Dear Parents / Carers
As promised, I am now able to share with you details of who will be taking over the Headship of Holmleigh Park High School from 1 September 2019. I am delighted to announce that Patrick Farmbrough has been appointed.
Mr Farmbrough brings significant school leadership experience and will work with the community to support the school’s improvement journey. He is currently the Vice Principal at the outstanding Westminster Academy in London and has an excellent track record in improving teaching and learning and delivering outcomes for students, both at GCSE and A Level.
Will Smith, CEO of the Greenshaw Learning Trust, has announced: “I am delighted to be welcoming Patrick to the Trust. Patrick brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the school and is fully committed to providing a positive learning environment to allow every student to fulfil their potential now and in the future.”
Mr Farmbrough will be taking over from me on 1 September 2019. I will continue to be closely involved with Holmleigh Park High School, as Greenshaw Learning Trust Director of Education, supporting Mr Farmbrough, the staff and students.
As previously communicated, I look forward to meeting you on Wednesday 12 June, when we will be holding a ‘Meet the Head’ evening at the school from 6.00 – 7.00pm. This will be an opportunity for you to meet with me and discuss any questions you have regarding the strategic direction of the school. Please can I reiterate that I will be unable to answer questions about individual students at that meeting, but would encourage you to continue to contact the school directly, as you have been over the past week.
Mr Farmbrough will be working closely with the school over the coming months and will hold his own ‘Meet the Head’ evening once he is in post in September.
Dear Parents / Carers
Welcome to my first Headteacher’s Bulletin. A number of parents who attended our consultation meetings last term noted that they would like to be kept well informed of developments for Holmleigh Park High School at this exciting time. I am therefore committing to write to you regularly to ensure that you feel fully up to date with what is happening.
It has been a really successful first week of term. We have launched our work to achieve 100% disruption free learning in classrooms. This is having such a positive effect and really enabling children to get on with their learning in lessons. We are also embedding our expectations for extremely high standards for uniform, ensuring students look their very best at all times. I would like to thank you for your support in ensuring your children come to school smartly dressed, in the correct uniform, fully equipped and with a great attitude to learning.
Our tutor time reading programme has started this week. Your children now enjoy guided reading, across a range of high quality and high challenge texts every morning. We anticipate this having a significant, and rapid, effect on literacy levels and vocabulary.
I would like to invite you to a Meet the Head evening on Wednesday 12 June, 6.00pm – 7.00pm, where I will share with you the improvements being made. I will also be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the strategic direction of the school, current policies and future plans, however, please could I request questions are not related to individual children as we are available in school every day to answer these.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support so far, and for welcoming me into your community. I am looking forward to working with you over the coming weeks and months to make Holmleigh Park High School brilliant. Please remember that if you would like to visit at any time to see the work we are doing you are welcome to come for a tour. Every day is an Open Day!
Dear Parents and Carers,
Following the announcement that Mr Bishop will be standing down as Headteacher of Beaufort on 31 May 2019, I would like to confirm that Mr Parnell, Regional Director for the Greenshaw Learning Trust, will be taking up the post of Interim Headteacher from 1 June 2019.
Beaufort Academy is on track to join the Greenshaw Learning Trust on 1 June and at the same time take the new name of Holmleigh Park High School.
Many of you will have met Mr Parnell at the recent consultation meetings. Mr Parnell has significant experience of leading and improving secondary schools in a range of different contexts and will be fully supported by the Greenshaw Learning Trust.
Plans are in place to confirm the permanent Headteacher at what will be Holmleigh Park High School very soon. I will write to you again in due course.
I would like to thank you for your support in this exciting phase of the improvement journey at Beaufort Academy.
Chief Executive Officer
Greenshaw Learning Trust
It has been announced that the Principal of Beaufort Co-operative Academy in Tuffley, Dave Bishop, will step down from this role on 31st May 2019.
Mr Bishop joined Beaufort in September 2012 and during this time has led significant strategic change, guided the school out of Serious Weaknesses and overseen the conversion to academy status. During his time as Principal the academy has grown significantly in both size and popularity in the local region and pupil numbers seem set to continue to rise in the future.
Mr Bishop said:
“It has been an absolute pleasure to have undertaken the role of Principal at Beaufort and a real privilege to be able to work every day with students, staff and parents as well as the wider community. Beaufort is a truly inclusive place to work and I have found everyone involved to be an absolute inspiration. I wish everyone involved with Beaufort and all my colleagues in the local area and across the county the very best for the future.”
Richard Williams, CEO of OUR Multi Academies Trust said:
“I consider David Bishop to be an outstanding leader and one capable of leading schools and academies from any area of the country, whether city, urban or rural, whether they are from areas of social deprivation or from areas of high achievement.
I wish him well as he embarks upon the next phase of his excellent career.”
As you are aware our year 11 students have been sitting their GCSE exams for the last two weeks. Due to a large number of students having completed many of their exams, we have made the decision that from Monday 3rdJune year 11 students need only attend for their exams and planned revision sessions. Please be reminded that for a 9.00am exam students must arrive at 8.30am and wait in the Performing Arts Theatre (no need to attend tutor from 3rdJune 2019) and for a 2.00pm exam students should arrive at 1.30pm.
