18 October 2017

Hold the front page

Our partnership is headline news. This term we’ve been on ‘Good Morning Television’, ‘ITV News’ and ‘Schools Week’ to name just a few.
Our ‘top’ stories have included visits from celebrity Clare Balding, new senior appointments and, not forgetting, Poppy the nappy-wearing miniature Daschund in the pink wheelchair!

Anna Balson and Neil Warner both featured in Schools Week this month

The spotlight continues to shine on our work. On your great work. Our reach has stretched from China (where Slade teacher Clare Williams has been leading on Maths Mastery) to Coleshill, where British trampolining champ, year 11 Olivia-May Street, scooped gold for her gymnastic prowess.

Olivia-May Street with Ian Smith-Childs

Social media has an abundance of snapshots from Mere Green’s Harvest Festival and Hill West’s choir to Stockland Green’s community event and the Toy Library’s new home. Snapshots of what we do best – inspire and develop young people and communities.
But behind the ‘Likes’ and the ‘Retweets’ there are the untold stories.

You may not always hear about the colleague who gives up their lunchtime to ensure the SEN child is settling into school, the year 6 student who volunteers at the food bank or the governor who donates their time freely to gives children the best life chances. Their stories may not have the same hook as ‘dog leads assembly’ but they are every (column) inch as deserving as VIP visits and quirky canine tales.

Of course, if we were to report every story, every positive action that goes on across our family of academies, we could fill our local newspapers 10 times over!

As CEO, I am frequently required to strike a pose for the camera. Be it standing amid a gaggle of Reception children, welcoming international visitors, or shaking hands with education minister Nick Gibb and MP Andrew Mitchell this week. My personal favourite though, was the selfie outside of Buckingham Palace with colleagues celebrating our students’ Duke of Edinburgh Award success.

I was fortunate enough to be back at the palace again this week. This time, it was with ATLP’s new Executive Headteacher (Primary) Anna Balson and Safeguarding Lead Sue Bailey. We were invited by HRH the Duke of York to celebrate the partnership’s Outward Bound Trust achievements – a fantastic charity which our students and staff have proudly been involved with for more than 20 years. We managed to take another selfie – though Prince Andrew is sadly not in shot!

A selfie with Anna Balson

These are just a few snapshots of life across the ATLP. Over the coming months there will be more stories to celebrate and more photographs to share.

Remember that you are all creating positive headlines every day. Enjoy the half term and catch up with all the latest ATLP news at www.atlp.org.uk