Dear Parents and Carers,
I am delighted to be able to introduce myself as the new Headteacher of Inspire Academy as of September 2017. All the staff and children have made me feel very welcome and I feel privileged to be joining your school community. Being a father of two teenage children and a resident in Medway, I am very much aware of the responsibility that my staff and I have in ensuring that the highest standard of teaching and learning is evident in all areas.
Since my appointment, I have had the opportunity to work in the school for the last couple of weeks of the summer term and I thank Ms Bull for her support in ensuring the transition to a new Headteacher was as smooth as possible. I would also like to formally welcome Mr. Burgiss to the SLT who joined earlier this term providing us with a full SLT which are appropriately skilled.
It is crucial as we look to continue our journey of improvement that we continue to add expertise and experience in the specialist areas we feel necessary. I will be working closely with Mr Jordan, the Executive Headteacher & CEO of PLT to ensure the Academy benefits from the variety of support that the Trust can offer and a separate information letter will come out in September detailing the support the Trust has and continues to provide.
My priority as Headteacher is to ensure that Inspire Academy continues to aim to become an outstanding school with students leaving with fantastic memories and skills that enable them to become in society. I want to get to know the pupils, staff and wider community in order to build an excellent team to work alongside me. This is to ensure we are able to meet the needs of all our students to achieve their full potential in their academic, creative, personal, physical and moral development. An example of how I would like to develop the relationship with parents and carers is to meet with you in early September to show you the newly refurbished teaching spaces as well as discuss with you the next stages of the build so we can ensure your views and wishes are captured and reflected in the design.
I know how vital working in partnerships with parents really is, in order for children to find school a positive and rewarding experience. I strongly believe achievement and enjoyment go hand in hand to ensure each child’s excellent progress. I hope you will support our high expectations in all areas, especially in achievement, attendance, uniform and behaviour.
I am sure I will be meeting many parents when students join us on Friday 15th September. Shortly, I also hope to hold a ‘Headteacher briefing’ so I can share future plans and for me to gain a wider knowledge of the parent community. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries, concerns or there is anything I can do to help and support you with your child’s learning and school life.
I would like to thank you personally for your continued commitment and support towards the staff and students of this school. Please do not hesitate to contact me using the Academies main contact number if you have any queries, comments or questions.
Mr M. O'Donnell