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Respect, Resourcefulness, Resilience, Reflectiveness
Parentmail confirmation of places sent out w/e 21/7/17 Final details letter to be sent out to attendees 7/9/17
Please ensure children come to school with their NMR sweatshirts/cardigans
I would like to welcome those of you who are familiar with the School and of course those of you who are joining us for the first time this term. My name is Mrs Brown and I am very proud and feel privileged to be Headteacher of such a great school.
At Nine Mile Ride Primary School we take pride in developing outstanding teaching and learning by holding the highest expectations of all our pupils and knowing the pupils well. We challenge all pupils to strive for academic, creative, emotional, sporting and personal accomplishment within a broad, vibrant and enriched curriculum. Our vision is for all pupils to leave Nine Mile Ride Primary as independent learners with the knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes that make them ready for being responsible citizens of the 21st century.
Our values of being respectful, resilient, resourceful and reflective will enable pupils to develop a personal ethic and a moral attitude that will positively affect behaviour and equip them with the skills needed for successful lives both now and in the future and contribute positively to society.
We celebrate growth mind sets and promote learning power skills to ensure that pupils are capable of doing new things, being creative and inventive and are not frightened to make mistakes. We encourage pupils to take ownership of and responsibility for their learning and decisions, so they have the confidence and curiosity to ask questions, solve problems and communicate well.
In order to create an inclusive school where everyone can shine, we promote an ethos where we believe in all our pupils, where challenge is valued and celebrated – both within school and the wider world. Special care is taken to build respectful relationships and educate everyone at Nine Mile Ride about the needs of others and how best to meet them. We foster open and honest communication with parents, carers and specialists and actively seek to engage with all members of the Nine Mile Ride community in a positive and supportive manner.
Preparing pupils to thrive in this ever changing world relies on parents as educators too and it is our aim to continue to work with you so that pupils leave Nine Mile Ride Primary ready and fully equipped for the next stage in their journey through life.
As we have previously mentioned in newsletters the Governing Body has been exploring the opportunity for Nine Mile Ride to convert to an Academy. The option of academisation has been open to all schools for some considerable time and we believe it the right moment for us to take this step.
No doubt you are aware that some schools have already converted to be standalone academies in the local area. Nine Mile Ride Primary School is keen to work in partnership with other local schools and we are proposing joining with St Crispin’s School as the founder schools in the creation of an all-through Multi Academy Trust (MAT). Both our schools are rated as Good by Ofsted with outstanding leadership and management which gives us a strong foundation. The founding principle of our partnership is focused on setting structures to provide the very best educational opportunities and outcomes for all pupils by drawing on expertise across the educational phases. A key principle of this Trust will be to allow both schools and any future schools who join to retain and celebrate their own unique identity and ethos. There is no current intention to exercise the freedoms offered to Academies such as altering timing or patterns of school holidays, nor will there be any substantial change regarding the admission arrangement of either school. In both schools the establishment of the MAT will allow us to continue our pursuit of excellence whilst protecting us from the worst effects of austerity.
As part of the decision making process, both Governing Bodies undertook a full consultation with their stakeholders in order to take their views into account. The consultation took place from 6th March 2017 and concluded on 31st March 2017.
We have prepared a frequently asked questions page, which explains about the practical and legal changes. You can also see the presentation that was given in the open meeting on Tuesday 21st March at 7pm as well as a summary of the questions and answers that arose during the consultation, including those raised at the open meeting.
Further general information on Academies provided by the DfE can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/types-of-school/academies
What happens next?
We are now working with the DfE and Wokingham Borough Council on the steps needed to make the conversion to an academy. We will keep you updated as we gain greater clarity on the timeline for conversion as we are dependent on others for this.
We feel it is important to emphasise the distinctiveness of the Multi Academy Trust proposal. It is underpinned by a commitment to work for the good of all the schools, to ensure that none are left in a vulnerable position and our individual identity, characteristics and ethos are maintained and strengthened.
Furthermore, our schools will maintain their commitment to working with others within and beyond our local area for the benefit of all concerned. The freedoms that Academy status will bring would be major factors in enabling our schools to continue to provide the best possible education for our young people and to serve our wider local community.
Andrew Beckett Ali Brown
Chair of Governors Headteacher