I am delighted to say that this week we completed our recruitment of the teaching team with a superb teacher of Maths. Competition was fierce for the position and some tough decisions were made but our successful candidate will be a brilliant addition to the team. Needless to say I can't wait to start working with the teaching team to finalise the curriculum offer. Their induction is after the GCSE exams in late June and this will finish with a tour of the site so they can see their teaching space for the first time.
It was great to meet Norwich City Football Club this week and hear about what they can offer the Academy. I was impressed with the package they can offer which includes theory and practical lessons, after school clubs and coaching in a range of sports. I look forward to finalising this offer in the coming weeks.
This week I have three more key meetings lined up. The first is with a potential business partner for the Academy and I will accompanied by Sam Mandley (Neale Wade Academy) who has a proven track record in forging strong links with business. At Neale Wade, Sam successfully brokered a strong partnership with Smurfit Kappa, Europe's leading corrugated packaging company and one of the leading paper-based packaging companies in the world. I am very hopeful we can do something similar this week.
My second meeting is with CCS, our catering company. This meeting is to decide upon the branding of the cafe / servery which we intend to be modern and appealing to both our students and our visitors. Again, I'm looking forward to finalising these designs which can only enhance the environment for our students.
My final meeting is with Matthew Gunn from Cambridgeshire Music. As a musician myself, I am determined to have music at the heart of our extra-curricular offer. We already have plans for a whole school choir which will be led by Lucy O'Reilly but we also want to offer music and singing lessons, instrument hire and entry into local and national competitions and events. I hope that all students will feel they can get involved in music in some way as it is a great way to broaden friendship groups, meet new people and exercise the brain!
Finally I would like to wish all of rising Year 7s the very best luck with their SATs this week and I look forward to visiting you all when the tests are over.