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ATC News Update 29th April 2022

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ATC News Update 29.4.2022

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ATC Weekly Update

29th April 2022

 

Huge AtC welcome to Adam who is supporting the marketing team over the next term.

We are in the middle of the budget setting process now and meetings are taking place with schools to plan the resources needed for the next academic year.   

Face-Ed has been implemented across the trust.  This system will manage our recruitment and reduce paper – yay!  Special thank you to Rosie for leading on the implementation and training relevant staff in our schools.

Headteachers and the ATC Executive Team have continued to meet on a 2-weekly basis with a focus on priorities for next year.  Our new CEO will join the next meeting as we plan for the next academic year.

Education and politics colide next week as the CLC is used as a polling station.  We look forward to seeing lots of visitors coming through the door.

Last week we said farewell to Dan, our IT Operations Lead and official Head of Mischief.  We wish him all the best in his new role. 

The IT team have been involved in Arbinger training with Seth.  The training has been a great success so far in helping the team to develop an outward mindset. 

Meetings have been taking place with all schools to review the digital strategy and to ensure that plans for next year fit with the priorities of each school.  It has been enlightening to see how the investment in the digital strategy has transformed the curriculum delivery.

A reminder Monday is May bank holiday, we hope you all have a nice long weekend.

ATC Spring Newsletter 2022

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Farewell message from ATC Trust CEO Dean Logan

Goodbye to AtC

 

Firstly, a thank you to you all for your hardwork and resilience over the last two years and for seeing our pupils, families and each other through the pandemic, a truly unprecedented period.

 

I guess you never really know where you’ll head to next in your career, having left the north west at start of 1998 to head to the Midlands, I would not have thought a return to the area was likely, but when a role such as Headteacher at Witton Park pops up in the TES, it’s hard not to think – what would it be like to return?  Having started my teaching career at the school and being fortunate to return in 2010 as Headteacher, I can say – it was great to return.  A similar opportunity arose last Autumn – What would it be like to return to Blackpool, to a trust that includes the school I attended?  Well you’d never know unless you give it a go!  So here I am, heading back to the area full time.  Clearly I’d had a taste of working back in Blackpool with Roseacre and Thames, which I’ve loved and this did influence me.

 

I’m excited about the prospect of having a positive influence on the ten FCAT schools and working in partnership with AtC wherever possible.  But I will also miss the people in our schools – being part of the journey each of our schools have taken, the changes, the innovations and the challenges.  Each school has its unique character and story to share.  It has been a privilege to work across each school, our pupils are great and full of character. I have appreciated the support over the years from colleagues, it makes a difference and helps us all when we work well together, the pandemic has certainly shown this to be true.

 

I’m confident we have continued to develop and improve, despite the pandemic, this is amazing given the challenges you’ve faced especially in enforced absence from school with Covid or Covid isolation.  The response to absence and the way you have supported each other to keep our schools running smoothly has been fantastic, thank you,  I know it’s been hard and I know there’s been no magic solution.  I’m proud of how you have continued throughout the pandemic and know we are in a very good position to continue the focus on school priorities that put children first.

 

AtC is in great shape, educationally and financially.  I’m sure that the Autumn will demonstrate strong results, from each key stage, within the context of exam adjustments and Covid disruption.  I’m equally confident you’ll respond well to a fresh view of the Trust seen through the eyes of the new CEO.  I look forward to maintaining a positive and working relationship with our schools where partnership working or collaborative opportunities exist. 

Best wishes for the future to you all.

Dean Logan

CEO – AtC

 

Staff Updates

Tracy Harrison (Executive Headteacher) has been appointed as our Interim CEO for the summer term.

We welcomed our new Finance and Payroll Manager, Kathryn Johnson. Kathryn is a great addition to the team and has enjoyed her time with us so far.

Dan Manley will be leaving the central team at the end of April, he will be missed, we wish him all the best in the future.

AtC News This Term

Ed Tech Lead, Zaitoon, visited the BETT show this week. The conference was a great opportunity to see the latest initiative technology that can be used in the classroom.

The whole IT services department have attended a Arbinger training session lead by Seth to help develop an Outward Mindset

Vicky our Trust Lead for School Improvement, attended the ICEE conference in Sweden this week. This was a fantastic opportunity to meet people across the world and bring ideas back home to help improve the schools across ATC.

Teaching and Learning

Primary CPL offer Thursday 19th May 3.30pm-5.30pm- How to build your own Resilience Curriculum (Workshop & Starter Resources)- For primary leaders or teachers.
See leaflet below
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GeeItCBGT7T3lnlzX3HyKfji0UswhdVV/view?usp=sharing

Marketing

The ATC website homepage has had a revamp in order to make sure it is compliant and also to showcase the work of our schools via their twitter feeds.

