Released On 7th May 2021

Letter from Miss E Forward

6 May 2021

Dear Parent

I wanted to take an opportunity to write to you all and express my pleasure at becoming the Headteacher of Stanchester Academy. This is a special place; a place where truly delightful students are taught by passionately dedicated adults.

This letter provides me with the chance to share a little more about myself. I have been in Senior Leadership within Academies for over eight years and hold the title of SLE: Specialist Leader of Education. This means that the quality of children’s education is of paramount importance to me and I will be a Headteacher who continues to hold a teaching position at the Academy. I believe that students are entitled to disruption free learning, that we learn a valuable life lesson when we take responsibility for our actions and that students should feel safe when they come to school. Both the Senior Leadership Team and wider staff community here are 100% committed to this and they work relentlessly hard to ensure your child feels safe and enjoys attending school.

I am really looking forward to the next phase of our school development plan: to enable all students at Stanchester Academy to become ambitious learners who are knowledgeable and literate. Over the next few years, the Trust is investing significantly in the provision at Stanchester Academy starting with Science, English, SEND, Safeguarding and Physical Education. We are also looking to raise the profile of the Performing Arts across the Academy and are delighted to announce we have just received the rights to put on a production of Aladdin in the next academic year.

I have been working at the Academy for just over one year and I could not be more proud of the achievements and potential of our young people. Every day, I am stunned by the abilities and accomplishments of our community. Just one example of this is the two days of ‘Careers and Future Pathways’ planning work with Year 10, coordinated by Mr Mitchell, which we have just completed. Having personally taught and observed several of these sessions, I know the students who participated in this programme left feeling significantly more prepared for their next steps in life. I would like to personally thank him for his hard work on this and for living our vision of developing ambitious learners through this work.

Our Student Leaders will continue to be a key team at Stanchester Academy, and we will be giving a renewed focus to their work this term. One of their first roles will be approving and refining the designs for a Stanchester Academy blazer, which will hopefully be part of the uniform for years 7-10 next academic year (whilst being optional for Year 11). There will be parent consultation on this over the next few weeks for you to share your thoughts and provide us with feedback.

To finish this letter, I want to extend my thanks to an incredible colleague who has led this Academy through a significant proportion of the academic year, ensuring our students were not disadvantaged by remote learning but instead had the opportunity to be highly successful. Ms Grainger has worked relentlessly to ensure the school community is a safe place for your children to be. I am humbled by her commitment to our young people and delighted to say that we will not be losing Ms Grainger as she will be returning to her pivotal role as Director of Education for our Trust over the next few months.

As we move forward on the school’s journey from good to great, I will always seek your feedback. Our Senior Team sends the explicit message that feedback is a gift so please do take the time to share your thoughts, questions and suggestions with me over the coming weeks and months. You can contact me via office@stanchester-academy.co.uk.

Yours sincerely

Miss E Forward

Headteacher