Wow the end of a very busy, productive year! Longspee has experienced a great deal of change since becoming an Academy in September 2013. Developments include, the introduction of a new creative curriculum and significant remodelling to the school building in our efforts to make the best possible provision for all the young people we work with.
We have introduced laptops in classrooms to facilitate the better use of technology and this will be an area we will continue to work on into next year. Our creative curriculum has enabled more pupils to enjoy and learn from off-site learning experiences and staff have been mindful to choose topics which are rich and relevant to the pupils enabling progress in knowledge and skills.
A new era is dawning on schools with the introduction of the new National Curriculum next year and assessing without national curriculum levels. All these Government intiatives keep us on our toes and abreast of the national picture.
We have seen a number of staff come and go across the year. Sadly we will be saying good bye to Ms Tara Quinn who has taught Science and ICT across the school since 1st September 2008. She will be taking up a position at a Secondary School in Dorset teaching Science. We wish her every future success. We say a fond farewell to Mrs Oliver and Miss Andrews. Mrs Oliver has been the teacher of Willow, helping them to produce fantastic work and will be sorely missed. Miss Andrews has been part of the Maple team and has undertaken various different roles and responsibilities as a Teaching Assistant. We wish Miss Andrews every success in her new permanent role. Mr Wallis has a slightly different role here, from September, as it is his turn to look after the childcare whilst his wife returns to work.
We welcome some new faces to our teaching team. Mrs Amy Walton will be working in KS2 and Mr Richard Phillips will be working in a KS3 position following the promotion of Mr Gavin O’Connell who will be Assistant Vice Principal at Longspee Academy from September 2014.
We also have to say good bye to several pupils who will be leaving us this term. Liam, Bradley, Ryan and Michael – we wish you all the best of luck in your new schools and hope you will come back and visit us.
All that remains is for me to say thank you to all the staff at Longspee. The team work tirelessly to provide the best possible education and support for all our young people and we thank you for your hard work and dedication.
Lastly, I would like to say a personal thank you to all parents and carers who have supported the academy this year. I really appreciate how good the working relationship is between home and school and never underestimate just how important our relationship is in working with all our young people.
Wishing you all a very happy Summer break.
Stay safe and we will see you all and a number of new faces at the start of next year.
Mrs Nicki Morton