Chris our Trust Media and Marketing Officer has met with other professionals within a similar role from other Multi Academy Trusts to discuss ways in which to enhance marketing. The meeting was very productive with lots or great ideas to implement at ATC

Bowland High Updates

Year 10 Bath Bomb Workshop with Lush

The Lush team provided a science based workshop in one of our school laboratories. looking closely at the ingredients within each product as well as discussing careers within the beauty industry and the ethos behind the company Lush.

Pupils also had an opportunity to make their own bath bomb to take home!

Year 8 English Practice the Role-playing of Romeo & Juliet

Miss Herbert’s Year 8 English class made the most of the nicer weather recently by using the fabulous outdoor classroom to practice their role-playing of Romeo & Juliet.

7C Fundraiser

7 Curnock are currently fundraising to help Ukraine.

They have organised a collection box for clothes to help the refugees and they have also organised an Easter egg raffle, guess the weight of the chocolate cake, guess the amount of sweets in a jar, a lucky dip, tuck shop, guess the name of the teddy, battle flip game and a knock down game to raise funds for the cause.

Four days of ski lessons, swimming, bowling, pizza, music, games, fresh Norwegian air and lots of snow!!

Year 11 Enrichment Trips

All of the Year 11 cohort took part in some enrichment trips recently, consisting of an overnight visit to London, an overnight visit to Alton Towers, a day at Chill Factore testing out skiing, snowboarding, the snow park and the climbing wall and a day at the Escape Rooms and Lazerquest. You can see from the pictures that everyone had a fabulous time. Pupils have missed out on so many activities and events due to covid so it was excellent for them to have the chance to participate in such exciting experiences.

Roseacre Primary Academy Updates

Charity Bake Sale
In a bid to support our wider international community, Year 6 successfully hosted a charity bake sale, showing empathy and an awareness of global affairs. It was warmly received by all and raised a staggering £308; what an impressive collective effort! Once more, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to those contributors who can take comfort in the knowledge that the money has been donated to the British Red Cross: Ukrainian Appeal

Girls’ Football
We're unbelievably proud of our girls' football team, who delivered four gritty performances in their debut tournament - Let’s Play Girls’ Football. Proudly, Roseacre parents hugged the touchline and were given reason to celebrate when the ball was bundled over the line, leaving everyone ecstatic. It was a valuable learning experience for all and one that will see them go from strength-to-strength.

New Library KS1
After an extensive renovation, the KS1 library has once again returned to the hive of activity it was once. Ian Bland - children’s poet - kindly attended the grand opening and immediately recognised the fervour amongst both staff and children - owing to the newly chosen dinosaur theme. The excitement certainly reached fever pitch as the children were let loose amongst the shelves, which soon transpired into silence as they all became lost in a new adventure.

Schools Alive
A date etched into everyone’s calendar at the beginning of the year is the Schools Alive performance at the Winter Gardens, and once again it certainly did not disappoint. With up to fifty performers from across different year groups, let it not be underestimated the time and effort invested into coordinating such an event. The choreography - channelling the theme of Beauty and the Beast - was a sight to behold with all the performers creating another Roseacre memory. Once more, a very well done to all involved.

Forest school planting
The strength of our community was evidenced once more this term as staff, children, parents and carers came together to plant up to 100 saplings along the front of school. With the perimeter of school being considerably sizable, the team of volunteers - organised by Miss Howarth - worked tirelessly and were spurred along by the performing school choir. All-in-all, it was a tremendous success with all contributing to an improved forest school area.

New Staff
Roseacre Primary Academy has seen three new people join the school. Miss Danielle Robertson has joined as Administrative Assistant. Miss Carly Sudder and Miss Samantha Amos have joined as Play Leaders in the after school club.

Thames Primary Academy Updates

The Nest
The children in our SEN unit ‘The Nest’ have had a very busy time this spring term! We have started Forest School, welcomed Commando Scott to come and do resilience work with us, celebrated some birthdays and sold cakes to raise money for charity.

World Book Day
We had a fabulous time on WBD at Thames. Everyone came in fancy dress and we completed different reading challenges throughout the day, such as a ‘surprise guest reader’ at 11.30am in each class, and Years 4-6 reading to the younger children in nursery and the school.

Nursery
Pre school pupils recently went to visit the local library as part of their literacy development. They enjoyed sharing stories and rhymes.

New Starters
The spring term saw us welcome Chloe Wright, Aysha Azad and Kerrie Da Silva as new welfare assistants working in nursery and also Becky White and Julie Shackleton to the Nursery team, The Nest and the main school to support our pupils at lunchtimes. We hope you all enjoy it here at Thames as much as we do!

