Transatlantic rower and ardent adventurer, Debra Searle, was the keynote speaker at the launch of the Saltash Multi Academy Regional Trust (SMART) training event, held on Monday 24th February at saltash.net community school.
On January 1st, Landulph Primary School converted to Academy status and formed part of a Multi Academy Trust with saltash.net community school. To officially launch the work of the Multi Academy Trust and acknowledge the close partnership alliance that has been taking place over the last eighteen months between saltash.net and Burraton Primary School, a training day, involving 170 teaching and support staff from saltash.net community school, Burraton and Landulph primaries took place on the Monday following the half term break.
The introductory talk, given by Executive Head, Isobel Bryce, celebrated the many advantages of cross phase partnership working – ‘Together we are stronger’ for the young people of Saltash being the key message for the day. Mrs Bryce was delighted to introduce as the guest speaker for the SMART event, local adventurer, Debra Searle. Debra delivered an engaging and inspirational keynote speech, based on her experience of crossing the Atlantic single handed in 2011 after her then husband, Andrew Searle, had to ‘abandon ship’ just a few days into the expedition. She encouraged everyone to stand firm in the face of challenge and adversity and draw on support from the team around you.
The majority of the training day was spent attending workshops led by staff from across the three schools involved, designed to share good practice and give plenty of opportunities for staff to network and share expertise and experience.
A logo, designed by ex saltash.net student, Dan Humphreys, was also unveiled for the first time during the SMART launch. Incorporating the ideas of the children from the school councils at Burraton, Landulph and saltash.net, the logo will be the ‘official’ image for the Multi Academy Trust but will not replace the logos of the individual schools who form part of the Trust.
Speaking at the end of the day, Ollie Lee, Assistant Headteacher and organiser of the event said, ‘This was a great example of collaboration and was only possible due to the many staff that shared their own great practice with colleagues. We also had indispensable help from six year 7 students that helped organise staff on the day, the smooth running of the event would not have happened without them. I’d like to thank the students and all the staff that ran workshops on the day, I hope this is just the beginning of a close working relationship with staff from across the Academy.’
Richard Arundell, Acting Head of School at Landulph, said, ‘Thank you so much for making us feel part of such a fabulous day. Landulph school may account for only 3% of the total student population of the MAT but you have made us all feel so much more than that today. What has shone out for me today has been the collaboration and networking that has gone on. It has been great to put faces to names, to talk and share ideas and to be inspired to go away and keep doing what we’re doing, but know that we aren’t doing it alone anymore!’
Lisa Tamblyn, Headteacher at Burraton, said, ‘Today we have seen three schools come together – new bonds have been formed and already good relationships have been strengthened. It’s been a day of joining together, supporting each other and learning from one another in order to create the best conditions for learning that we possibly can.’