

We plan to celebrate our success across all our schools, children’s centres and teaching school at our inaugural staff conference, which kicks off the new term on January 8. This all-staff training and development event will bring together around 800 of the ATLP team at the prestigious National Conference Centre near Solihull. Our guest speakers include sporting great, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and TV’s Ashley John-Baptiste, who we hope will inspire staff to be continue to be their very best. The day will include various workshops and talks and the chance to visit a number of exhibitors, including Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund, City Save Credit Union, Teachers Pensions, The Local Government Pensions (both West Midlands and Warwickshire), Wesleyan Financial Services.

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson

In addition to John Willmott, we also welcome Staffordshire’s Scotch Orchard primary school to our conference and we anticipate that in 2018 they will also join our family of schools.

Education is the gift that keeps on giving and the best present we can give our children is opportunity.

It’s been a wonderful year and a joy to work with you all. I look forward to seeing you at our conference in January where we will share more about our exciting vision for the future.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Christmas break with your friends and loved ones and thank you all for the love goodwill that you spread across our schools.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Richard Gill


Arthur Terry Learning Partnership