Friday 18 March 2022

Vision and expectations

I am delighted new Principal Sara Wildes arrives on Monday to start her journey with The Bulwell Academy. She will be delivering assemblies to all students on her first day, introducing herself, setting out her vision for the Academy and the expectations moving forward.

She is an expert in the systems and strategies we have put in place over the last year or so in areas such as behaviour and uniform. I am really excited about her contribution as the Academy moves successfully to the next phase in its turnaround.

Ms Wildes will be joined by new Assistant Principal, Michael Lipton. He has a phenomenal track record and, among his responsibilities, he will focus on attendance. It is crucial students attend on time every day to enable us to support them in their learning and improve life chances. I am really excited to have recruited an expert in this field who will make a positive impact.

Mr Lipton also becomes the 25th new member of staff to be appointed since January last year. This demonstrates our determination to improve teaching standards. We have recruited first class professionals who, with the existing team, are doing a fantastic job in turning round the Academy’s performance. Our pastoral team was also boosted this week with the appointment of new RESET Manager, Amy Bexton, who will focus on behaviour and wellbeing.

High quality teaching standards

Further evidence our reputation is improving is provided by the University of Nottingham. It has just done very well in an Ofsted inspection. One of the areas inspectors praised as great practice was the university’s collaboration with the Academy. Its students come here on placement – as do some from Nottingham Trent University – as part of their course. They are experiencing high quality teaching standards in a secondary setting, which can only help their future careers. The link up with both universities is another vote of confidence in what we are achieving here at The Bulwell Academy. We are proud to be helping tomorrow’s good and outstanding practitioners.

Rewarding Achievement

When students do well, it is important they are recognised and rewarded. You may have seen on social media we had the latest in our Fantastic Fridays last week. Well done to all students who were recognised by their Year Managers for their achievements. Their rewards were richly deserved.

To find out when our Fantastic Fridays are, check out our colour-coded Term Dates calendar.

Next Steps

It is an important time of year for students, particularly at the top end of the Academy, to be thinking about their next steps.

The Spring issue of Decisionz ‘careers’ e-zine has just been published. It is jam-packed with top tips, careers advice, local opportunities and a free revision timetable. It can be accessed here:

Supporting Red Nose Day

Finally, it is #RedNoseDay today in aid of Comic Relief. Thank you to everybody for the contributions made by our school community to a fantastic cause.

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