Federation head speaks of better times ahead for academies, students and staff

February 28 2016

THE new head of the federation that runs Yate and Winterbourne international academies said they were now more optimistic places for pupils and staff.

Adam Williams with Woodlands Nursery children during their regular Forest Friday exploration days.

THE new head of the federation that runs Yate and Winterbourne international academies said they were now more optimistic places for pupils and staff.
Adam Williams, chief executive principal of the Ridings’ Federation of Academies, said the academies had been through “darker days” and they were facing a “long journey” ahead.
But he spoke positively about their future and said much about them was already very good.
Mr Williams was appointed to his role after troubled times were experienced by the academies, both of which were judged by education inspectors to be in need of improvement.
He replaced Beverley Martin, who only joined in the spring of 2015 but left at the end of October after facing criticism of her leadership style and having to deal with a strike by teachers.
Since his recent arrival at the federation, he has attended a number of briefings, assemblies, classes and meetings at the two senior academies and at the Woodlands Primary Phase and Woodlands Nursery in Yate.
Mr Williams said: “The Ridings’ Federation is an organisation full of people passionate about serving the children and families of their local community through the pursuit of effective teaching and learning strategies.
“While it is clear that the academies have been through darker days, they are each now much more optimistic places for staff and students to work.
“The students require outstanding outcomes to prepare them for the world of work and to achieve these, their education must also be outstanding, from nursery through to sixth form.
“While we have a long journey ahead of us, so much in each academy is already very good and together we will ensure all students realise, pursue and achieve their full potential as young adults.”