On Friday 1st February we are joining Chester Diocesan Academies Trust. Leaders, staff and children have already been involved in working with other schools in the Trust and we look forward to being part of a wider family of schools that support us in our vision and aims for education at Astbury. There will be no changes to the day to day running of the school. The educational vision of CDAT is outlined below.
CDAT will seek to be a successful family of schools providing distinctive and loving environments which ensure effective education for all children, through excellent teaching, innovation and the sharing of good practice as schools work together across the Trust. We will:
- build a thriving community of schools with common moral purpose rooted in Christian values and ambition for children, but encouraging each academy to develop in the best way to serve its community;
- provide a culture of healthy dialogue and listening between CDAT and its academies;
- provide mutual support and improvement to develop the practice of all our professional staff so that all can improve;
- empower effective school leaders and local governing bodies to take courageous decisions in the best interest of young people;
- provide systems and services that aim to reduce the administrative burden and support school leaders with the professional management of their academies;
- provide purposeful and supportive early intervention for academies that would benefit from accelerated school improvement.
- CDAT will seek to provide the very best education for every child in its schools so that they succeed and are well prepared to move onto their next phase of education. Our strong Christian ethos will be the foundation of all we do and by guiding and informing the actions of children, staff and governors we will:
- ensure that all children achieve their full potential – making at least the expected level of progress and with many exceeding;
- value and respect children from all faiths and beliefs – and taking into account their beliefs when planning for their learning and the learning of others;
- provide a curriculum that is broad, rich and balanced; focused on developing knowledge and skills; and meeting the needs of each child;
- provide learning opportunities that are inclusive, engaging and challenging for every child;
- create a learning environment within which children are happy and motivated learner;
- support our leaders to be highly effective in leading school improvements;
- support our teachers and support staff to be outstanding practitioners – providing high quality teaching so that every child learns;
- listen to the children and taking their views into account;
- work with parents to enable them to contribute to their children’s learning;
- work with other schools and the wider community to ensure that we maximise on the learning opportunities that they can provide for our children and staff.
Friday 1st February is also the first event of May Day for the year. It is a non-uniform day to raise funds for the May Day raffle and it is the day that the May Queen and retinue will be drawn from the top hat. The ceremony will take place during worship at 2:45pm – you are welcome to come in to school to watch the draw!
Well done to the Y5/6 cross country teams and the Y5/6 indoor athletics team who both competed last week. The cross country race was incredibly gruelling in the fog, cold and damp but all persevered and crossed the finishing line.