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Jackie Waters-Dewhurst CEO Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust
Jackie Waters-Dewhurst CEO Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust
As part of a continuing commitment to school improvement, the Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT) has appointed Jayne Carter to its team of School Effectiveness Advisors (SEA). Jayne will join the successful Multi-Academy Trust in September 2021 and brings a wealth of experience in leading school improvement to her new role, together with excellent interpersonal and analytical skills. In her position as SEA she will support a creative, multi-faceted school improvement service across the Trust’s diverse range of academies, empowering school teams to improve teaching and learning standards. Her responsibilities will include keeping the Trust up to date with current educational policy and research, and helping to build strong, effective partnerships with a variety of stakeholders in education.
Established by the Diocese of Lincoln in December 2013, LAAT is a unique organisation that celebrates the individuality of every school, whilst promoting an uncompromising belief in the power of collaboration to support all its c3000 pupils to be the best they can be. Although Jayne will be based in Lincoln, the post of SEA involves significant travel, mainly between Trust Schools in South Lincolnshire but also across greater Lincolnshire as required.
With over 25 years’ experience as an educational consultant working across a diverse variety of schools and settings, both locally and nationally, Jayne will be a significant asset to the LAAT and its growing family of academies. Her proven track record in school improvement, together with a focus on a coaching model to shape consultancy and CPD, complements the Trust’s existing team of dedicated and dynamic professionals. Jayne will contribute her skills as a CPD accredited facilitator for NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Maths) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Learning – both leading UK providers of learning resources for teachers. She is also a qualified Elklan speech and language trainer. In addition to these impressive credentials Jayne is an author for Oxford University Press and an award-winning writer for Nexus Education.
Jayne says the values included in the LAAT’s vision and principles, particularly ‘excellence, exploration and encouragement within the love of God’, align with her own ethos of respectful partnerships. She explains: “My motivation for applying for this significant role is to enhance my complete belief that all our children and young people deserve the absolute best life chances we can provide for them. I believe a proactive way to make this a reality is to equip the adults around them with the knowledge and tools they need to guide their children towards their own personalised goals and aspirations.”
As she looks forward to taking up her new role in September, Jayne says she will aim to foster a collaborative and supportive relationship with LAAT’s schools. She concludes: “I aspire to be a colleague they can engage with to strengthen their own professional and pedagogical approaches with a clear focus on improving children's knowledge and skills.”
To mark the opening of its new sports and play facilities, Ruskington Chestnut Street C of E Primary Academy took a step back in time to reveal the contents of a capsule buried in its grounds for 25 years.
The time capsule opening also meant the school could officially open its new Multi-Use Games Astro-Pitch and Activity trail much to the excitement of the children.
Now one of 18 members in the Lincolnshire Anglican Academies Trust (LAAT), the school buried the original time capsule on 11 July 1996 when its tactile garden was officially opened.
With a trim trail and multi-use games area now added to its facilities Chestnut Street is giving its children a glimpse into the past before the capsule is reburied beside a new one, filled with material from this year.
The event took place on Monday 12 July and was attended by Jackie Waters-Dewhurst, CEO of LAAT, Chris Petz, Headteacher in 1996, and Terry Walton, former school caretaker who helped create the area. A third VIP was Tracy Dudden who now works in the after-school club – but was a pupil in 1996 and placed an item in the old capsule.
Jackie Waters-Dewhurst says: “Opening the new facilities is a significant event for Chestnut Street, and seeing both the old and new time capsules will help to underline the importance of the day – not only for the children, but for the wider community.”
Current Executive Headteacher George Trafford says: “Opening the time capsule is a unique opportunity for today’s children to learn about the time when many of their parents were at school. And now we are providing something for the children of today’s generation.
“Staff have guided children to consider what to select for placing in the new capsule. It’s a selection of the children’s own work including letters to the future, prayers, self-portraits, coins, stamps and Euro football stickers.”
The school’s new facilities also include a new teepee and mark-making hut in the Key Stage 1 area and new den-making posts and canopies in the Forest School area. A storybook chair will be added during the summer.
Current Head of School Daniel Doud says: “Some of the new equipment was funded by a donation from the Friends of the School when that organisation closed earlier this year. The rest has come from the school’s capital projects budget.
“The new equipment will have a positive impact on our provision for the children. Development is ongoing, and we hope to develop an outdoor reading area and add new playground markings in the coming months.”
Lincolnshire Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT), a Multi Academy Trust formed by the Diocese of Lincoln, has welcomed Friskney Church of England Primary School and Wrawby Church of England Primary School to its growing and thriving community of schools. Since it was established in 2013, the LAAT has demonstrated its ability to provide excellent school improvement and back office support to its schools, taking the majority to Ofsted Good.
After nine successful years, Jackie Waters-Dewhurst is relinquishing her position as Director of Education (DDE) for the Diocese of Lincoln Board of Education to focus on her role as Chief Executive Officer of the Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT). As DDE, Jackie set up the LAAT in 2013 as a Multi Academy Trust to meet the needs of Church schools across Greater Lincolnshire. Since then, Jackie and her dedicated team have overseen the development of LAAT into a thriving, mutually supportive community of academies, committed to providing the very best education in an atmosphere of inclusion and a celebration of uniqueness at an individual and school level.
School staff have been hard at work creating some amazing videos to share with their pupils, parents and communities as a reminder that, although we cannot be together at the moment, we're all still here and can't wait to get back into school!
Click here to see a collection of videos starring staff and volunteers from LAAT schools as well as some amazing videos sent in by pupils.
LAAT are proud to support Lincolnshire County Council's Covid Teen Heroes campaign, which aims to celebrate teenagers and young people making the right choices during the Covid 19 crisis. The message from LCC including details of how to get involved in the campaign is below:
Jackie Waters-Dewhurst, CEO of LAAT and Diocesan Director of Education, has given a reflection for the Tuesday of Holy Week on John's Gospel 12:20-36
Updates and resources from the Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education
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