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3 things that are creating excitement across our trust

3 academies in the trust and each one living through an exciting story. It’s a good time to be the CEO of the Trent Academies Group – but then when isn’t it?

Let’s go to Farnborough first. Last night The Clifton Awards took place at the academy. Former England footballer Jermaine Jenas – one of Clifton’s own – and local MP Lilian Greenwood presented the prizes. It was a special night. Work such as this has led to Farnborough being shortlisted for the Department for Education’s Character Award. It’s a great honour and a tribute to the work that is taking place on a daily basis to raise aspiration and to ensure everyone is equipped with the traits required to lead happy and successful lives.

And then Arnold Hill where the new building is almost complete. Groups have been given tours and there is a real belief that it is a game changer. The upper school is long past its sell by date and the bulldozers are ready to move in. The new building is special. State of the art classrooms, a theatre and a sports hall are included. Arnold Hill pupils will have a very different experience from September.

And finally Rushcliffe where a consultation is underway with the community about plans for the new Arts/Languages block. The money has been made available by the government and it is hoped that planning permission will be granted. When combined with the recently opened Sixth Form centre the new block will transform not only the appearance of the school but also the learning environment for pupils. The second reason for excitement at Rushcliffe is the announcement from the TES that it has been shortlisted for the Secondary School of the Year Award. Only 6 on the list. Quite an honour.

At each academy teams of people are doing their very best to create the best possible life chances for young people. At the moment examination pressures dominate everyone’s lives. I really hope that there is time to reflect upon the great moments that each academy – and therefore the Trent Academies Group – is living through.

And outside the sun is shining.

Phil Crompton