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CEO Termly Message

Dear All,

I was reminded in an end-of-term assembly of something very odd about the Christmas term: it seems to go on forever but when it is finished it seems so have gone in a flash! It starts at the end of summer and the weather is kind but as we plough through to then end the weather seems to reflect our energy levels! But we end with the joyous news of Christmas ringing all around us.

We have welcomed several colleagues into the team or seen them take on new roles since September. Mrs Kate Reid joined the trust as Principal of Polam Hall School, Mr Kieran Scanlon became Principal of Sir Robert Woodard Academy, Mr Peter Midwinter became the trust’s Executive Consultant and Mrs Maria Roberts joined our central trust team as School Improvement Leader for the southern academies. We are delighted to have them working with us and they have all bought drive and professional excellence to their roles. I could not be more delighted with their contribution to Woodard Academies Trust.

I would also like to say thank you to all staff, students, parents and other people who have made such a contribution to the Christmas events in our academies. There are too many to mention individually but I have had a huge amount of feedback from people who have enjoyed the experiences.

We said goodbye to our longest-serving trustee this term, Mr Bill Harvey. We have extended our thanks to him already but Bill served the trust with distinction, particularly as link trustee to the Littlehampton Academy, and we will miss him greatly. His calm manner and insightful comments always helped drive us forward. Bill has an even longer association with the broader Woodard family and we know this will continue long into the future.

We now begin to take a well-earned rest but also start to look forward to 2018. But before we take that step we have the wonderful festival of Christmas to celebrate. I was reminded at a Christmas assembly that one of the main themes of Christmas is peace. I think we all have an increasing desire for peace as we look around our country and our world. This drew me to the words of the angels as they appeared to the shepherds at the first Christmas to tell them of Jesus’ birth:

“Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

I pray that you all have a very happy, holy and peaceful Christmas.

Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy
Chief Education Officer