On Monday 24th February over 160 teachers, leaders and TAs from across all 14 Schools in the Trust came together for a day of learning, updates and reflection. Looe Primary School were the host school, welcoming staff from across the Trust.
Both Teachers and TAs led on an array of information sessions providing an opportunity for everyone to attend a choice of workshops out of the 29 on offer.
Thank you very much to everyone who contributed their time to plan and deliver the excellent sessions throughout the day.
The contributions of food to the fabulous ‘shared’ lunch gave more opportunities for staff to meet fellow colleagues in other schools and to share ideas. This led nicely into the afternoon session where individuals gathered back into their school groups to discuss what had been learned throughout the day and agree next steps to share with all the children in Bridge Schools.
It was great to see such enthusiastic collaboration on so many levels making another very successful joint INSET day.
Bridge Schools are currently involved in a year-long collaborative music project led by Nick Hart to co-create choral compositions which will be performed at The Eden Project by some of Cornwall’s finest choirs this September with the theme of environmental well-being the inspiration.
Last term, Bridge Schools children from across the 14 primary academies met Luci Isaacson, leading climatologist, to develop their understanding of the key environmental issues challenging our planet. They then worked with talented musician Matt Douglas from Cornwall Music Education Hub to transform their ideas into songs with the ambition of inspiring change.
One of the teachers commented, ''The event has been a fantastic experience for the children. The lyrics are inspirational and the singing very impressive. Joining together here at St Martin's church has provided the children with the opportunity to meet with others across the Trust as part of this creative journey.''
On 21st January, over 200 pupils from across Bridge Schools Trust performed at St Martin’s Church. It was a magical opportunity for the children to share and celebrate their hard work as well as spread key environmental messages through the medium of song.
“It was really exciting! We felt quite nervous about singing today, but with Matt’s help, we did it! We’ve really enjoyed singing with other Bridge Schools children today,” said a pupil from Polperro Primary.
“The kids were really impressive, very inspirational, and in such a short space of time they worked really hard and should be proud of themselves,” expressed another Teacher.
Chief Executive Adrian Massey commented, “It was lovely to see the children from each of our 14 schools walk forward so confidently to sing their school song to everyone in the church. What an incredible opportunity for them to sing with 200 other Bridge Schools children in such a beautiful setting. We are indebted to Nick Hart for organising the event with Matt Douglas from Cornwall Music Hub.”
Over the coming months, Matt will continue to work to develop the children’s ideas ready for performances by professional choirs at Eden later this year – the perfect setting to disseminate messages from the children about the future of their planet.
Cornwall Association of Chief Executives met at the Bridge Offices to kick 2020 off. A relatively newly formed group over the last year we are trying to bring solutions to shared problems as well as uniting as a group representing over half of children in schools in Cornwall.
We were fortunate to secure an early appointment with Meredith Teasdale, the new Director of Services for Children families and Schools for Cornwall to meet and talk to us. We listened to Meredith outlining her vision for a new working relationship as well as hearing from Kate Evan-Hughes the newly appointed Head of Schools for Cornwall LA. We look forward to developing a productive and positive working relationship between ourselves and the Local Authority with new leadership.
CACE also discussed local information to be aware of as well as improving the process around appeals for school places.
All our visitors commented on how fortunate we were to have obtained such a good centrally located office and meeting space. We are fortunate indeed but use it for most of the week to host meetings and when it isn’t being used it is let out for other groups to generate income for the trust. Our aim is to become cost neutral in the first instance and then to generate income to be used in the schools. If you would like more information or would like to host a meeting at our hub please visit Bridge Training Hub Website.
We are delighted to announce that Rebecca Whitlock has been appointed as the next Headteacher of Wadebridge Primary Academy part of Bridge Schools Trust.
Rebecca will take over in January 2020 from interim Head, Catherine Stoate, former Head of Bridge Schools St Cleer Primary Academy, when she retires at the end of December 2019.
