Trust Update

Thames Park Secondary School

This term has seen the progression of many projects within the Trust, the biggest of which is perhaps our Free School project, Thames Park Secondary School. We have received the keys for the temporary accommodation for the School. Refurbishments have begun and will continue despite current conditions. We are pleased to say we have now received planning permission for the construction of a playground and hard surface sports facility at the back of the main building. We have recruited the key members of staff for the school. Mr Kam Bains has been employed as Headteacher and Mr Ben Akande has been recruited as Assistant Headteacher with a focus on Computer Science. As well as these two members of staff, Lead Teachers of English, Maths and Science have also been appointed. Unconditional offers for places at Thames Park were made to pupils on the national offer date and we are likely to be full in September. We hosted an event at the temporary site on the 13th March where parents and pupils were able to see the building and meet with some of the staff. This was very well received by parents and pupils alike.

Summer Projects

Over the summer term, we are due to have a number of building projects take place. We have been given the go ahead for a new all-weather pitch at Thameside Primary School which will provide a much needed outside play space that can be used all year around. We will work with contractors and listen to government advice on what can and cannot take place. As always, the safety of our staff and children will remain the top priority.

School news

Our schools have had many exciting things happen this term:

· East Tilbury Primary School was visited by Ofsted in February and have maintained their rating of ‘Good’. In a quote from Ofsted, inspectors said that “Senior leaders and teachers have created an ambitious curriculum that opens pupils’ eyes to cultures and experiences around them.”

· Mr John Bryant of Arthur Bugler Primary School, has been shortlisted in the National Pearson Teaching Awards in the category of Headteacher of the Year Primary.

· Stanford-le-Hope Primary School received their Silver Diversity Mark Award which was presented by the Mayor, Councillor Terry Piccolo and Councillor Bukky Okunade.

· At Doddinghurst C. of E. Junior School, pupils and staff have worked with Reverend Ann to support the local community by delivering meals and groceries to residents. There has been a lot of positive feedback from members of the community who have greatly benefited from the work that has been done.

· Pupils at Horndon-on-the-Hill C. of E. Primary School have also been participating in charitable work by knitting blankets for the endangered wildlife in the Australian bushfires. There were some wonderful donations to send to Australia.

Re-opening of school provisions

We would like to take this opportunity to confirm we have had no information from the government regarding the reopening of schools. When we do receive the information, we will be taking actions to arrange some kind of transition period so that social distancing can be maintained as much as possible and pupils can adjust back into the learning environment. We would like to reiterate that there is currently no information regarding a return date and when we receive any information we will feed back the actions we are taking.

Building works updates

Works have commenced on a new all-weather pitch at Thameside Primary. These works should be completed in the next 2 to 3 weeks. This will be a wonderful and valuable resource for the children to return to. Good progress is being made on works at the Thames Park Secondary School temporary accommodation. Contractors are able to continue using safe working practices.

Support for the National Health Service

An additional thank you goes to St Clere’s School and Brentwood County High School for their donations of 800 pairs of safety glasses and 300 disposable gloves to NHS frontline staff. In a time where protective equipment is in short supply, we are proud that we have been able to support with this and help to protect NHS staff.

Last but not least

Thank you to all our staff, pupils, parents and governors for their support during these unprecedented times.

Stay at Home, Support the NHS and Save Lives.