We hope to create an environment which promotes an independent work ethic and encourages all students to acquire a love of learning. I want students to enjoy their school life and be inspired by their lessons, whilst providing each one of them with an academic challenge that enables them to realise their potential. Alongside this, we are committed to nurturing a supportive community which encourages a sense of social responsibility and personal development for all at New Rickstones.
Statement from Academies Enterprise Trust re consultation on amalgamation 11-03-2015
The consultation on the future arrangements for Maltings and New Rickstones academies
has now concluded. We are very grateful for the engagement and contributions from parents, stakeholders in Witham, and Priti Patel MP, and the breadth of opinions that we
have received from the community. We have now reviewed the feedback and considered a
wide range of options regarding the arrangements.
During the past few weeks both schools have been the subject of a full Ofsted inspection
with New Rickstones rated as 'good.' The outcome of the Maltings inspection in the first week of March is expected to be published later in the month and the decision on the
proposed reorganisation will follow shortly after this is known. Our preferred option
remains to retain both academies as separate secondary schools, and to share support
services in order to optimise the resources that are directly used for teaching and learning.
In this way we believe that we can secure the best possible secondary education for children and young people in Witham.
Ian Comfort, Group Chief Executive Rupert Gather, Chairman