8 September 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students

Welcome back to Fallibroome for the new school year and a particularly warm welcome to new families joining us in Year 7 and 12.

We have enjoyed a successful summer with plenty to celebrate following GCSE and A Level results days and we return to school buoyed by the success of Team GB at the Olympics. I will share some reflections with students in assemblies on how sporting success can be mirrored at school by sharing the same principles: hard work; responding to coaching and feedback; bouncing back from setbacks and showing pride, and humility, in belonging to a special team.

Results Headlines

It was great to see so many happy faces on A Level results day as the vast majority of students achieved the results they needed to take up their University or Apprenticeship offer. Provisional figures of 63% A*/B with 29% at A*/A and a remarkable 23 students achieving three or more A grades was a terrific return for a hard working group who made a significant contribution to the culture of our school. Our collective results were very pleasing but special mention should perhaps go to James Chasty, Josie Campbell and Jack Eales who gained places at Oxford University and Ed de Sousa who achieved A* and A grades in a total of five subjects.

A week later it was a similar story on GCSE results day as the majority of our Year 11 students achieved the results they needed to move onto the next phase of their education, at Fallibroome or College. Highlights included 34% of grades awarded at A*/A with 76% of students achieving the old benchmark of 5+ A*-C EM. A staggering 38 students achieved nine or more A*/A grades with Finn Chapman, Mae Eales and Dulcie Whadcock bagging A* grades in all eleven of their subjects.

Congratulations are due to all students who achieved their targets and my thanks go to the dedicated team of teachers and TAs and parents who supported and guided students to such success. Further details are available on our website.

Trust News

You will know that we established a four school Multi-Academy Trust in 2014. We have proved the success of the model by supporting The Winsford Academy and Broken Cross Primary Academy’s move from challenging circumstances to stability and improved student outcomes; we have also supported Nether Alderley Primary’s drive for outstanding status as they prepare for inspection. On 1 September 2016 we welcomed two new Primary schools to the Trust: Whirley Primary and Adlington Primary and are in early discussion with two further Secondary schools. Our plan is to grow to eight schools and then consolidate.

In order to manage this exciting school improvement agenda my role will evolve to Executive Principal/CEO and Mr Power will assume the role of Headteacher. He will be supported by Mr Martland who joins us from The Ecclesbourne School in Duffield, Derbyshire as Vice Principal. I will retain responsibility for Fallibroome, along with the other schools in the Trust but Mr Power will manage the school’s daily operation. The additional funding streams we can access as a Trust and the opportunity to collaborate with other schools will ensure our stability and ability to attract the best teachers so we can meet our aim of continuous improvement.

As we embark on another year of achievement may I thank parents for their support and wish our students every success. Just as Team GB brought pride to the country I know that our students will represent Team Fallibroome with distinction this year and I look forward to meeting parents at one of the many celebratory events in our calendar.

Yours sincerely
P W Rubery
Executive Principal/CEO