As CEO of WMAT I am delighted and humbled to be leading this collaboration of Academies. This is an opportunity to make an even greater difference to the lives and education opportunities of our students.
As individual schools, it is important that we retain the local context and identity of our academy. However, I hope we can build even greater strengths by bringing groups of specialist professionals together to facilitate massive gains for us all.
The power of subject leaders working together will bring real rewards and reduce workload, which in turn will impact positively on staff wellbeing. Sharing best practice will bring about energy and motivation amongst both teaching and associate staff.
Our MAT is not about creating a franchise model (McDonalds of Education) but it is about realising the real benefits that can be achieved by joint planning senior staff support and learning from mistakes. It is likely that finding the perfect balance between standardisation and the individual expression of each Academy will take time and evolve naturally as we progress together.
Of course, any change brings with it feelings of concern but motivation and excellence come from autonomy, mastery and impact so, as a Trust, we must do everything in our power to keep to these principles.
Our ambition is clear: to make WMAT a Trust that is outstanding both for the students that learn here and for the staff that work here.
I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone and working with you all.
Thank you for choosing to work in our Trust.