Ellis Guilford recruits new head and three SLT members to bring significant change to the school

Head Teacher Chris Keen has taken up the headship at Ellis Guilford School from this month. He joins the school, which is part of The Creative Education Trust, alongside three new members of the Senior

Leadership Team, all of whom have a proven track record of improving grades and behaviour in their respective subjects. He commented: “I’m excited about the opportunity that I have been given by the Trust and I am looking forward

to working with the staff, pupils and parents to continue Ellis Guilford’s journey. “I want to integrate the school into the community, I believe that being a valuable part of the local area is a vital

part of helping schools to improve. “I believe in developing careers not just grades so we will be focusing on guiding students through school into

higher education. With the help of the new SLT we can foster a culture of respect and ambition and ensure we have a fantastic year through 2020 / 2021 with results to reflect that next summer.” Supporting Mr Keen on his exciting journey to make Ellis Guilford the first choice high school for all young people

in Nottingham is Fiona Aris, who joins as new Senior Vice Principal, the newly appointed Associate Principal Claudio Gissendorf and new Vice Principal David Fugill.

Third of local areas face secondary school places running out within five years

Up to a third of local areas in England risk being oversubscribed for secondary school places within five years leaving almost 80,000 young people and their families at risk of missing out on a place, new analysis by the Local Government Association reveals today. With two-thirds of secondary

schools now academies, the LGA said councils need powers to tackle the looming places crisis by having the power to open more secondary schools or direct academies to expand to meet demand. As children and young people return to school following the coronavirus

lockdown, the LGA’s annual school places analysis reveals that failure to create more secondary places will mean 11 council areas will face a secondary school place shortfall in 2021/22. This is expected to increase to 28 in 2022/23; 45 in 2023/24; and 49 in

2024/25. By 2025/26, a total of 50 council areas face not being about to meet

demand for 77,085 places. The LGA, which represents councils across England, is calling for the

Government to use the forthcoming Spending Review to hand councils back the power to open new maintained schools where that is the local preference. It said councils should also have the same powers to direct free schools and academies to expand to meet any demand. This would allow councils to meet growing demand for places, meet their

legal duty to ensure every child has a school place and cope with a surge in primary school pupils moving through the system. Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board,

said: “Councils have an excellent track record of fulfilling their legal duty to ensure every child has a school place available to them and want to work with the Government to meet the challenges currently facing the education system. “It continues to make no sense for councils to be given the responsibility to

plan for school places but then not be allowed to be open schools themselves. “Councils do not want any families to have to face uncertainty over

securing their child’s secondary school. But with the number of pupils is growing at a far faster rate than the number of places available and councils need to be given the powers to help solve this crisis.” 10

Maritime Academy Trust welcomes Barnsole Primary, Danecourt School and Bligh Primary to its network of schools

Its ‘all systems go’ in Gillingham and Rochester this week as Barnsole Primary, Danecourt School and Bligh Primary welcome this year’s new cohort of children and existing pupils back into the fold. The schools – formerly part of the Barnsole Primary Trust – will start their Sept 2020 term as new members of the Maritime Academy Trust an organisation with a strong track record in teaching and learning headed up by National Leader of Education and CEO, Nick Osborne. The merger - approved in the

summer by the DfE and Regional Schools Commissioner for South London and the South East, Claire Burton - will see Maritime’s network grow to 13 member schools spanning Medway, Kent, Bexley and Greenwich. Targets are set high with a support in place to drive up SATs results and to

improve teaching and learning outcomes. The support includes providing a mentor for each Head of School, leadership training for middle leaders including subject leaders, middle managers, heads of department and curriculum co-ordinators, as well as increased continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers. Class teachers will also benefit from week- long teaching and learning exchanges designed to improve lesson planning and a new behaviour management plan to create positive teaching and learning environments during lesson times. Focus will also be given to maximising the expertise of staff teams

from across the whole Trust, the sharing of best practice, resources and lesson plans. Commenting on the merger, Nick Osborne, CEO, said, “For Maritime this

is an excellent opportunity to deepen our collaboration across schools in our local area. For our Featherby Infant and Junior Schools in Gillingham, this merger has created a natural hub for them to work with, with the Medway and Kent schools all located very close together. “Danecourt School is a strong special school which creates an opportunity

for all our Maritime schools to be supported and challenged to ensure our SEN offer is as strong as possible for every child with SEN. “A merger of our administrative teams also provides an opportunity to

strengthen our central team offer across HR, finance and estates.”

September 2020

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