Newsletter 1 – June 2020
Dear Parent / Carer,
I am writing to introduce myself, as Headteacher of Olive AP Academy – Suffolk. This is the first newsletter I have sent, and will be sending one approximately every six weeks keeping you informed of the latest developments and updates as they arrive from the Trust and in these COVID times from the Department for Education.
Just to confirm my intentions whilst working with and for your children – as Headteacher, my unprecedented focus is on standards of teaching, learning and progress. I firmly believe that education is based on a three-way relationship – home, school and pupil. Working together will support progress and ensure all our pupils achieve to the best of their ability. I have three children of my own, two of secondary school age – so I do know what you are all going through!! That said there are always areas we can improve on whether at home or school.
I had a pupil say to me earlier this week that I shouldn’t treat the pupils at this school like mainstream pupils. I responded by saying so you want to be treated like second rate citizens? The pupil replied “No”. We will treat all the pupils in this Academy in exactly the same way as we would treat any pupil – and I include my own children in this – with respect! Manners, being courteous and kind cost nothing but make such a positive and lasting impression.
We are living in unprecedented times and this does mean, at times we receive conflicting information. The latest being about whether the Academy will be open over the Summer holidays. We haven’t as yet made any decisions but will inform you as and when a decision has been made. What I can say is that our current Year 10 pupils have missed a huge chunk of their Key Stage 4 courses, and at some point they will need to commit to catching up. I have been looking at their curriculum and modifying the offer they will be receiving.
An important notice for all pupils currently in Year 11. We have been offered a significant sum of money to support pupil transition from school to post-16 education and training – Ms Judy Lewis, the Academy careers lead will be in contact with further details. In essence the funding is to ensure all pupils are in employment, education or training once leaving school at 16. I am also aware that Year 11 pupils never got an opportunity to celebrate the end of Year 11 and the completion of their more formal education. Ideas and suggestions would be welcome and considered. Cont. over Executive Headteacher: Annabel Bates Associate Headteacher: Mike Piper Chilton Way, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1SZ T 01449 613931 F 01449 775421 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www. apsuffolk.oliveacademies.org.uk Olive Academies is a company limited by guarantee no. 8747464, registered in England and Wales.
Pupils returning in the future will notice significant differences – The physical appearance of the building has changed for the better, with a complete refurbishment of the East Building and numerous internal changes. Staffing has been firmed up and I am pleased to introduce the Senior Deputy Headteacher – Mrs Mears. She is incredibly keen to promote the learning and engagement of our pupils, regardless of their starting points, and is looking forward to working with all of you. Like me, she is driven by ensuring the pupils are given the best life chances during their time in education.
To register any concerns whether they be attendance, safeguarding, welfare, or just a query – please e-mail the Academy on email@example.com or ring on 01449 613931
My expectation is that queries are responded to within 24 hours – if even just a holding call.
Just a reminder for those of you that have children attending the Academy – we will be closed to pupils on Friday 26 June for a Trust wide training day.
There is much to do in our drive to become an outstanding educational provider, what I do ask is for your support, understanding and a sense or working together to ensure the best possible outcomes for all pupils. If you have any questions, queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me directly via the e-mail or number above.
Mr M. Piper, Headteacher