MET Matters March 2018

From the CEO

I am pleased to be writing this short newsletter about our Trust’s work over the past term. As you can gather from this, it has been a very busy one. Most of my time has been spent at Witchford Village College where I am currently Interim Principal (in addition to CEO). We are rapidly moving the school forwards and the ‘green shoots of recovery’ were noted in a review conducted on behalf of the Local Authority. There is news on the appointment of Principal below.

Elsewhere we are pleased to be making progress with The Cavendish School, the special free school for children with autism that is planned to open on the site at Impington prospectively in September 2020. Recent site surveys have broken the soil for the first time; something we were delighted to witness and plug on social media! There is an important meeting with the DfE on 12 April and our brief for the actual building is taking shape nicely.

Robert Campbell
Chief Executive Officer
Morris Education Trust

 

News and updates

Witchford Village College (WVC)

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a new Principal, Dan Baxby who will be starting at WVC on 25 June 2018. Dan is currently Vice-Principal at Wrenn Academy, Wellingborough and he will be joining the college at an exciting time in its development as it looks to introduce a new curriculum and vertical tutoring for September 2018.

Dan said ‘I am looking forward immensely to taking up the role of Principal at Witchford Village College. It was extremely clear to me during the very short time that I spent talking to the students and staff, that the College has huge potential for the future and that everyone is excited for the journey ahead. I also look forward to engaging with all members of the school community, inviting all stakeholders to plan and deliver the success and opportunities that all of our young people deserve.’

Impington Village College (IVC)

Impington Village College has been recognised nationally for its excellent exam results in 2017 (top 5% of schools in DfE league tables) based on data from the Department for Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers network). Impington Village College was found to be among the best performing secondary schools in the country, receiving two awards for being in the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally for attainment and progress.

IVC remains committed to providing a wider education for its students and not just focusing on exam results. For September 2018, IVC are launching a new, timetabled enrichment programme, ‘iCAS’ or Impington Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), which all students will participate in on a Wednesday afternoon. This will provide their students with the chance to try out new and exciting opportunities, offered by IVC staff. The programme is based heavily on the CAS component of the International Baccalaureate and means that all students will engage in a number of exciting options over the course of a year. Current ‘Creativity’ choices include pottery, weaving, LAMDA, calligraphy, dress making, photography, rapping, song writing, illustration and numerous other activities offered by our Arts specialist staff. This provision is just one of the things that makes the experience at IVC a totally unique one!

MET Living

We are really pleased to announce that the Adult Learning programme from September 2018 will be a joint offering for the first time across both Witchford and Impington Colleges. The staff at both colleges have worked closely together to ensure that the needs of both communities are being met by the programme. One benefit of being part of a trust is sharing the load whilst also expanding the offering and we hope both communities will benefit from this change.

The Sports Centres have both had a busy start to the year. New classes and timetables have started to be introduced at WVC and we are continuing to look at new developments which we hope will make it easier for customers to book facilities and activities at either centre. More to follow on that in the summer!

Data Protection

As the implementation date for the GDPR approaches on 25 May we are continuing to review and update our procedures and systems to ensure that we will be compliant with the new regulations. If you have any questions about this then please contact us via email on DPO@tmet.org.uk.

Morris Teaching School Alliance (MTSA)

We are delighted to report that the MTSA is expanding its reach and influence and we welcome Rackham Primary School and Waterbeach Community Primary School as strategic partners. We also have a reciprocal partnership with Fenland TSA.

We are working in partnership with other Teaching Schools as part of the Nucleus Network (MTSA, CASSA, Anglian Gateway, Fenland TSA and Lark TSA) and putting together an exciting portfolio of Continuing Professional Development courses for teachers that will be delivered from September 2018.

We are also working with the Research School Network, through Littleport and East Cambs Academy, to inject evidence based practice into teaching.

Staff Wellbeing

Across the Trust there is a continued focus on the physical and mental wellbeing of our staff. We want to ensure that all employees of the Trust feel that they are valued. Both schools have Staff Wellbeing groups and these are starting to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of school staff. They organise a variety of events from coffee mornings, giving staff a chance to chat and catch up, to staff lunchtime classes (including a choir and ballroom dancing) to supporting each other to start running and complete a 5k or half marathon. By promoting workplace wellbeing we hope that our staff with create a caring community that support each other and work together as a team, which also will enhance the experience of our students.

If you have information to share with the Morris Education Trust please get in touch with Amanda Hartwright, Business Support Manager on ahartwright@tmet.org.uk