I was appointed to the role of Principal in October 2014 by Staffordshire University Academies Trust, our sponsor. With the support of our students and our committed staff, parents and governors our academy is on an important improvement journey as it enters the next phase of its development.
Following our most recent Ofsted inspection, April 2017, we have continued to make rapid changes within the academy. We have appointed new senior and middle leaders to strengthen the drive and focus on student progress, attendance, behaviour and outcomes; all having been identified areas that still require further improvement. These are areas we remain committed to changing to improve student outcomes.
A detailed Statement of Action is in place to address all of the areas reported upon and support has been provided by our Trust through links to two teaching schools. Our Parents’ Forum is playing an important role in supporting our continued improvement work and two newly elected Parent Governors have also joined our Governing Body (Local Academy Council) to be more involved in our improvement work and the monitoring processes taking place.
I would like to acknowledge the work of our governors who continue to support our improvement journey by working tirelessly as critical friends. Governors are all volunteers and they work hard to support the academy to ensure we are doing all we can do to embed ambition and aspire to be even better year-on-year.
These continue to be exciting times at SUA as the numbers of applications for places at the academy continue to rise; a 50% increase in the number of applications for three years in a row. We have really strong community links and I am enthusiastic about our future. Our vision is to achieve better outcomes for all of our young people by raising standards of progress and attainment, focussing on the core business of learning and teaching.
I hope as many parents and families as possible come and see what we have to offer at our improving academy. I also hope you like the new home page on our new website – launched at the end of September it clearly highlights our continued drive for improvement and shares the work we are doing and the impact this is having.
If you would like to find out more about our academy please feel free to come and visit us during a normal working day. You will see why we are all so determined to help our students be the best they can be; you will see our students hard at work and see staff whom enjoy working to support these ends.