Annual Directors' Report
Chair’s Statement to the Annual General Meeting of the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust.
Over the past 12 months we have continued to monitor improvements in each Academy through our Standards and our Quality Assurance sub-committees. The appointment, by the Trust, of Assistant Head Teachers to lead in Maths and English and work across all three Academies has led to uniformed structure in teaching and learning in both these subjects. This has also allowed the Trust to provide enhanced support, where it is needed.
Christ the King Catholic Academy has shown a continued and sustained improvement in the number of pupils achieving a Good Level of Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Key Stage 2 SAT results were in line with national average in Reading and Writing they were well above in Maths. This is a good result especially considering the unusually high number of Pupil Premium children in the cohort.
St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy has also shown a continued and sustained improvement in the number of pupils achieving a Good Level of Development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Although the SAT results for Writing were good the results for Reading and Maths were disappointing. Enhanced support is being provided to the Academy by the Trust’s Leaders in Maths and English. Mrs Sarah Smith, who is an experienced and highly successful Head Teacher, has been appointed as Acting Executive Head Teacher across both Primary Academies. Mrs Smith worked closely with Mr Kennedy on a wide range of policy and curriculum matters as they sought to adopt the very best practice from the two academies. Hence, she is extremely well placed to take St. Cuthbert’s forward as many policies, procedures and large parts of the curriculum are identical in both academies. The Directors will be giving further consideration to the long term leadership of the Academy at our meeting on 22nd February.
St. Marys GCSE and A Level results were good and the final progress 8 score was 0.08. Maths saw a noticeable improvement in the percentage of pupils attaining A*-C. This is a good result considering the intake on arrival was below average.
Directors continue to monitor the Trusts finances and our finance strategy for the next 3 years, enables the Trust to continue to maintain the staffing establishment across the Academies.
In summary I believe we continue to make progress but there is still much to do especially around the improvements need at St. Cuthbert’s and our focus will be on this over current academic year.
Chair of the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust Board
7th December 2016