As we come to the end of the my first term as the Executive Principal of Neale-Wade Academy, Burrowmoor Primary School and Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy I would like to reflect on the work that has taken place at across the three schools.
Firstly I wish to recognise the superb leadership that has been displayed by the Heads of School; Mr Welling (Neale-Wade), Ms Jackson (Burrowmoor) and Mr Gaskins (Littleport and East Cambs) have all been relentless in the desire to enable all children make the very best of the opportunities that they are provide with on a daily basis. There is some excellent work taking place across and between the schools and this can only help to enrich the experiences of the pupils within each school.
Neale-Wade continues to be a good school and is striving to be outstanding. Lesson observations highlight the strength of teaching within lessons and the highly supportive pastoral care that takes place on a daily basis. Extra-curricular opportunities are wide ranging and the PE Faculty continue to provide competitive outlets for all students including a very successful inter-form competition. It is good to see that the Latin Club is strengthening and that the Chess Club has been re-established. Our careers advice, linked to our clear curriculum pathways, continue to be a real strength and the Neale-Wade approach will be mirrored across Fenland and East Cambridgeshire through our on-going work with DfE and the Opportunity Area working party.
Our Year 11 students have bought into the revision sessions that take place on a daily basis and I am cautiously optimistic that we will see some very solid GCSE results in 2018. Internal assessment data from the recent tranche of examinations suggest that things are moving in the right direction and I am grateful to both parents and staff for supporting our students to enable them to make good progress.
The alumni of Neale-Wade continues to grow and gather momentum and we were very honoured to have Dominic Mohan, former editor of The Sun newspaper and alumnus of the school, as our guest of honour at our annual Awards Evening. This is an area where we are keen to develop further as we know that our students reasoned well to hearing of the experiences of other local people who have gone on to great success. I firmly believe that the children of March and the local villages have the talent and skills to achieve at the very highest levels.
Burrowmoor Primary School is flourishing under the leadership of Ms Jackson (Head of School) and there are some very exciting curriculum changes in the pipeline that will enable the good practice in the Early Years Phase diffuse into other year groups. I have been impressed with the standard of teaching across the school and I have enjoyed formally recognising the strength of teaching with individual teachers. I look forward to building on this professionalism in the coming months as the school aspires to a strong set of results at KS1 and KS2 in conjunction with strong child centric care that is already in place. During my weekly visits to the school I meet incredibly polite and happy children who are working hard alongside their teachers.
Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy (LECA) opened in September with a cohort of 85 Year 7 students and it was a pleasure and an honour to open the new school. The standard of teaching across the school is incredibly high as is the work ethic and commitment of the children. Mr Gaskins (Head of School) and his team are creating a culture of respect and a growth mind-set where anything is possible along with exceptionally high expectations and aspirations. LECA has participated in a full programme of extracurricular activities ranging from sports, art and music to learning Japanese. Internal assessment data indicates that all of the students are making at least good progress with many making huge strides with their education in a culture of relentless pursuit of excellence.
Finally I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.