What a year it has been! My last letter saw us in the middle of the COVID crisis and while it still remains a concern for us all we do appear to be moving to a better place thanks to the vaccination programme and measures we have implemented. While this is something that will be around for some time to come we appear to be moving in the right direction and can only hope that the governments roadmap is a reality as planned. Certainly the track and trace practice and children having to isolate is something we would all like to see as part of the past and not our future moving forward.
At both Boorley and Wildern staff, parents and students have worked together to ensure life in schools is as normal as it can be. Year R and Year one continue to play and learn together with the same enthusiasm and energy as ever, it is a joy to experience and trust me on a low day is the best therapy any one could have. At Wildern the students have managed well in the new world of year zones which we have all found frustrating and restrictive but well done to all of them for supporting this regime, let us hope that these can be removed as we move forward, fingers crossed the guidance will support that. The intermingling of all year groups together is such an important part of secondary school life and we have all missed it.
Deer Park is progressing well and will be officially handed to us on the 12th July. During the summer the ICT and loose furniture will be installed ready for our first cohort of year 7 in September. This is an exciting time for the Trust but also the community where we are able at long last to offer the youngsters in our catchment a place at two great secondary schools. While road and housing developments will continue around us the school is fantastic and like Wildern and Boorley will offer a great education for our children built on the principles of Care, Opportunity and Quality.
My role as the Executive Head continues across all three schools although in the interim I will be the Headteacher at Deer Park until we appoint a permanent Headteacher within the first year. I have a fabulous team of colleagues at the school which includes three senior leaders Mr Jones Deputy Head, Mr Hastings and Mrs Dixon Assistant Headteacher, all of whom I have worked with before. During this time I will still visit Boorley as I do now and divide my time between Deer Park and Wildern, the proximity of both schools lends itself to that nicely. My role of working with both Mrs Oakley and Mrs Sillars remains the same, I am very fortunate to work with such amazing leaders. My thanks must also go to all our volunteers who supported the student testing when we returned after lockdown. This was a huge undertaking with such large numbers of students and staff, all those who supported this were incredible in guiding the students and staff through this process.
The last 18 months I know has tested us all. We will have learnt about each other and indeed ourselves and I am sure found an inner strength we did not know we had. In my final letter to you this year thank you all for your unfailing support, patients and understanding. Wishing you all hopefully some form of break over the summer and I look forward to working with you all again from September.
Miss M L Litton