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Welcome to Coppice

I wrote to all parents on 1st June 2018, welcoming Coppice to Central Learning Partnership Trust and expressed my delight at them joining our school improvement partnership with Heath Park and Moseley Park. I also explained that given the academy conversion date was in the middle of the external examination season, I was asking the interim headteacher to remain in post until the end of the academic year. I am pleased to say that all examinations have now been completed and I thank parents for supporting their children through what has been an exhausting experience and in particular pay huge tribute to the students themselves for their all their hard work and application. I hope upon hope that this is rewarded when examination results are published in August.

The commitment the school has always made to provide every student with the highest quality opportunities for personal development remains unchanged. What has changed however is the means by which this will be achieved. No longer will the staff be working in isolation as a single entity school they will be collaborating with colleagues in the other two schools within the partnership to seek out and share best practice. The collective resources within the partnership will be used to the benefit of all our students. We already work very closely at Post 16 with students accessing courses in all three settings and this collaborative approach to working will develop further as we progress the partnership. Our other secondary partner schools are amongst the highest performing not only in the city but regionally and nationally and I am confident that Coppice will follow suit.

There is no intention to change the school motto: “Dream Believe Achieve”, which I understand was created by the students. However, we do need to move this from rhetoric to reality and that can only be done if pupils, parents and staff work in partnership and place high aspirations and strong ambition at the heart of everything we do. I have always believed implicitly in the capacity of young people to achieve whatever it is they set their sights upon but have learned the lesson that achievement is delivered through that all-important partnership of “1% inspiration, 99% perspiration”

We, as the Executive Leadership Team, look forward to the start of the next academic year and the start of a new chapter in the life of Coppice Performing Arts School.

Doug Selkirk

CEO Central Learning Partnership Trust