The greatest advert of them all

An end of term message from CEO, Richard Gill

I have had opportunity to talk with many of you over the course of this term and one of the key themes that I have stressed is the importance of family. This term our ATLP family has grown as we welcomed not one, but four new academies to our growing partnership: Nether Stowe Secondary School in Lichfield, Curdworth Primary in Warwickshire, William MacGregor Primary and Two Gates Primary both in Tamworth. It is with great pride and privilege that I embrace these new partnerships and we are all looking forward to what we can accomplish together.

Our partnership has now grown to a learning community of more than 9,000 students, staff and governors. From our humble beginnings ten years ago, we are making a difference continuing to ensure that children are at the heart of everything we do. We now have more capacity to escalate improvement and more collective expertise than ever before. Together we are stronger.

I am delighted that we have been shortlisted for an award. The ‘Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber Dinner and Awards Evening’ sees us up against Cookes Furniture and Moor Hall Hotel in the Sutton Coldfield Large Business of the Year category; we are proud of this. We really are ending the year on a positive note. And I thank each and every one of you for playing a significant role in our successful expansion. An effective education changes lives. Every child gets one chance and we never underestimate our responsibility to provide the very best. We believe the development of our business in what are stormy educational waters, our record for leadership, our outstanding provision, the excellent talented workforce across our family of schools, the outcomes we achieve and our record of school improvement within and beyond our own family of schools has established us as a centre of excellence in our sector. All of you are very much part of this.

Any good business agrees that you never lose sight of people. Powerful businesses operate as a collective and that is what we do. We never lose sight that we are here to serve; it’s our golden thread. I am fortunate to be surrounded by such brilliance in our schools; brilliance that is recognised in the Ofsted framework and, indeed, other forms of brilliance that are not. But at the heart of such brilliance is you, the people; you make it all happen. You are having such positive impact on our children and young people and you continue to make our schools such happy, loving, nurturing and caring environments in which our pupils flourish.

Education is a gift and so is love. You may have seen a Christmas advert hit the headlines – no, not the one with Elton or the Orangutan (as moving as that is), but the one made on a shoestring of £50. ‘Love is a Gift’ tells a heart-warming, nostalgic story and serves as an opportunity for all of us to reflect on what we have around us and appreciate how lucky we are. Working alongside colleagues like yourselves, I truly know how lucky I am. 

I am heartened to see all of our schools reaching out to their communities. From food bank donations to carol services: I take great pride that we are instilling these values to our children and young people. Teaching them that while education is a gift, love, caring and sharing is eternal.

Enjoy the time you spend with friends and family this Christmas and treasure every moment. We will, I am sure, all know of colleagues, indeed pupils and young people, whose festive period will be challenged through personal circumstance, illness or loss. Let the love of our ATLP family reach out to them in our thoughts and in our actions.

Thank you for everything.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!


Richard Gill

CEO, The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership