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The highlight of this week was my visits to Littleport Primary and Ely St Mary to meet the rising Year 7s. At Littleport I had an hour with each class and was really impressed with their writing and attitude to learning. The teachers and class assistants were also superb and I can't thank them…

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It's been good to make real progress on the 'back of house' work that needs completing  this week. Plans for staff induction and the final versions of the teacher and parent handbooks are complete. Good progress has also been made with music provision after a very positive conversation with…

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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…

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Last week began with an excellent 'meet and greet' event organised by Cllr Clive Webber of the Littleport Parish Council. Jason Wing, Sam Mandley and myself were introduced to a wide range of local, national and global businesses all who have lots to offer the Academy. It's vital, as we grow, that…

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This blog marks the beginning of major work both on site and behind the scenes in the coming weeks and months.

One of my first tasks is to sign contracts for our IT software providers which will support the back-office management of the school and also the academic, behavourial and attendance…

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This week I signed off the final drawings for the Academy meaning that the key fixtures and colours are all approved. Also this week, we submitted our initial setup list for Science, DT and PE so we can be fully stocked and ready to go in September.

I have started planning a staff induction and…

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This week the main event was the Site Open Day which was superb. The team from Morgan Sindall were brilliant, touring a steady stream of visitors into the Academy and fully around the first floor. They showcased the main hall from the balcony, the 'floating' conference room and the standard…

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Progress continues at speed not only with the building itself but behind the scenes. I visited Littleport on Thursday and the building looks so impressive. Now that much of the weatherproof protection has been removed you can see the bright white cladding of the outside walls and see exactly what…

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This week, 82 Year 6 students were offered a place at Littleport and East Cambs Academy. This is a great start and means we can begin to plan our curriculum in more detail in the coming weeks. We have already begun planning for the opening week which we intend to use for team-building, sporting…

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I am very pleased to announce that we successfully recuited an excellent team of teachers for the new Academy this week following two days of interviews. It is a small team but they truly are a multi-talented group and they bring a vast amount of experience, creativity and enthusiasm to…

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It has been another busy week culminating in the final fixtures and fittings meeting on Friday. After some debate and discussion, colours of furniture, walls and floors were agreed, IT systems planned and signage ideas proposed. The full name 'Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy' is proving…

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This week Neale Wade Academy welcomed students from both Littleport primaries for their morning of Science. They arrived at 9.45 and I greeted them in the Main Hall where I showed them a virtual walkthrough of the new school - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POneW-fwcKg - and the company website…

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