Removing Barriers – helping disadvantaged children reach their full potential

REMOVING BARRIERS: Wimborne Academy Trust inaugural conference at Queen Elizabeth School. Guest speakers Catherine Leahy, Kerry Brown, Kate Cairns and Sarah Conant with WAT Chair of Trustees John Dickson (far left) and CEO Liz West (far right).

REMOVING BARRIERS: Wimborne Academy Trust inaugural conference at Queen Elizabeth School. Guest speakers Catherine Leahy, Kerry Brown, Kate Cairns and Sarah Conant with WAT Chair of Trustees John Dickson (far left) and CEO Liz West (far right).

A Dorset education trust has set out how it will ensure children from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their full potential.

Wimborne Academy Trust hosted its first ever conference to spread its vision to more than 260 teaching, support staff, academy committee members and Trustees.

The ‘Removing Barriers’ conference was held at Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne and welcomed four highly regarded experts in this field – education consultant Kerry Brown, Senior HMI Ofsted inspector Catherine Leahy, author and social worker Kate Cairns and Chief Operating Officer of Inclusion Expert, Sarah Conant.

Wimborne Academy Trust inaugral conference at Queen Elizabeth School. Guest speaker Catherine Leahy

Wimborne Academy Trust inaugral conference at Queen Elizabeth School. Guest speaker Catherine Leahy

CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, Liz West, said: “As dedicated education professionals our ultimate aim is to help every single child we teach reach their full potential.

“One of the biggest challenges we face is ensuring our most disadvantaged children make the right progress and reach the attainment we know they are capable of

“This conference was all about how we, as education leaders, teachers and support staff, can all work together to remove the barriers that can prevent those children from being the best we know they can be.”

Wimborne Academy Trust has developed a Disadvantaged Pupil Strategy to ensure every child reaches their full potential.

The strategy sets out how the Trust’s nine schools will help the most vulnerable pupils develop and build resilience to grow into successful, happy adults.

Kerry Brown of Go Fish Education and conference key note speaker said: “It was such a privilege to work with such a forward-thinking trust.

“By putting disadvantaged children at the centre of all planning and policy, the trust is ensuring that all children have the opportunity to reach their potential.

“A magnificent well-done to all the staff, teachers, headteachers and trustees for their dedicated commitment to raising standards for all.”

Wimborne Academy Trust inaugral conference at Queen Elizabeth School. CEO Liz West.

Wimborne Academy Trust inaugral conference at Queen Elizabeth School. CEO Liz West.

Wimborne Academy Trust has nine first and middle schools in east Dorset – Allenbourn Middle in Wimborne, St Michael’s Middle in Colehill, Lockyer’s Middle School in Corfe Mullen, Emmanuel CE Middle School in Verwood, Witchampton CE First School, Colehill First School, St John’s First in Wimborne, Hayeswood First School in Wimborne and Merley First School.

 

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