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Our primary aim is to ensure that all
students fulfil their potential, but I am aware that they have a great deal to
learn and much to enjoy in all that they do beyond their formal lessons. We
therefore look to provide a wide range of sporting, cultural and adventurous
activities for students to participate in, through which they can learn to work
co-operatively and develop their leadership skills.
My responsibility is to ensure that we fulfil our aims and build on our achievements to enable current and future students from New Rickstones Academy to be well prepared for the challenges of life in the 21st century.
It was a great honour for me to be appointed as Executive Principal of the two superb academies in Witham, one graded as good and the other outstanding by OFSTED in 2015.
Both are progressing at a pace to further improve the academic outcomes for all children and I know we will see some excellent results year on year.
However, for me, school is about so much more than just academia: it is about the happiness of both staff and students, mutual respect and a safe, caring environment.
Under the leadership of Damian Lee at New Rickstones Academy, I believe we have created a real choice for parents and their children which rivals anything in Essex.
Please visit us at anytime and have a look at the work we are doing on a daily basis.
The AET Board has agreed
(i) New Rickstones Academy and Maltings Academy will remain as separate entities each with their own Department for Education (“DfE”) number, admissions policy and funding agreement;
(ii) the support services for functional areas such as finance, facilities, HR and IT are brought together into a single shared service;
(iii) the leadership teams are restructured to create a single leadership team responsible for both academies;
(iv) a new single local governing body is established with representatives from the two existing local governing bodies;
(vi) a shared sixth form will be fully operational from 1 September 2016, with a phased introduction starting from September 2015; and
(vii) a task group is established comprising representatives from both local governing bodies. The task group to take responsibility immediately with delegated authority from the Board and its local governing bodies to drive forward and implement the changes.