As we approach the end of term, I wanted to provide you with my reflections for the first few months of 2017.
Firstly, it was great to read the comments from Ofsted which show the progress we are making as an academy. I know I speak on behalf of the Local Academy Board in praising the efforts of both students and staff in the progress you have made. I am confident that by working together becoming an outstanding school will be part of our future. To achieve this we will need to maintain this level of focus and determination over the coming years.
In January I enjoyed catching up with a group of students and appreciated their honesty and openness on how we can improve the experience at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. I asked about how confident they were that the academy would help them achieve their potential both academically and practically. The session gave some clear direction on what needs to be done to help our students to be more successful and enjoy their time at the academy. I look forward to meeting them again after Easter to review progress.
I was also pleased to hear that we have seen a big increase in our future admissions. This reflects the progress made by the whole academy to be a place that young people want to come to. This important milestone that indicates a solid future for Queen Elizabeth’s Academy.
In summary, we can celebrate good progress on our journey - however, complacency is not an option and we need to continue to make improvements to ensure the best outcomes for our students. My favourite quote at the moment is one from Barack Obama; “Cynicism is a choice, hope is a better choice”. When you read the quote (whether you are a student, parent or staff member) it is worth taking a moment ask yourself ‘are you going to talk about why thing won’t work, or are you going to go out and prove how things can work?’
Chair of Governors