Rebecca has significant experience as a senior leader in a range of diverse settings. As Executive Headteacher of Claycots School in Berkshire, Rebecca swiftly galvanised leaders and staff, raised the effectiveness of teaching, learning and assessment and elevated staff morale gaining the school a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.
As Head of one of London’s top Independent Primary Schools, Victoria Park, London, Rebecca successfully led a large primary, the oldest and most established prep school in London’s East. Founded in May 1948 by Phyllis Wallbank, a pioneer of education development, in the gatehouse of St Bartholomew the Great Priory Church, West Smithfield. The school was then a pioneer of much that is now generally accepted in education.
Rebecca Whitlock is looking forward to returning to her home county after many years of working in the south eastern corner of the country. We warmly welcome Rebecca as she begin her new role with Bridge Schools Trust at the beginning of the new year. Adrian Massey, CEO of the Bridge Schools Trust, said, “I am delighted to be welcoming Rebecca to the Bridge Schools Trust as the new Headteacher at Wadebridge Primary Academy. Her experience and expertise will further build on the excellent work of the staff and pupils."
Through the hard work and dedication of staff within our schools we are learning together and sharing knowledge to support each other when it comes to teaching inside and outside of the classroom. This is generating better outcomes for our children, making our schools exciting places to learn. Our children get to experience and embrace new opportunities within their schools and across the Trust taking on new challenges and making new friendships.
Here are just some of the comments from Ofsted Inspectors during their visits in 2019.
“Pupils enjoy school and the opportunities it offers them”
“The school’s curriculum supports pupils understanding of what it is to be a good citizen”
“Reading is valued… the teaching of early reading is well structured” “Staff put in precise and intensive support”
“The school is well led and managed… trust leaders and the governing body are effective”
We are extremely proud of all our schools; the pupils, teachers, governors and wider staff, as well as the wider community who all come together to support each other and show what wonderful teaching and learning is happening around Bridge Schools Trust. A full report for each school can be downloaded to read in the "Information" tab of the school website.
This month nearly 300 Year 5 children from across the Bridge Schools Trust came together over two days at the Duchy College Site to take part in an energetic Orienteering Event.
Duchy College students led the activities with support from Cornwall Orienteering. With all schools mixed together the children were divided into groups to take on the various tasks, testing their communication skills, teamwork and resilience to conquer the Orienteering courses!
All the pupils and staff enjoyed the challenges they were set and had a fantastic time. We thank everyone who was involved with organising the event and the children for their enthusiasm and energy. We are very proud of all the children who took part. Certainly a great couple of days had by all!
Over 100 Teachers and leaders from across our 14 Schools came together for a Trust training day complete with updates and learning workshops, which was held at Wadebridge Primary Academy. Adrian Massey - Chief Executive, kicked the morning off with a ‘state of the nation’ presentation sharing successes and financial challenges that is being faced by many. Updates from Area Executive Heads - Louise Gilbert and Sarah Sanson followed on Assessment and Safeguarding respectively.
The rest of the day was dedicated to curriculum workshops/sessions including 'Ideas for French', 'Maths Mastery', Cross-curricular writing, Guided Reading, Data and Assessment, PE, RE, 'Floor books', Art and 'Wild Tribe' (amongst many others interesting subject matters – all of which were delivered by teachers and leaders from across the Trust schools.
Lunch together made for a great networking opportunity and the chance to share ideas and best practice across topics, key stages, schools, curriculum areas and more. This led nicely into the afternoon session with an update of the new curriculum progress from Lauren Howell and Jane Wills where a consolidated and consistent approach is clearly producing great curriculum content, evidenced by a plethora of content that has been made available on our staff portal. Then there were more workshops to attend.
The Education Library Service, Cornwall Museum Partnership and the Trust’s Health & Wellbeing provider attended in the afternoon to display and share information first- hand on the resources they provide to the Trust schools and its staff.
