I hope everyone had a good half term. Here we are with six weeks remaining until the end of term and a lot has happened since my last blog.

First of all we had Ofsted on Tuesday and you will be pleased to know that we have been told we have passed with no issues. This was the last barrier from the DfE we needed to pass before opening and is a great endorsement of the work a whole team of people have put in over the past few months.

As part of the visit we toured the site which continues to progress. The exterior scaffolding has been removed and all of the large deliveries brought to the building so they will now seal up the side of the site. The first and second floors had been screeded and we were seeing carpet tiles being brought in to complete some of the ground floor rooms. Finally we saw the huge job of plastering the main hall had been completed. More photos are available in the gallery.

Away from the site we continue to employ staff. We have employed our site manager, one of our Literacy for Life teachers had dropped out but we have appointed her replacement and we have interviews for Learning Support and Catering posts next week.

Other progress includes meeting with companies providing the cashless catering service, getting our management information system up and running, completing our accessibility plans, working with a company to provide risk assessments for trips and working on our curriculum and training plans. We also had our SENCO, Miss Martin meeting parents to ensure we are ready to support come September.

Next week sees more interviews, appeals and time spent planning our recruitment for students starting in September 2020.

I wish you all a good weekend.

Kind regards

George Faux