CEO’s update – November 2019

CEO’s update – November 2019

As we approach the busy Christmas season, I would like to share with you some of the work that has been going on in our Trust schools and across the Trust as a whole.

The children and young people in our schools have been working hard and continue to impress us all with their achievements.  A huge thank you to all the staff in our schools for their commitment and dedication in providing so many opportunities for our young people to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the world and to develop their skills and confidence.  Thank you also to our parents for their support, both in encouraging their children with their learning and in supporting the events and activities taking place in our schools.

We are absolutely delighted that on 1 November, Rolvenden Primary School joined the Tenterden Schools Trust.  We have been working closely with the school over the last year and it is so pleasing to be able to confirm that our close relationship will continue into the future.  Rolvenden is a small village school dedicated to serving its local community, an ethos which is at the heart of our vision as a Trust.  Ms Sam Crinnion has been appointed the Executive Headteacher of Rolvenden alongside her Executive Headship of the Tenterden Primary Federation schools; Mr Nick Leggat is Head of School at Rolvenden and Mr Ben Vincer is Deputy Headteacher.

We are also able to confirm that Mrs Tina McIntosh continues as Head of Schools at Tenterden Primary Federation and Miss Tracy Burdett has taken on the Deputy Headship across the TPF.

Rolvenden Primary School have already been involved in two big events within the Trust.  On 11 November, we held our annual Trust Remembrance Service at Homewood.  Pupils from all our schools joined us for this poignant and moving event.  Cadets formed a parade, wreaths were laid by pupils from all the schools, readings and poems were read and everyone joined in the two minutes’ silence.  The Trust were joined by members of the Royal British Legion, representatives of the local community and by clergy from our local churches.  I personally found it truly moving to see over 2000 young people standing in respectful silence throughout the event, joining in our commitment to work for peace across our world and our promise not to forget those who had given up their lives for our security.

Rolvenden Primary School pupils also joined the Tenterden Schools in creating the artwork which is currently installed outside St Mildred’s Church.  This was created alongside members of the Memory Café and was part of the work prepared for the annual Tenterden light parade and Christmas Market.  Based on the glass sculptures of the artist Dale Chahuli as displayed at Kew Gardens, this work was made out of hundreds of recycled bottles and is truly stunning.

One of the things that is really important to us as a Trust is the sense of being rooted in our community, so linking with the local community for events and activities which provide great opportunities for our young people is one of the things we love to do.  St Michael’s CE Primary School is absolutely at the heart of its local community and this was apparent once again when they hosted the annual Fireworks Display earlier this month.  None of these events would be as successful without the incredible support of parents and we are all really grateful for the work they do to help make these important events happen.


Meanwhile, our staff have been working together to deliver our dream of creating a smooth 0-19 learning experience for all the young people in our Trust.  We are looking closely at the vocabulary our young people are developing, both generally and specifically within subject areas.  Primary and Secondary teachers have met together to look at their English and Science curriculum and our Maths teachers are working together on the mastery curriculum.  At the same time, our SENCOs and FLOs are meeting regularly to make sure that we are providing the best possible support for pupils with particular needs.  Our annual TST staff training day takes place in November and the focus this year is on the development of vocabulary across all age groups.

We love working together, sharing good practice and learning from each other, all with the aim of ensuring the best possible education for our young people.

And now I am really looking forward to the many Christmas events coming up across the Trust.  One of the great joys of being CEO is that I get to see the plays, shows, concerts and performances across all the schools.  Homewood has its Drama and Dance shows and the annual Carol Service coming up soon, and all our primary schools have their Christmas plays and carol concerts to enjoy.  I look forward to seeing lots of you at these events.

There is so much more I could share, but that is plenty for now…..I will try to make sure I post updates regularly on the web-site to keep you all informed about the work we are doing as a Trust.

Sally Lees

CEO, Tenterden Schools Trust

November 2019