Every year in education brings its new challenges. This last year is no exception and in some ways has been exceptionally challenging with new assessment in primary, changes in how we “package” achievements in secondary, a new Ofsted framework and an ongoing requirement to ever higher standards. Against this backdrop I have watched staff work incredibly hard to ensure that students get the best outcomes academically. But perhaps more importantly in some way I have also watched staff engage in the wider challenges which ensure students gain not only academic success but also opportunities to grow and learn about so much more, qualities and experiences vital for their future lives.
The stories in our Teaching Awards and our House of Commons “Outstanding Contribution” Awards told of how individuals work above and beyond to ensure our students achieve and thrive in ATT. From the dinner lady in Great Heath to the teaching assistant at Norwich Road to the pupil at Bristnall Hall to the English lead at Mark Hall Academy and the Vice Principal at Iceni, the role of everyone counts. We cannot do the job properly without the contributions of all.
Our academies go so much further. The Nicholas Hammond Academy achieved World Class Curriculum status, Star gained the Inclusion Quality Mark, Kingsmoor recently earned the Healthy Schools Award, Bristnall Hall was awarded the Literacy and Basic Skills Quality Mark, Sun received the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) Silver Award and the list goes on. This demonstrates the extra miles our Principals and staff go to be the very best they can be.
In addition Karen Hammond as “Essex Headteacher of the Year” demonstrates her 110% commitment to our pupils and finally our fantastic Ofsted outcomes, all four this term were impressive.
Thank you everyone. Have a lovely summer.