As the Executive Headteacher of the Federation, I continually get inspired and overwhelmed by the commitment of our Federation family. Our dedicated team of pupils, staff and Governors are continually striving for a safe, fun and inspiring place to learn. It truly is a real honour to be part of a leadership team leading such an exciting Federation of schools. We are lucky to have Heather Stokes, our Head of School at Eslington, leading across both school sites and Rachel Jukes, our Head of School at Furrowfield, leading across both Furrowfield School and Crossfield House. This Partnership enables pupils to make the transition into secondary education much smoother for them, reducing their anxiety levels linked to this significant change as they already know most of the staff , pupils and routines prior to their move.
The Federation has also provided us with fantastic professional development opportunities for staff such as opportunities to teach different key Stages and to share our expertise skills and knowledge. Our pupils show exceptional resilience and strength on many occasions to overcome and manage their social, emotional and mental health barriers, yet try not to let this hamper their aspirational and ambitious drive to succeed. 100% of our Year 6 pupils at Eslington (who were cognitively able to) attained the expected standard nationally in the SATS, July 2018. Furrowfield’s Year 11 pupils of 2017-18 also attained our best GCSE results to date.
Our team are interested in being the best teachers and teaching assistants they can. They enjoy the additional challenge of understanding how our children learn? What drives and motivates their learning? And then they adapt their approach to ensure that all of our pupils reach their personal academic and personal targets and goals, irrespective of need or barrier presented as an initial challenge. Our shared ambitions for the future is to build confidence, independent learning skills, resilience and drive that will support our pupils to grow into happy, confident, knowledgeable and skilled young people prepared for a future of working life and a range of social situations.
I am proud that despite current budgetary constraints in education and other educational pressures, our team thrive on overcoming adversity and challenge and we continue to improve our offer for all children and families who are part of our Federation community.
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Michelle Richards, B.Ed (Hons) MA (SEN), NPQH
Eslington and Furrowfield Schools Federation