Thursday 2nd September 2010 by C. Freeman
Hundreds of staff from the three Academies in the Brooke Weston Partnership met up at the Executive Principal's first Annual Reception. It was a chance for those from Brooke Weston, Corby Business Academy and Kettering Science Academy to forge closer professional links with colleagues from their sister schools.
The event, which took place at Corby Business Academy, was attended by the heads of all four educational phases in the partnership, as well as senior management, teachers and support staff. Each group had the chance to meet others with their specific specialism to share ideas in an informal setting.
Mr Simpson reflects on each Academy's progress.
Executive Principal Mr Peter Simpson spoke of the achievements and results of each of the schools individually, reflected on the progress made so far, and the need to be constantly aspirational in order to provide the best education possible for young people in Corby and Kettering.
This year has seen Kettering Science Academy achieve the best ever results at GCSE and A Level and 36% of students at Corby Business Academy attained five or more good GCSEs including English and maths. This year Brooke Weston also saw its exam results rocket with 100% of students achieving nine or more GCSEs and 61% of A Levels graded at A* to B.
Staff liaise in the library at CBA.
Mr Simpson said: 'I am so delighted with the achievements of every one of our schools. Students will go to the expectations that we have of them … if you believe they are going to achieve, then basically they do. We start this year from a terrific position, excellent results, terrific success and in three years' time we will have a new school in Kettering and Corby Business Academy will have the exam results from its very first cohort of Academy students.
'When I look around this room I see so much expertise concentrated in one place. Within this partnership the expertise in almost any facet of education is remarkable; early years education, special needs education across the spectrum, experts in Sixth Form, experts in GCSE, experts in subjects. When we want to learn something new, or take something forward or want to professionally develop, the first place to look is to ourselves.'