As the final term starts, we are begin to look forward to welcoming our next intake of students to bring us up to our capacity of 600. Transition work is already beginning with visits to primary schools all around Ely and Littleport and we await the Prime Minister's update about the roadmap to see if we can offer a live transition evening. If the news is good, we will writing to Year 6 parents and inviting them and their children to LECA later in the term. If we can't do this, we will run a live virtual event which parents will be able to log into and hear about the school directly from myself and my leadership team.

With the Academy moving to full capacity, the leadership of the school is also evolving. Some parents will remember Mr Wing operating as Executive Head before he retired from teaching last January, and this model will be re-instated this term ready for the new academic year with myself returning to the post of Head of School. Craig D'Cunha, Executive Head at Chantry Academy, part of the ALT, will also extend his role to LECA and will be supporting myself and my leadership team as we drive the school forward and prepare for our long-awaited Ofsted inspection and our first set of Year 11 results. We welcome the support and expertise Craig will bring and I very much look forward to working with him.

This half term we launched our reporting@lecacademy.org email address, set up to allow students, parents and members of our community to report any concern they have directly to us. This can include anti-social behaviour, bullying, safeguarding or any other concern people may have and it has already helped us to identify several issues which we have now resolved. As a community we need to work together to stamp out behaviour that adversely affects our lives and if we use this simple platform  we will be able to address issues as they arise and before they escalate. This was highlighted by the latest report from Ofsted which I wrote home to parents about on Thursday. I thank the people who have raised concerns to us so far and I encourage people to get in touch with us using this simple but effective method.

I'd like to thank the staff at LECA who are working so hard in their contribution to the school this term. We are asking a lot of them and they always go above and beyond their duty. This week, they have invigilated Year 10 mock exams and ensured the week has gone extremely smoothly. Special thanks also go to Bev Vasey, our brilliant exams officer, who is the definition of a swan when the pressure is on and the workload is intense!  

Finally a massive well done to Year 10 who have worked hard in their exams this week, especially in the high temperatures we have experienced. There is never a good time to sit exams but these results will help us shape our teaching and our support over the next few months and in the countdown to the real thing. Well done to all of you and remember that these results do not define you; it's how you react to it that does.

 

Scott Gaskins

Head of School, LECA