Students should not be in the academy when they do not have an exam or revision session unless it is by prior arrangement with a member of staff.
From 3rdJune we will be working with The Greenshaw Learning Trust and a new behaviour policy will be implemented across the academy. Whilst this will not impact on year 11 in lessons, they need to be aware that they must be in perfect uniform, which includes the correct shoes, tie and blazer. Also, please note that students will only be able to arrive via the gate onto the front playground. Students must allow additional time for this if they usually come via the back of the school.
There will be a year 11 leavers assembly which will be held the week beginning 24thJune 2019. Students will receive personal invitations to this event once the date has been set. Please note also that Mrs Hammond starts her maternity leave at half term, so will no longer available, we wish her all the very best in the coming weeks.
Thank you as always for your continued support and if you have any questions about any of the above arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact one of the year 11 team.
Clare Hankey Andy Park Emma Lewis
Vice Principal Associate Vice Principal Deputy Head of Year 11
Letter for Calculators
Dear Parent/ Guardian. May 2019
As you will be aware, from June 4th your child will be required to come to school with the correct equipment, this includes a scientific calculator, specifically Casio Fx-83Gt. This is to support your child in their lessons throughout their time at the school.
These calculators can be purchased from the school through SCOpay, and there are two options;
• you can choose to buy a new calculator for £9.99
• or a “nearly new” one for £5.00 (while stocks last)
Please log on to SCOpay and make your chosen selection, once this has been done your child can collect their calculator from the finance office.
Reminder for Year 11 Students
Half Term Revision Sessions
Tuesday 28th May – History – 10 until 2pm in the D block
Wednesday 29th May – Science – 10 until 1pm in the D block
Wednesday 29th May – Media Studies – 1.30 until 3.30pm in the D block
Friday 31st May – Higher Maths (By invitation only – check with your teacher) 10 until 12pm in the D block
As the busy Public Examination season looms I am writing to inform you of some minor, temporary changes to the timings within the Academy day, which have been made in order to comply with Examination Board requirements around the start times of exams.
Please note that the start and end times of the day remain unaltered.
From Monday 13thMay until Friday 24thMay the day will start with Period 1, not Tutor Time. Students should go straight to Period 1 as per their timetable at this time. The times for the rest of the day are described below, with the biggest change being that Tutor Time is moved to immediately after lunch.
8.30 – 9.30a.m
9.30 – 10.30a.m
10.30 – 10.55a.m
10.55 – 11.55a.m
11.55 – 12.55p.m
12.55 – 1.25p.m
1.25 – 1.50p.m
1.50 – 2.55p.m
We are doing this so external examinations can start within the time allocated by exam boards. We were also keen to retain the shorter afternoon, with just one lesson, as students tell us they prefer this. Please can I stress that all students are and will continue to be formally registered at every lesson on our electronic system. Moving Tutor Time does not in any way mean your children will not be registered throughout the day.
Punctuality in the morning is, as you know, a real priority for us. During the time of these changes, with the day starting with a formal lesson, this will remain a real focus and I would ask for your support in ensuring all students are in lessons ready to learn at 8.30a.m.
For some year 11 students, who will be participating in exams, in some cases these exams may go beyond 2.55p.m. If this is the case they will need to make their own arrangements to get home at the end of the day. If this causes any problems please contact the Academy.
Beaufort Academy Name Change
We are excited to announce that the new name, logo and uniform have now been agreed for Beaufort Academy, as it joins The Greenshaw Learning Trust. Please see attached for the information.
Beaufort Academy proposes to join Greenshaw Learning Trust
The Trustees of OUR Cooperative Academy Trust are proposing that Beaufort Academy should join the Greenshaw Learning Trust.
The Trustees, with the local governing body and the school’s leadership, have been carefully considering the school’s future and evaluating its options and have concluded that the best way forward for Beaufort is for the school to become part of the Greenshaw Learning Trust.
Peter Westall, Chair of OUR Cooperative Academy Trust, said:
“The Greenshaw Learning Trust shares our values and commitment to provide the best education for the local community. Greenshaw has proven success improving schools and has the experience and capacity to provide the support Beaufort needs, whilst building on the strengths of the school for the benefit of all our pupils”.
Mike Cooper, Chair of the Greenshaw Learning Trust, said:
“We are delighted that Beaufort wants to join our Trust. As part of the Greenshaw family, close collaboration with like-minded schools facing similar challenges, and quality cost-effective support services will help Beaufort be the local school of choice in which to work and learn.”
The Greenshaw Learning Trust is an established and successful multi academy trust with primary and secondary schools in South London, Berkshire and Gloucestershire.
As an academy in the Greenshaw Learning Trust, Beaufort will maintain its ethos and its place at the heart of its local community, whilst benefitting from quality support services and efficiencies that will ensure the school improves and provides the best start in life to all its students.
Subject to the necessary agreements being reached between OUR, the Greenshaw Learning Trust and the Department for Education, it is expected that Beaufort Academy will join the Greenshaw Learning Trust on 1 June 2019.
There is further information about the proposal here: