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CEO December 2017 Update


Teaching School Update

The joint Olympus Academy Trust and Castle School Education Trust Teaching School, with Bradley Stoke Community School as the named lead school, will be known as the North Avon Teaching School Alliance. A presentation and animation are available here to provide background and overview and we are recruiting now for the first roles to lead and support the Teaching School. This is an exciting time for us.

Update about Winterbourne International Academy

I had hoped to be able to confirm that the Department for Education had created the conditions for Winterbourne to join Olympus on 1st February 2018 but, at the time of writing, this decision is still awaiting ministerial approval and may have to wait until the start of January to be signed off which is frustrating but we are almost there!

Ofsted and External Reviews

We have had 2 Ofsted inspections and 3 reviews by Education Advisors from the Department for Education in the last 2 months or so. We also had a visit from the Regional Schools Commissioner and the Regional Director for Ofsted for the South West in late November so we feel we have had our share of external scrutiny for now! You can read the Ofsted reports for Meadowbrook here and Charborough Road here. There are likely to be more reviews and inspections as we head into 2018. The scrutiny and challenge has focused on school-led activity and support from the Trust and there has been positive feedback alongside significant learning through the experiences. For the Trust, there is a strong focus on providing bespoke support for each school, matched to its needs, to enable us to support improvements in student achievement.

Change of Leadership

Jon Barr is leaving his post as Headteacher of Meadowbrook Primary School at the end of this term and I would like to place on record my thanks to him for his leadership and partnership work within OAT since Meadowbrook joined at the start of 2015. We wish him well in the next stage of his career. Sharon Bishop will take over as Interim Headteacher for the remainder of the academic year.

Christmas Care

The Olympus Academy Trust will make donations of £1,000 to 2 charities this year instead of purchasing Christmas gifts: Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal and Off the Record (a charity that supports teenagers with mental health issues and is providing support in some of our secondary schools at present).

I hope you will want to join me in thanking all staff members for ongoing and dedicated support for all the young people who are associated with our Trust. I would also like to thank you for your continued support. I hope you have a restful break and will look forward to working with you again in 2018.

With best wishes,


 Dave Baker

CEO, The Olympus Academy Trust

@MrDaveBaker         @olympustrust