CEO weekly update 26/02/17

Dear All,


The BWMAT’s offer to schools is reviewed and updated regularly by leaders across our Trust. This week Jason and I met with governing bodies of prospective new schools to share our offer and, on Monday, with the office of the Regional Schools’ Commissioner for the South West. 


Our offer can be seen in practice every day in the actions and as a result of the skill, commitment and dedication of every member of staff, our governors and our Central team, in all of our Church schools.


The offer has two strands, delivered within a distinctively Christian context, underpinned by our Christian values.

1.  Outcomes

  • Holding high aspirations for every child
  • Valuing the development of the whole child – of mind, body and spirit
  • Developing a curriculum with breadth and depth that is challenging, creative and inspiring
  • Promoting the highest quality teaching and learning in every classroom, every day
  • Supporting leaders to facilitate successful teaching and learning in each school and across the BWMAT.
  • Ensuring safeguarding procedures and practice are embedded

2.  People

  • Valuing, supporting and engaging every person within the Trust
  • Facilitating high quality professional development and training
  • Providing effective recruitment, succession planning and induction
  • Securing effective collaboration, support and challenge


Through the hard work of leaders and staff across the BWMAT, a number of our schools have lived out our offer and moved from being judged as requiring special measures to good or are making clearly evidenced progress towards this. 


Our schools now have ambitions to be judged as outstanding.  We are working together, drawing on each other’s strengths and successes, to reach to achieve this.  Schools already judged to be good and outstanding are choosing to become part of the BWMAT family.   We will continue to explain and share our offer with many different types and sizes of schools – large and small, town and rural, good and outstanding as well as those more vulnerable schools.  


Meetings, training and development opportunities this week:

  • SENCO Session 2, Interventions, resources and impact, Tuesday 28th February, St James Church School, Taunton 10:00 – 14:00.


On Thursday, due to exceptionally high winds in Highbridge, the decision was taken to close Churchfield Church School to protect the health and safety of pupils and staff.  Thank you to Jenny and all staff who supported the process of informing parents and carers, ensuring the safety of pupils and staff and getting the school to the point where it can reopen fully on Monday.   


On Friday, Deputy Heads met at St John and St Francis Church School.  This highly valued group of leaders shared expertise in ways to challenge, nurture and support improvement in teaching and learning.


It was fantastic to receive such a positive welcome from all members of the community at St John and St Francis throughout the day on Friday and to see their wonderful, vibrant learning environment that so clearly celebrates pupils’ learning, high quality teaching and leadership.  It mirrors what is happening in schools and classrooms across our Trust – people working together with an absolute determination to achieve the very best outcomes for every pupil and with the skill, dedication and commitment to achieve this.   It is so inspiring. 


Kind regards



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