School Shares Positive Advances With Jo Churchill MP
Howard Community Academy had the pleasure of welcoming Jo Churchill, MP, who visited their improving school recently to share some of the exciting developments that have occurred over the past 18 months.
Since joining Anglian Learning in April 2020, progress has been made in improving pupils’ engagement in learning and their achievement. A key priority has been improving the reading through increasing children’s interest in the range of opportunities reading has to offer. Working with Anglian Learning partners and the Arts Council, a focus on the Arts as inspiration in the school’s improvement journey has led to every child having the opportunity to engage creatively in partnership through local Arts and cultural partnerships. This journey has enabled a breadth of new experiences including children co-creating two eye-catching murals with local artist, Alfie Carpenter, on the theme of “A New Horizon”. The school hosted an outdoor exhibition of pupils’ work and explored how children can use and define their school space though the creative and performance arts.
Alison Weir was appointed as substantive headteacher in May 2021 she talks about the growth in children’s confidence, despite facing the challenges of the pandemic. She says “providing aspirational experiences is one of our key values that underpin all we do. It is at the heart of building our outward looking community.”
Alison continued: “The dedication and hard work of our committed staff shines through as we work together to further develop our vision for the school. – A safe, calm inspiring environment at the heart of the local community where all pupils are well supported to achieve everything they can.’
The recent easing of restrictions has enabled pupils to reconnect with each other as a whole school community again, rebuilding links and making new connections with a range of partners in the local area and beyond.
Alison Weir, Headteacher said: “Taking groups of children out and about on local trips and visits, attending sports events around the town, competing in Bury in Bloom and working in partnership with Abbeycroft Leisure to develop our Healing Woods project are just a few of the inspiring opportunities we are creating to enrich pupils’ experiences.”
Jonathan Culpin, CEO of Anglian Learning said: “We welcomed highlighting to Jo Churchill MP the many experiences provided to pupils, empowering them to embrace new ideas and think creatively. Anglian Learning believes in equality of opportunity and supporting learners of all abilities from all backgrounds. It is important that the local community work with us as we strive to overcome challenges and positively advance Howard Community Academy as a school where learners thrive.”
Jo Churchill MP said: “I was delighted to chat with Alison, Jonathan and pupils about the positive changes to Howard Community Academy. The visit gave me the opportunity to see first-hand how they are working to improve the whole school environment, for the benefit of both the staff and most importantly the pupils.”
Photographs of Jo Churchill MP with Alison Weir, Headteacher and Jonathan Culpin, CEO of Anglian Learning.