15 September 2017

Welcome home!

By Richard Gill, CEO of the ATLP

A warm welcome back to our students, staff and learning communities, as we begin another busy academic year – a year full of potential and positive change.

A very special welcome to those joining the Partnership at a very exciting time in our development, with new schools joining throughout the year and more planned for the future. Such growth will be measured to ensure the familiarity across our schools remains, but will bring about even greater opportunities for staff and for our young people. I am confident that our wonderful staff body and your boundless enthusiasm to greet new challenges ensures that anything is possible and the true winners here are our children and young people.

Last week we were joined by more students – new starters, including our new year 7s who are familiarising themselves with senior school; while sixth forms are welcoming new students from a number of different schools.

New nursery and reception children are also joining the ATLP family. This year, Mere Green Primary School is welcoming even more children as part of its expansion to accommodate a growing local community and provide them with access to an outstanding education.

Not forgetting our newest teachers too – the NQTs who begin their new roles in the classroom and the latest cohort of associate teachers who are embarking on their SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) year with the Arthur Terry National Teaching School.

September is always bustling with activity at our schools. The air is full of excitement and anticipation even of the weather, which this week, is grey and wet – let’s hope that changes with a little more sun before winter is upon us.

Outstanding Performance

It would be remiss to start this new academic year without celebrating the successes of the last.

This summer you will have seen our schools in the news celebrating their excellent GCSE and A-Level performances. All of our academies achieved improved results, in an extremely volatile and uncertain education climate.

Our primary schools produced some truly outstanding outcomes that I know will place us well when primary MAT league tables are released later this year. Praise too for Brookvale, whose strong leadership and teamwork ensured that a recent Ofsted monitoring inspection was very successful.

This is testament to the hard work and talent of our fantastic students and staff and I would like to thank everybody in our extended family for their efforts.

We travel with such velocity and forward focus that it is important to pause and appreciate the advances we have made in the past year. All schools are oversubscribed and all are continuously improving, thanks to our culture of collaboration. We benefit from outstanding leadership and a generosity of spirit that brings together the very best of this partnership.

We want everybody in the ATLP family to feel at home in our schools because together, we dwell in possibility. Whilst I know the term ahead will be busy, I am very much looking forward to seeing all staff from across the Partnership together under one roof for the very first time at our January training day. The motorcycle museum just off the M42 and close to the NEC awaits where we will be joined by inspirational speakers including Ashley John Baptiste and Olympic star Dame Tanni Grey Thompson. More information to follow later in the term.

Here’s wishing everybody the best for the year ahead!