A Christmas Message From The CEO
We are finally reaching the end of term and what has been a very challenging and unprecedented year for everyone. When we welcomed our students back after the Christmas break in January, none of us could have foreseen what lay ahead and the turbulent times we were going to face. It is fantastic news that vaccinations are now being rolled out and there is a real sense of hope for the future.
Covid-19 has been a monumental event and so many have suffered losses to family and friends and my thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected personally. I am very proud that our schools have remained open throughout the pandemic and that we have been able to continue to serve our communities wherever possible given the restrictions that have been placed upon us.
There has never been a more important time to place the care and wellbeing of our students and staff at the heart of everything we do. We ensured that we did everything possible to achieve this by undertaking extensive risk assessments, Health and Safety audits carried out by expert providers, well being surveys, enhanced cleaning programmes and site modifications. Our staff have worked incredibly hard to ensure that all our students continue to receive a high quality education as safely as possible during this period. I want to thank them personally for all their incredible efforts over the year and recognise that this hasn’t always been easy.
Despite all the uncertainties, our schools have continued to strengthen and both Keresley Grange Primary and Parkgate Primary achieved ‘Good’ OFSTED judgements this year. Examination results across all our secondary schools were very positive and showed that our students’ academic progress continues to improve. We are now working with Coventry City Council to extend facilities at each of our secondary school sites so that we can educate an increased number students in the future.
Despite all the additional pressures placed on us by the pandemic crisis, we are delighted that Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre joined the trust on 1st December. This development was two years in the making and involved colleagues working closely with a number of partners at the school and the Department for Education. As you may have read in the press, the academy’s move to The Futures Trust has been brokered with substantial additional Department of Education capital funding to support remodelling and improvements of the site at Hinckley Academy. In addition to these improvements, the trust has also secured a DfE commitment to the provision of a brand-new classroom block providing 3220m² of state of the art teaching space.
As the holidays beckon, I recognise that this may be a time of reflection for many of us and I hope that this message affords all of us who are connected with The Futures Trust to feel proud of what we have achieved this year. Following a well earned break, I look forward to continuing our important work in 2021 and building brighter futures for our students, our staff and the communities we serve.
I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Peter Thomas, CEO, The Futures Trust