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Watling Academy opened with a flourish on Monday 7th September welcoming new students through the gates for the first time. The Chair of Governors, Mrs M O’Brien and Governor, Mrs R Edwards were present for a ribbon cutting to mark the occasion along with representatives of an enthusiastic student body, Mr Bacon, Head of School, Mrs Barford, Deputy Headteacher and Andy Squires, CEO of the Denbigh Alliance Multi Academy Trust.
Opening a new school is an exciting challenge and the first week was a joy with staff and students getting to know one another and settling into their temporary surroundings at Fairfield’s Primary. Mr Bacon said “We have been delighted with the exceptional behaviour of students who all look so smart in their new uniforms and have arrived as the first cohort of Watling with a ‘ready to learn’ attitude”.
Andy Squires, CEO added “This is an important step in the Watling Academy journey and has involved three years of hard work from when the initial concept and vision began. It is wonderful to see students arriving this morning and we look forward to relocating into our new School building during the Spring”.
Welcome to Watling Academy’s first ever Newsletter from our Head of School, Mr. Bacon.
This first issue is a “Build Special” giving you the latest news on the new facilities in our temporary accommodation at Fairfields Primary and the latest build update from Barrosa Way.
We will be sending regular newsletters out to Parents and Carers to keep you updated on the latest events and news from Watling Academy and we hope you enjoy reading these and sharing with your son/daughter.
Watling Uniform list now available… Make sure that any items you purchase now will still be of an appropriate size in September!! The list has also been emailed home to parents and carers. Please take careful note of our general rules around jewellery, piercings and hairstyles, also check school shoes fit with our uniform requirements.
In order that our community at Watling can function and flourish we have robust plans in place to recruit the best teachers, who will share our ethos and values, bringing learning alive in the classroom.
We are fortunate to have direct access to the Tommy Flowers SCITT (school centred initial teacher training) as a source of the best home-grown newly qualified teachers but at the same time the Maths Hub, Computing Hub, Science Learning Partnership and Teaching School help us attract high quality experienced teachers who have cutting edge expertise in their subject specialisms.
Alongside the appointment of Mr Ian Bacon as Head of School and Mrs Joanne Barford as Deputy Headteacher we have now successfully recruited excellent subject specialists in Mathematics, English, Science, Computing, Humanities, Spanish, PE, Art, Drama, Design Technology and PSHE. We also welcome to our team a dedicated SENDCO and Head of Year 7. Every one of our team has been attracted by the opportunity to develop a vibrant new community and help create a culture of success for your children.
We are currently recruiting to our Associate Staff team and details can be found on our Careers page, Facebook or Twitter.
As you will no doubt be aware the Local Authority is well under way with the construction of the main Watling build on Barrosa Way in Whitehouse. Unfortunately however, the build will not be finished in time to hand over to us by September this year.
We have therefore worked with the Council and the Inspiring Futures to Learn Trust (IFtL) to secure the top floor of Fairfields Primary school for our opening in September 2020.
The Council have agreed to a comprehensive refit of the Fairfields top floor to ensure that we can deliver our exciting secondary curriculum from the word go and we are pleased to say that when we open in Fairfields, all the facilities we need to deliver that challenging and exciting Year 7 curriculum will be in place. For example, we will have two dedicated Science labs, a brand-new DT Food technology room and bespoke IT and Music facilities.
We have been working closely with Mr Shotton, Headteacher of Fairfields and his Senior Leadership team to ensure that the two schools can operate distinctly from each other, with different social times, entrances and arrangements for use of the dining hall. We are grateful to him and his team for all the time and effort they have put into communicating with us and the time taken for the advance planning of our temporary co-habitation.
A number of parents have raised the issue of travel to Fairfields as part of the Section 10 consultation process and this is something we have discussed with the Local Authority, who will do a needs analysis in the Spring once we know exactly which children will be joining us.
It is anticipated that we will move into the main build in the Spring term of 2021 and are closely monitoring the development of the build in conjunction with the Council. Naturally, there is an element of frustration surrounding this, which we share, however we can assure you that the move will be worth waiting for and our community will benefit greatly the outstanding facilities the new build will provide.