15 February 2017

CEO blog: stellar performance across the ATLP

By Richard Gill, CEO of the ATLP.

What another productive term across the ATLP! I would like to thank everybody for ensuring that all of our children are receiving the very best standard of education.

It has been pleasing to see the publication of various league tables this term, and we are delighted with the results and the progress that our schools are making. This is testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication shown by staff and the tremendous support we receive from students and parents.

The Government’s National Performance League Tables for GCSEs show that all of our secondary schools are continuing to improve, as more of our young people enter education, employment or training.

Across partnership primaries, the picture is equally positive. The national multi-academy trust performance table reveals that the ATLP is riding high in the top 20 MATs for maths and top 30 for reading – what a fantastic start to the year this has been!

However, performance tables are there to measure, not to inform. Curriculum decisions must be for the benefit of the children. However, school is not just about the classroom: it’s about the extracurricular – the shows, the football and rugby matches, the concerts, the trips, and the clubs.

This term all of our secondary students are celebrating sporting success; students from each school have also visited Parliament. These schools are also rich in artistic performance, with talented musicians, actors and writers in our midst. I’m excited to find out what this year’s shows will be – I’ve even been known to join our student musicians on stage!

ATLP primaries are also enjoying a range of enrichment opportunities, including Mere Green’s Outward Bound residential to Aberdovey, Slade’s pantomime experience and CBSO’s visit to Brookvale. As I write, Hill West’s year 6s are en route to France.

Schools must not take the fun out of learning. I was a musician and sportsman in my own school days and this gave me the passion for both interests, which ensures today my total commitment to a full, enriching balanced curriculum.

So, as we prepare to spend half term with our loved ones, feel proud of all you have achieved so far, both academically and beyond the curriculum. As Albert Einstein said: “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”