Principal Designate, Guy Hutchence continues his monthly round-up of preparations for the new East Manchester Academy. This month he has news of an event for prospective sixth-formers.
It’s the end of November and it seems no time at all since I wrote the October blog! It’s been another busy month where I have been attending more design meetings on site and recruiting new Academy staff.
I am delighted to report we have appointed some excellent staff so far for English, maths, science and modern foreign languages. We’ve also recruited a second Vice Principal – Jane Clewlow – who will be heading the Teaching and Learning Team and will join us next May. She’ll also be assisting with appointing other key staff members in the Spring.
As these pictures show, the school itself is cracking on apace. The glass atrium facing Grey Mare Lane is now complete which means the contractors can continue with the library and Academy interiors.
We have also been making further plans for the Career Sixth Form which will see over-16 students utilising the top floor of the Academy from September next year. Only a limited number of students will join us each year which will mean we can personalise a learning programme to suit each student.
We are holding a special event at Cube gallery on Thursday, 10th December (5.00-7.30pm) where we hope to meet prospective sixth form students and their parents. On the evening – which has been organised by our sponsors – representatives from local universities will be on hand to discuss the opportunities on offer.
All this as well as dropping off newsletters to primary schools across the area has kept us busy, and the next few weeks up to Christmas look hectic too. I must take this opportunity to wish every reader a very Happy Christmas and I hope 2010 is everything you wish it to be!