The Active Learning Trust – A Letter from Scott Gaskins

The main work during completion of the building work itself in the summer, was the installation of the IT hardware, the kitchen and some of the specialist rooms in Highfield Littleport. Then, throughout August, the newly appointed Site Manager and Campus Business Manager trained in all aspects of the building, from servicing the hydrotherapy pool to managing the security systems.

Both Heads of School have been working with Dawn Holmes at the Leisure Centre to ensure the campus will be a harmonious place to study, work and relax. Every effort is being made to co-ordinate the management of all the buildings on the campus to make it a safe, relaxing and enjoyable place to spend time.

Transition week for LECA took place at Neale Wade Academy in early July meaning the students did not miss out on Secondary school experience despite not being able to visit their own school. Students took part in a sports festival on the Monday, growth mindset activities on day two and then spent a whole day in lessons on the Wednesday. Thank you to all the primary staff who accompanied the students and helped out on what was a very busy but very rewarding week.

Highfield Littleport Academy has experienced a huge influx of requests for placement and we are staffing the school accordingly. We look forward to being able to meet the needs of a wide range of learners. Working in partnership with LECA we will be able to have a comprehensive curriculum offer which we are excited to commence.

The final recruitment drive was also in July with a variety of key support staff posts advertised from Science Technician to Midday supervisors. The campus team is now in place and ready start in September. The roles are all vital for the smooth running of the campus and everyone will have their part to play in making the transition to Secondary as smooth as possible for our students.

Two dates for those who are keen to look around the new Academy and for those considering sending their child to us in 2018/19. The first is Thursday 21st September where we will open the doors to the general public from 4.30 – 7pm. Students will be on hand to tour groups of people around and the teaching team will be there to answer your questions and talk about the school. Then, on Wednesday 27th September from 5pm onwards, we are running our Year 6 Open Evening for parents who are considering sending their child to LECA the following year. We look forward to welcoming you in September after what promises to be a very busy Summer holiday.

Scott Gaskins, Head of School – Littleport and East Cambs Academy
Yvonne Skillern, Head of School – Highfield Littleport Academy

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