"Like to say a huge thank you to everyone for all their hard work."
"We are grateful for all the measures put in place and the support has been second to none."
"Home learning was clear and easy to follow, topical and expanded on learning to further capture imagination."
"School did amazing with all help through lockdown and gave me massive confidence that all safety measures were put in place for my child to go back."
"Brilliant communication and fantastic support on a daily basis from."
"Please keep up the fab work these are unprecedented times we live in and I think you have done more than enough for the children and young people plus and their families."
"I felt fully informed at all times during Lockdown, by phone calls, messages etc. My worries, concerns about sending my child back to school were answered and I felt happy overall."
"Felt really supported by the school during lock down with weekly phone calls"
"I felt the school was helpful and supportive during the pandemic and considered me and my child's needs and wellbeing constantly."
"School went well above their requirements during lock down. We never felt as if we were on our own, we always knew we could contact someone if needed. All the staff have been amazing during a very difficult time."
"Excellent support from staff. Thank you"
"Thank you .... you're all doing an amazing job"
"Whilst not ideal, you are working hard to keep the children safe and in a stable routine. Thank you."
"Thank you for the updates and the way you keep our children and staff safe."
"Hope you are keeping yourself safe too."
"Well done! Very challenging times for everyone and I think you’re doing great considering no one knows how to deal with this new horrible virus"

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CEO Briefing June 2016

Welcome back after (what I hope was) a relaxing and fun-filled spring bank break! I’m really pleased to report that the 3 schools converted on 1st June 2016 as scheduled, so Nexus Multi Academy Trust is now up and running. The Trust website is now set up, (Website), where more information about the Trust can be accessed.

Loads has happened since my last briefing, though I think I can safely say that the most significant event was the Abbey Ofsted inspection on 24th and 25th May, where the school was not only removed from special measures, but was judged to be Good across the board. It came as no surprise, but it was thrilling—and quite moving—to be sat in the feedback meeting hearing how impressed the senior HMI was with the hard work Luci and the team have done under the guidance of the Interim Executive Board.

Words from the lips of the Inspectors included: "significant shift in morale"; "strong inspirational leadership"; "Unwavering high expectations"; "We've had some fun in classrooms - don't they look great"; "Teaching here has come SO far in such a short time"; "Wonderful engagement, offering pupils elements of choice"; "A safe place to make mistakes"; "Good across the board". To move directly from special measures to become a Good school is very special indeed and a rare happening: what a wonderful asset to have in Nexus from day 1.

In other news, on the evening of 17th May I was thrilled to be invited to attend a dramatization of the “The Tempest” at Maltby’s Wesley Centre, where a fusion of pre- recorded and live acting by pupils at Hilltop and Kelford Schools really did bring life to this year’s Shakespeare Festival. Open Minds Theatre Group have worked with Amanda France (Hilltop), Steve Barton (Kelford) and their teams to ensure that our children and young people felt confident to participate and they were incredibly engaging in their production. Shakespeare can so often be confusing and difficult to access for many of us: this production of The Tempest was enthralling and most of all: fun!

Finally, on 18th May 2016, a cohort of 15 school leaders undertaking the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) visited Kelford School, as part of their “closing the gap” module. The group spent a full day walking around school, observing practice and seeing how our children and young people learn and develop. The feedback they provided was incredibly positive, with the group stating it was a “privilege” to spend time with us. A huge well done to Jacky and the team, and a big thank you to Sarah Mulhall who coordinated and facilitated the visit.

Well, that’s it for this month. If there are any questions or queries you have and want to ask me directly—or if there are things you think it would be helpful to include in this monthly briefing— please don’t hesitate to contact me at ceo@nexusmat.org.

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