A Decade of Difference

By Richard Gill, CEO, ATLP.

This year ATLP celebrates a decade of school-to-school improvement – so it’s rather fitting that two of our schools have just received their best Ofsted outcomes of recent years.

I’m delighted and proud that John Willmott School has been lifted out of special measures, with inspectors praising both headteacher Tracey Peters for her ‘unwavering commitment’ and the ATLP for ensuring that the ‘foundations for improvement are in place’.

Congratulations to Slade Primary School too, which has been graded as ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ in equal measure. Inspectors praised the ‘exceptional’ leadership and pastoral care, describing headteacher Helen Hastilow and her team as ‘highly effective and cohesive’.

This means that all of our Erdington academies are ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features –including Stockland Green, which first forged a partnership with Arthur Terry 10 years ago. It’s incredible that a decade has since passed and, as I enter my 10th year with this family, I can’t help but reflect on all that we have created together and all that we have yet to achieve.

We have grown in so many ways and together we are stronger. Our legacy lives on in the lives of our young people. We remain rooted in our core moral purpose to give all children access to quality education, to serve our communities and to drive forward our own destinies.

To mark the ATLP’s milestone, we’re launching our ‘Decade of Difference’ campaign, a celebration of the impact we have made since 2009/2010. As part of this, we’d like you to share your memories of life at the ATLP. Just email us at anna.newson@atlp.org.uk  or look out for #DecadeofDifference on social media.

There are so many highlights from the past 10 years, including being among the country’s first 100 teaching schools and meeting so many inspirational young people at our ATLP student awards ceremonies to our recent expansion into Staffordshire. Not forgetting the odd knighthood and MBE (well, no diamond anniversary would be complete without a touch of sparkle).

We are now the award-winning ATLP, after being named Large Business of the Year by the Chambers of Commerce. The accolade recognises the contribution we have made to the regions, growing from two schools to a family of 13 schools and one teaching school. Our staff, student and governor community now exceeds 10,000 and we are continuing to thrive as our journey to excellence progresses.

We remain forward facing. This year, the Coleshill School will undergo a new expansion programme, while our founding partner, Stockland Green School, is preparing for the opening of the new all-weather sports pitch. To commemorate the launch, students will plant a time capsule so that future generations can see how we lived in the year 2019!

Ethical leadership is about being a positive role model for the young so that we can help them grow into fulfilled and valued citizens. John Willmott students were lucky enough to spend one life-changing day meeting Cherie Blair and Michelle Obama, who once said: “choose people who lift you up.”

I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by such people. Thank you wholeheartedly for your commitment to our rich learning community over the years and for the difference you make. Here’s to the next decade and the many wonderful places it will lift us to!