Mothers Day Assemblies
We welcomed the parents of all our Nursery and KS1 children to our special Mother’s Day assemblies on the 24th and 25th March. The children presented pictures they had made of their mums and sang some springtime songs too. We also had croissants and jam for the morning sessions and afternoon tea cakes for the afternoon sessions. They were thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Witton Park Academy Updates

Message from the Head

This term has been challenging for staff, pupils and parents.  It has however been great to see some of the ‘normality’ return to school.  This term has seen assemblies start again, school trips including Waddow for the Year 7 students, theatre trips, year 11 outdoor activities, Geographers on Tour and the rewards trips just before the Easter holidays.

 

We have also seen the Student Ambassador role develop in school.  The Year 10 students have taken their opportunity to step up.  I can’t wait to see the competitive field for the Head Student role this year.

A massive thank you goes to all staff in school for the part they have played in keeping the school open in what I believe has been the most challenging term over the last two years for illness.  With many schools moving to online rota’s all our year groups have received full face to face education.  I am hopeful that next term will bring some relief from Covid for staff.

One area to develop for the remainder of the year is our digital offer.  The resources staff have developed are at least equal to the national offering, with the added benefit of being personal to our curriculum.  The IT infrastructure needs to fully support our staff and students if we are to continue being effective.  I will endeavour to resolve this as I do appreciate the effect on staff and learning.  

Waddow Hall
Witton Park Academy Year 7 students had the fantastic opportunity to attend the yearly trip to Waddow Hall. This trip was an amazing experience for the Year 7 students with a huge number of activities ranging from ziplining to archery. The trip was an overnight stay in the dorm rooms of Waddow Hall. Students learnt team building, communication, resilience and many more skills during their stay. It also gave the students a chance to get to know their peers and teachers a little better. The trip was a brilliant event and one not to be missed. To see how the students got on please click the links below:

Waddow Hall Year 7 2022 Group 1

Waddow Hall Year 7 2022 Group 2

British Science Week 2022

 

As part of the British Science Week 2022, the science faculty organised “Big Bang” sessions for pupils in year 7 & 8. The sessions included flame tests, squeaky pop tests and burning magnesium to name a few.

 

Dr Michael mesmerised the pupils by demonstrating the “Whoosh Bottle”. This was thoroughly enjoyed by the pupils.

 

In class pupils worked through the Spaghetti Challenge. They constructed tall towers using spaghetti and marshmallows, working in teams and as young engineers. Pupils learnt how the laws of physics affected their structures and how they had to adapt their designs so the structures would stand tall

 

Year 7 and 8s during tutor time have been taking part in Science activities. These include building spaghetti towers, scavenger hunt and Science take over the Friday Fun Quiz.

 

Year 9s have had the opportunity to be Citizen Scientists, contributing to real research using the Zooniverse platform.

 

Pupils in year 5 from Griffin Park Primary School visited as part of their Science week. They took part in a practical session identifying the differences between physical and chemical changes.

 

Year 10 triple science pupils had an interactive session via video link to a STEM ambassador from BAE.

ATC News Update 25th March 2022

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ATC News Update 18.3.2022

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ATC Weekly Update

25th March 2022

 

This has been a big week for AtC as interviews took place for our new CEO.  We look forward to sharing news about the successful candidate with you.  Watch this space!

The CEO interview process was a great opportunity to showcase the skills in our central team to trustees, advisors and candidates.  Pete and his team made an amazon buffet, Chris designed signage, Rosie and Beth made the building look its absolute best and helped with overall organisation, Riz and Vicky made the building sparkle and Dan produced fab maps of the building.  Others were involved…it was a huge team effort and we really showed the best of #TeamAtC.

The ATC website homepage has had a revamp in order to make sure it is compliant and also to showcase the work of our schools via their twitter feeds.

Ed Tech Lead, Zaitoon, visited the BETT show this week. The conference was a great opportunity to see the latest initiative technology that can be used in the classroom.

The whole IT services department have attended a Arbinger training session lead by Seth to help develop an Outward Mindset. Also the team have deployed the first batch of one to one Chromebooks across to Bowland. 

Finally, we have a few vacancies across the Trust this week:

 

Teacher of Dance at Witton Park Academy (Maternity Cover)

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/teacher-of-dance-blackburn-with-darwen-1592527?preview=1 

 

Teacher of Art
Teacher of Creative Curriculum
Associate Assistant Headteacher – Pupil Culture

Casual Cover Teacher at Witton Park Academy

 

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/casual-cover-teachers-blackburn-with-darwen-1568678?preview=1

 

If you know anyone that may be interested in any of the roles, please forward them the links above.

