11 September 2018

Connecting communities, transforming lives

By Richard Gill, CEO, ATLP

Another academic year has arrived.

It’s wonderful to welcome back our staff and students and to see all the new faces at our schools, including our latest group of associate teachers: I enjoyed spending time with them, last week as part of their induction. The energy that our associate teachers give me, every year, is infectious. Their enthusiasm in wanting to learn and develop and their commitment to young people is inspiring.

The year begins on another positive start. We’re celebrating improved GCSE and A-Level results across the board, which places our MAT in an even stronger position. This is on the back of strong test results at key stage 2 across our primary schools. These achievements are testament to the hard work and dedication of so many and I’d like to thank everybody who has contributed to this success.

Behind every set of data is, of course, a young person each with their individual story. Success for them can mean so many different things and it is the impact that staff, across all of our schools, are having in improving life chances, which must never be lost.

Many of our students will be joining our various sixth forms as I write, and others will be taking their first steps on the career and/or training ladder. Whatever their goals, I wish them all the best over the coming year and for the future.

The new term begins with a new addition to our growing partnership, Tamworth’s William MacGregor School.  We’ve been working with Headteacher Suzie Norton and her superb team for a number of months now and we’re delighted that they are officially part of our learning family.

Another Tamworth primary school, Two Gates, is also joining the ATLP community. The Department for Education has appointed ATLP as sponsor to the school. We will be working closely with the school as it continues on its improvement journey.

Earlier this year Lichfield’s Scotch Orchard Primary School joined our MAT and this September sees former Deputy Headteacher Jo Bishop officially take over as Headteacher. Our Staffordshire hub is growing – and we are connecting with schools in three counties to extend teaching and learning opportunities to even more children. I’m extremely pleased with how our vision is shaping up and I look forward to bringing you more positive news as we progress.

I was fortunate enough today (11 September) to spend time with the many dynamic Headteachers and senior leaders from across all our schools and partners. We came together for professional training and development and the opportunity to bring even more innovation and improvements to our schools through deeper collaboration and school to school support.

The year ahead promises many opportunities for excellence, for growth, for learning. There will also be challenges to face and changes afoot, and we will embrace all of this with the support of others.

The connections that we make now, be they new friends in year 7, colleagues in the staffroom, or partner schools, will play a key part in our lives. ATLP is founded on a shared ethos of collaboration and support and it is only by forging meaningful relationships with those around us that we can truly grow.