19 July 2018

Say hello, wave goodbye

By Richard Gill, CEO, ATLP

I cannot believe we’ve reached the end of another academic year! It seems like just five minutes ago that we were welcoming our new starters. Now we’re waving goodbye to some of our students and associate teachers, although many of them will be returning to our schools in September, I’m pleased to say.

What an eventful 12 months it’s been. There are so many highlights that it would be impossible to do them justice in one final roll call. This year has seen so many significant events, including Brookvale and Stockland Green’s ‘Good’ Ofsted reports, Scotch Orchard officially becoming part of the ATLP family, and not forgetting the odd MBE!

But the biggest highlight took place this month, in the form of our second ATLP Student Awards. This celebration of student success and achievement took place at the splendid New Hall Hotel, bringing together children from across our schools. This was the first time children had presented the awards – and what an incredible job they did.

I was truly privileged and proud to be in the presence of such wonderful children, who are a credit to our schools. Young people who go the extra mile, who strive for excellence, who support others. Champions of our schools. Special thanks to our student leaders who organised and presented some awards, and to the talented musicians from John Willmott who wowed us with their beautiful sounds. Each performer and presenter complimented the other – rather like the schools in our partnership.

If you have music in mind, then please do stop by and join the ATLP team at the Lichfield Proms this summer, where we will be celebrating being part of Lichfield’s rich learning community. And don’t forget to pack your picnic blanket!

Finally, I must say goodbye to some senior leaders, who have given years of service and dedication to our schools. Arthur Terry’s Jayne Oliver is retiring after a whopping 33 years at the school, Wendy Horden retires after 18 years at Scotch Orchard, and Brookvale’s Jon Smart is moving on to the next stage of his leadership career. Many thanks to all three for taking such good care of their schools – and wishing them all the best for the future.

All that remains is for me to bid you a restful and happy summer. Good luck to those students who are waiting on their results, ready to take the next important steps on the road ahead. Remember that you will always be part of the ATLP family, so please do keep in touch and remember that you are welcome home any time.

See you in September!