Welcome to the summer term at Foxwood Academy. It seems like only yesterday that I was writing to introduce myself, what a great year it’s been so far.
The spring term was a very enjoyable and successful three months at the Academy, I was reminded of how vital all our support staff are and what a crucial role they play in ensuring the Academy runs smoothly and effectively. As you’ll remember we were hit by two unexpected snow days when the ‘Beast from the East’ took hold of the country. It was fantastic to see our administration staff in before 7am phoning transport, staff and updating our social media, our Academy chef walking in from Chilwell to ensure hot meals were ready and our site manager clearing the site and making sure the buildings and grounds were safe. A special mention should also go to our Chair of Governors, Richard Taylor who helped clear the leisure centre driveway and carpark using equipment from his farm. It helps us all to be mindful of the dedication and commitment from these people and give them the recognition they truly deserve, thank you from us all!
A real highlight to the term was the visit to Academy from Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer and medal winner Jo Jackson. The Academy managed to raise over £1795 in sponsorship money. Other events included visits from Notts County who treated us to a penalty shootout and special assembly. Other highlights were the residential visits to Derbyshire, our children and young people were a credit to the Academy in terms of their resilience and attitude and I was incredibly proud to be associated with them. These events really do have a positive impact on our children and young people and remind me of how well behaved, responsive and welcoming Foxwood, staff, students and parents are, thank you!
While on the theme of thanking people we must say a huge thank you to Barbara Pierce who has sadly recently retired from our governing body after five years of service. Barbara brought with her a wealth of knowledge and understanding and a well-respected background in teaching and learning. At the same time we welcome Sam Marshall as our new parent governor. Sam has a background in education and is already asking the challenging questions that all Headteachers need in their drive to deliver outstanding provision.
We worked hard this year to ensure that parents and all stakeholders are fully up-to-date and involved in the life of the Academy. Thank you to all the parents and carers that attended our events such as the transition evening and targeted support evening. The Academy are always open to suggestions and enquiries and we encourage all parents and carers to follow the Foxwood Academy on Facebook.
On a final note, the Academy are delighted to announce its recent collaboration with the Nottingham Schools Trust. This alliance will strengthen the position of Special Education in Nottingham, share good and outstanding practice between Nottingham schools and Academies and ensure that children and young people across the Nottingham area have access to the outstanding provision they deserve.
Have a great summer term and keep your fingers crossed for some sunshine