It was a busy week at Neale Wade Academy this week as they hosted 400 rising Year 7s for Transition week. Amoung them, the entire cohort for LECA and it was great to see the students once again mixing together, working together and spending breaks and lunch together. They were all taught by Miss Harrison who most of them will study English and Drama with from September. Miss O'Reilly, LECA's music teacher, also taught the group while I circulated and observed them taking part in sports, doing imaginative writing and creating animations using PowerPoint. Running Transition for a school that isn't built yet has been a challenge but we've tried to offer students a wide range of Secondary school experiences and Hilary Copeland - Neale Wade's Transition Co-ordinator - has done a fantastic job for us.

The pop-up uniform shop is the final Transition event of the year on Monday July 17th from 4pm  - 7pm at Neale Wade Academy. At this event, students will be professionally fitted by our uniform provider, Total Clothing, and parents will able to take away their free items of a blazer, sports tops and ties (for the boys) and order further items for delivery. For those people who have attended fittings at the primary schools, your order will be delivered to LECA for collection in early September. We will contact you when they have arrived.

Our recruitment drive for the campus is almost at a close. Next week we will be shortlisting for the recently advertised positions which included Teaching Assistants, Midday Supervisors and Cleaners. As you may imagine, we have had a lot of interest in these and look forward to meeting the successful candidates at the interviews which are taking place the following week. It will be fantastic to finalise the team and start to plan our daily operations.

Over the summer, numerous training sessions will take place for our newly appointed Site Manager and our Campus Business Manager so they have a full and detailed understanding of how the building and grounds operates. This will enable us to create the vital systems and procedures that will keep our students safe and ensure the building is operating as efficiently as possible.

This term's Parent Forum meetings are now over but the Forum will, of course, continue when LECA opens. Many people have views and opinions on how the school should operate and this is the perfect opportunity to air those views and to suggest solutions and new ideas. Do get in touch if you'd like to be part of the Forum, stating your preferred start time so we can find the best fit for everyone.

The final blog for this academic year will be next week but updates and pictures will follow throughout the summer so you can see the progress of the site as it nears completion. 


S Gaskins