It is with great excitement and anticipation that I welcome you to the consultation period for the Stephen Longfellow Academy. The consultation process is now open and I urge you to contribute.
The Stephen Longfellow Academy will offer both high educational standards and excellent individualised support for pupils who are struggling to reach their potential within their current mainstream school.
The Stephen Longfellow Academy will work in partnership with both primary and secondary schools to ensure that by far the majority of pupils remain on roll at their school and are supported back to full time attendance following a period of intervention. For some pupils, particularly those in the last two years of their education, the best outcome might be to remain at The Stephen Longfellow Academy.
The Stephen Longfellow Academy will bring together a range of professionals under one roof, from education, health and social care, to work in a truly multidisciplinary way. This means that pupils and families will receive the best education and care designed around them and their child.
As Principal Designate I bring a great deal of expertise within both Special Educational Needs and Alternative Provision. I have taught children and young people with a range of additional needs for a great many years as well as teaching in mainstream primary and secondary schools. I have had to have had two successful headships one in a special school for pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties and Autism and more recently as the head of two schools one for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties and the other an Alternative Provision. I am fully aware of the challenges and opportunities The Stephen Longfellow Academy will bring.
I am very passionate and driven to secure the very best for children and young people who experience for different reasons, most out of their control, difficulty maintaining a positive placement within mainstream education without additional help. The Stephen Longfellow Academy is designed to not only maintain placements but to support pupils to thrive, reach their potential and enjoy school. I am reminded of the quote below that;
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
We may not be changing the world but the potential of The Stephen Longfellow Academy to significantly positively impact on the lives of many children and families is great.