It was great to see such enthusiastic communication and collaboration on so many levels making a very successful joint INSET day.
Thank you very much to everyone who contributed their time to plan and deliver all the excellent sessions throughout the day.
We are delighted to announce that Michele Spencer has been appointed as the next Headteacher of St Cleer Primary Academy part of Bridge Schools Trust.
Michele will join us in September, as Catherine Stoate retires after 40 years of teaching, of which 20 were as Headteacher at St Cleer Primary.
With extensive leadership experience in a variety of schools and roles, twelve years of Michele’s teaching career has been as a member of Senior Management Teams in three different primary schools. Michele has been a Maths Consultant for Southwark and is currently Deputy Headteacher of a large three-form entry school in East London.
Having grown up in South East Ireland, then working and living in London for the best part of 16 years, Michele is excited to be relocating with her family to the South West of England. Michele’s skills and attributes have successfully secured her the Headship at St Cleer Primary Academy.
Adrian Massey, CEO of Bridge Schools Trust, said, “I am delighted to be welcoming Michele to the Bridge Schools Trust as the new Headteacher at St Cleer Primary Academy. This is a new, exciting opportunity in her career. I am confident that Michele will help the school to move forward confidently. I am sure the children, staff and parents will welcome her on her arrival.”
Following an internal recruitment process, Bridge Schools Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Head of School at Blisland Primary Academy, Matt Avery, who will take up the post in September.
Delaware Primary Academy joined Bridge Schools Trust in December 2015 and in 2016 Matt secured his place on our Leadership Development Programme.
In Spring this year, Matt became one of the Year 6 and Visible Learning Leaders for the Trust, sharing his knowledge and expertise with many teachers across our Trust schools.
In May the permanent position of Head of School was advertised for Blisland Primary Academy and we were so happy that Matt was the successful chosen candidate. Matt is an inspiring teacher, and as Head of School, he will certainly deliver a truly exciting and positive learning experience to the children at Blisland Primary Academy. Matt is sure to receive a warm welcome by the staff, children and parents, as he steps into his new role in September.
Following an internal recruitment process, Bridge Schools Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Head of School at Duloe CofE Primary Academy, Dave Hannah, who will take up the post in September.
Dave Hannah joined the Bridge Schools Trust in May 2017 as Assistant Head Teacher, teaching at Wadebridge Primary Academy.
Since joining the Trust, Dave has proved to be a strong and confident leader, which has contributed to the ongoing success of Wadebridge Primary Academy, securing its latest ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.
In May the permanent position of Head of School was advertised for Duloe Primary Academy and we were delighted Dave applied and went on to secure the post. Dave has great determination and drive, is an experienced teacher who over the years has developed his leadership skills and knowledge to enable him to successfully move into this headship role at Duloe CofE Primary Academy.
Dave is looking forward to meeting all the children, staff and parents. We wish him all the best in his new role.
Following an internal recruitment process, Bridge Schools Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Head of School at Darite Primary Academy, Tom Whipps, who will take up the post in February.
Tom Whipps originally taught at Looe Primary Academy, who joined Bridge Schools Trust in 2013. In June 2015, Tom was seconded to perform a leadership role at Wadebridge Primary Academy, and on completion of the secondment he remained at the school taking a Senior Teacher role.
The Trust deliver a wide range training events for staff, and Tom was recognised as an ideal candidate for the Leadership Programme which he successfully completed. In February 2018 Tom accepted another secondment, as Acting Head of School, leading both Pelynt and Polruan Primary Academies within the Trust which he gave full commitment to. Towards the end of Tom’s secondment, the permanent position of Head of School was advertised for Darite Primary Academy and we are so happy that Tom applied and secured this post.
Tom has made a truly positive contribution to all the Trust schools he has worked in and we are thrilled that through his hard work, dedication and passion for teaching, Tom has secured himself the role of Head of School at Darite. The children and staff look forward to welcoming him after the half term holidays.
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