SJT Opens Its Doors As An Academy

Sir John Talbot’s School in Whitchurch started a new chapter in its history today, as it opened its doors to staff and students as an Academy, on the first day of the Autumn Term. Along with this exciting development comes the formal and permanent appointment of new Headteacher, David O’Toole, who has been acting Headteacher at the school since March 2013.

With The Marches Academy Trust as sponsor, Sir John Talbot’s will continue to receive support and guidance from The Marches School. The formalisation of this collaborative partnership between the two schools will now facilitate further growth and development, with leaders predicting “exciting times ahead”.

Recently rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, the school has been going from strength to strength over recent months and in addition to welcoming back existing students and the new Year 7 and 12 intake today, the Headteacher has also recruited 8 new members of teaching staff and 1 new member to the associate staff team.

Mr David O’Toole, Headteacher, commented, “I am excited for the future of Sir John Talbot’s School and am delighted and honoured to begin the permanent role as Headteacher. We have achieved some huge milestones over the past 18 months, including rapidly improved GCSE results and acknowledgement from Ofsted that we are a ‘Good’ school”. Mr O’Toole continues, “The school really does sit at the centre of the Whitchurch community and I am confident that these recent developments and successes will ensure SJT is the school of choice for parents and children in the Whitchurch area.

Mrs Sarah Longville, Chief Executive of The Marches Academy Trust, commented: “There is a drive nationally towards collaboration between schools and we are excited to be leading the way in North Shropshire. Our aim is to continue to build on the firm foundations that now exist at Sir John Talbot’s School, in order to provide the very best education for our young people.”

Arthur Walpole, Chair of The Marches Academy emphasised the excellent work that had been done by the IEB in supporting the recovery of the School’s performance. He said “It was the commitment of all those involved locally and the excellent reports on the response and behaviour of the students that convinced us that we should make a full commitment to supporting Sir John Talbot’s School. This is a new experience for The Marches School, to enter into a full long term commitment, and I am confident that the combined strength of the two schools will bring a mutual benefit leading to further improvement and future success for the benefit of the young people in both communities.”

New Chapter – New Look!
To symbolise the school’s conversion to an Academy, the school’s visual identity has undergone a ‘re-fresh’, including a modernised logo, website, signage, prospectus and uniform. The school will still remain known as ‘Sir John Talbot’s’, as tribute to the school’s long standing history and strong links with the local community of Whitchurch. However, to reflect recent exciting developments and achievements, the school decided the time was right this September to launch a newly refreshed ‘look’, which retains many of the features so strongly associated with the school.

Mr O’Toole added, “The way we present ourselves plays an important role in communicating the school’s personality, values and success. Following consultation with students, parents and staff to gather views, opinions and ideas, we set about the task of re-designing the school logo and uniform. Gone now are the black jumpers and maroon, which has been replaced by a more contemporary colour scheme, with the golden lion at the core. The new uniforms are smart and modern and students are wearing them with pride. The new website is more user-friendly and technologically advanced and the signage will now help the school to retain its Safer School’s Accreditation.”

Open Evening
The school will be holding an Open Evening on Thursday 25th September and Headteacher, David O’Toole, is “warmly inviting” all prospective parents and students to come and have a look around to see, first hand, the huge developments that have taken place at the school. The evening will begin at 6.00pm with the Headteacher’s address.

Posted by marchesadmin on 3rd September 2014, under Uncategorized

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