ATC News Update 18th March 2022

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ATC News Update 18.3.2022

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ATC Weekly Update

18.3.2022

 

Trustees will meet this week to shortlist candidates for the CEO vacancy.  Interviews are due to take place next week.

 

We are congratulating Rosie this week for passing her probation period at the Trust. Since starting at ATC, she has become a great addition to the team and is always happy to help with anything asked.

 

Jenny (CFO) is supporting a local primary school in the absence of their SBM.  The collaboration has been a positive experience and it the school has been very welcoming.

 

Kathryn (Finance and Payroll Manager) has now visited all four school sites and met with staff who she will be working more closely with going forward.

 

Vicky our Trust Lead for School Improvement, attended the ICEE conference in Sweden this week. This was a fantastic opportunity to meet people across the world and bring ideas back home to help improve the schools across ATC.

 

Chris our Trust Media and Marketing Officer has met with other professionals within a similar role from other Multi Academy Trusts to discuss ways in which to enhance marketing. The meeting was very productive with lots or great ideas to implement at ATC

 

 

Finally we have a few vacancies across the Trust this week:

 

Teacher of Dance at Witton Park Academy (Maternity Cover)

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/teacher-of-dance-blackburn-with-darwen-1592527?preview=1

 

Exam Invigilator at Bowland High

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/exam-invigilator-lancashire-1569100?preview=1

 

Exam Invigilator at Witton Park Academy

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/exam-invigilator-blackburn-with-darwen-1569088?preview=1

 

Casual Cover Teacher at Witton Park Academy

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/casual-cover-teachers-blackburn-with-darwen-1568678?preview=1

 

If you know anyone that may be interested in any of the roles please forward them the links above.

ATC News Update 11th March 2022

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ATC News Update 11.3.2022

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ATC Weekly Update

11.3.2022

 

This week we welcomed our new Finance and Payroll Manager, Kathryn Johnson. Kathryn is a great addition to the team and has enjoyed her time with us so far.

 

The Executive Team and Head Teachers met this week to discuss trust priorities for the summer term and next academic year.

The Marketing team has been continuing to work on the Bowland High options online event for the Year 9 pupils. This event features all of the subjects available at the school with teachers giving information about the courses.

 

The IT team has been working across the schools helping to resolve issues and improve the network. The IT services also is running a twitter campaign to get to know the team.  Please give them a follow @ATCitservices

 

Finally, we have some vacancies across the Trust:

 

Exam Invigilator at Bowland High

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/exam-invigilator-lancashire-1569100?preview=1

 

After School Club Supervisor at Roseacre Primary Academy

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/after-school-club-supervisor-blackpool-1578244?preview=1

 

Exam Invigilator at Witton Park Academy

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/exam-invigilator-blackburn-with-darwen-1569088?preview=1

 

Casual Cover Teacher at Witton Park Academy

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/casual-cover-teacher-blackburn-with-darwen-1568678?preview=1

 

If you know anyone that may be interested in any of the roles please forward them the links above.

ATC News Update 4th March 2022

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ATC News Update 4.3.2022

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ATC Weekly Update

4.3.2022

 

Congratulations to Tracy Harrison (Executive Headteacher) who has been appointed as our Interim CEO for the summer term.

 

We are looking forward to Kathryn Johnson starting with us on Monday 7th March.  Kathryn has been appointed as the Trust Finance and Payroll Manager.

 

We are moving into a key time for trust and school development so the Headteacher Board will meet every two weeks to dedicate time to planning.

 

Dan, our IT Operations Lead, has created a phishing poster which has been shared with everyone and promoted on social media. This is to help raise awareness of phishing and help to stay safe online. The IT technicians have been working hard on the schools sites helping to resolve any IT issues.

 

The marketing department has been working with Bowland to help create their Options Evening virtually. This will give students and parents a clear overview about what subject can be taken at Bowland in the upper years.

 

Emma, our Finance Officer, attended Roseacre to assist with some their finance queries.  She will be there again at the end of March and again in September to have a look at the process of new starters and applying for nursery funding from the council.

 

Rosie, our Business Support Officer, has been working on the implementation of our new recruitment system which will be implemented this month.

 

Finally we have a few vacancies across the Trust this week:

 

After School Club Supervisor at Roseacre Primary

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/after-school-club-supervisor-blackpool-1578244?preview=1

 

Exam Invigilator at Bowland High

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/exam-invigilator-lancashire-1569100?preview=1

 

Exam Invigilator at Witton Park Academy

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/exam-invigilator-blackburn-with-darwen-1569088?preview=1

 

Casual Cover Teacher at Witton Park Academy

https://www.tes.com/jobs/vacancy/casual-cover-teachers-blackburn-with-darwen-1568678?preview=1

 

If you know anyone that may be interested in any of the roles please forward them the links above.