CEO Blog

Celebrating our culture, diversity and heritage in Batley, 11 October 2021

On Friday young people from one of our secondary schools were delighted to showcase their art work and creative talents at Batley Train Station, when they unveiled their creations to our MP, Kim Leadbeater, and local councillors and other dignitaries. A group of talented year 8 artists from Upper Batley High School worked closely with local artist Emmeline North on her installation work “The Joy Project”. 26 individual and bespoke door and window panels have been designed to represent the history, heritage and culture of our wonderful town. This artwork represents the start of a new town trail where further artworks and murals will be unveiled over the coming months for everyone to enjoy. There will also be an app everyone can download to tell the story of Batley’s history via these vibrant artworks.

Our family of schools are proud of our artistic talents, which are celebrated and developed via our successful annual Changes Project, and through creative collaborations such as this one with local artists and Creative Scene. At Batley Multi Academy Trust we talk about Batley being famous for beds, biscuits and brilliant education. This superb work showcased across our community is evidence of that talent and success. As scientist Albert Einstein once famously said “Creativity is intelligence having fun”.

Be the very best version of yourself, 4 October 2021

Across our family of schools our staff teams work hard to ensure all our young people receive a great education, and high quality pastoral care, guidance and support. Our mantra to our staff teams is always be the very best version of yourself, and we ask our young people to do the same. Since we returned to school this term we have held lots of staff training events, our Parents’ Forum groups have recommenced, and our community is working hard together to deliver a great education for all. We hope you enjoyed reading the first edition of our new Trust newsletter “The Batley Buzz” which showcases the great work being undertaken in each of our schools. There will be a new edition every month.

This Sunday is World Mental Health Awareness day and at Batley Multi Academy Trust we take our young people’s emotional health and wellbeing seriously on that day, and every day. Our family of schools offer a wide range of clubs, activities and curriculum enrichment opportunities. These have never been more important than now for our children to grow and to develop skills such as resilience, problem-solving, social interaction and leadership. There really is something for everyone.

The Batley Buzz, 27 September 2021

The Batley Buzz is the title of the Trust’s brand new newsletter which will be released this week. The purpose of our newsletter is to showcase the brilliant work undertaken in our family of schools, and highlight all that Batley Multi Academy Trust has to offer to our young people and our local community. Our newsletter features updates from each of our 5 schools, key safeguarding links for families, information about our outstanding careers education and much more besides. Our Trust offers a wide range of engaging curriculum enrichment activities, and we see our Trust, and our family of schools as being at the heart of our local community. Community Makes Us and the unity in community is key. Our secondary schools have been holding all of their Open Evening and Open Day events for year 5 & 6 students, and the Batley Buzz has been evident across our whole family of schools. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to come and look around our superb secondary schools.

Welcome Back, September 2021

The Batley Buzz has been evident in all our schools as we welcomed our young people back into our family of schools this term for the start of the new academic year. Our family of schools is here to ensure that all our children receive a first-class education coupled with the very best care, guidance and support. We work hard across our Trust to raise the aspirations of our young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. No child left behind. Ever.

Our five schools all have their own identity, and our school leaders all share the philosophy of effective collaboration where we celebrate the differences of each school through strong collaboration, to inspire everyone within our learning community to be the very best version of themselves everyday. A strong ethos of mutual respect underpins our Trust, and our five schools lie at the heart of their community. We believe that Community Makes Us, and the unity in community is key.

As the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Trust, it is both a privilege and an honour to lead Batley Multi Academy Trust (BMAT) and in the coming weeks we will be launching a new look website, with a Trust newsletter and regular updates about the great educational experiences young people are engaging with across our family of schools. I firmly believe that the hopes and aspirations of our children are best served when the adults work together to ensure those dreams become a reality. At BMAT we see our schools as being at the very heart of our community, and we have a key role in making a positive difference in children’s lives and ensuring our young people are well prepared for adult life.

Sam Vickers

CEO, Batley Multi Academy Trust