YEAR seven pupils aren’t the only new starters our Academy this term.
We would like to welcome 13 new teachers.
Our new staff members have taken up positions across the school’s faculties, from maths, English and science, to PE, drama and modern languages.
They join our existing staff of 25, led by new principal Sian Thomas.
Sian said: “Thirteen might be unlucky for some, but not for St Aldhelm’s – this fabulous new team of specialist teachers which will help us take our teaching to a new level.”
She continued: “All of the new teachers hail from successful schools across Dorset and really impressed both myself and our Trust.
“They also mean we now offer a ratio of one teacher to every nine pupils.”
St Aldhelm’s was taken over by Bournemouth-based Ambitions Academy Trust (AAT) in June.
AAT has a track record in transforming underperforming schools and already runs Tregonwell Academy and Queen’s Park Academy in Bournemouth, which have both been rated as Outstanding by government inspectors.
Ambitions Academy Trust Chief Executive and National Leader of Education, Brian Hooper said: “When St Aldhelm’s Academy joined AAT this summer it joined a family of academies all striving for a common goal – to be Outstanding.
“The St Aldhelm’s mantra is High Expectations Lead to High Achievers and as with all Ambitions academies Sian and her team work on the principle that the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers.
“Parents who choose St Aldhelm’s can expect outstanding leadership and a team of specialist teachers dedicated to ensuring all our pupils receive an education which helps them reach their full potential.”
St Aldhelm’s is inviting the public to see its new facilities and meet its new leadership team at an Open Evening at the school in Herbert Avenue, Poole, on Thursday October 1, from 6-8pm.