Summer Newsletter July 2021
We are nearly there! We are delighted to let you know that
The Flagship School has successfully completed our Pre-Opening Ofsted
Inspection and our Readiness to Open Meeting. It may seem surprising to learn
that a school that has not opened, has no building, nor pupils in classrooms
can have an Ofsted inspection. We
completed that milestone and that allowed us to proceed to our equally
successful Readiness to Open Meeting which was held earlier this month. We are therefore
very happy to let you know that we will be opening as planned in September
2021. We have our Principal, Assistant Principal and School Business Manager in
post. We have recruited our teachers, our therapist, our secretary and teaching
assistants. More recruitment is underway.
Our small team is continuing to grow.
We will open in the refurbished tower block with 24 pupils
in the first year from year groups 5, 6, 7 and 8. More pupils will join each
year until we have our full complement of pupils; 74 pupils from year 3 to year
11, in classes of 8 pupils.
We have been very busy planning the décor, furnishings and flooring
in the school. The refurbishment has started. We have set up all our systems
ready for September. We have involved pupils in the planning of the playground.
We have a new website which go live in August.
Our Principal, Stephanie Salter, has already hosted several open
evenings and has visited pupils, parents and carers. Teachers and pupils have
met online. We have a seaside BBQ planned in August for pupils, parents,
carers, staff and trustees. We are all getting to know each other.
This has been a long journey for the Flagship School Trust, that
I began in 2015, persuading a small group of parents and professionals to join
me in developing our ideas and East Sussex County Council to back us, setting
up the Trust and working hard, as a great team, to jump through a whole raft of
hurdles to be able to persuade the Department of Education to fund the build of
the school. We are thrilled that the pre-opening work has been so successful as
we approach the end of that stage. We will be holding an official opening event
in the autumn term. Keep an eye on the website for details.
Future newsletters will be written by Stephanie, the school
staff and pupils. The flagship Trust will be contributing to newsletters. We
wish all the new school staff, pupils, parents, and carers a warm welcome and
look forward to seeing you all in September.
Have a lovely summer!
Chair of Trustees, The Flagship School
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