Since I last wrote on my blog we have had a range of interesting news about a change of sponsor, as many of you will already be aware. If you are not then I would suggest you read the news and background to the story at http://www.dartmouthacademy.org.uk/news/news-about-e-act/
The good news is that we are making rapid progress towards finding a new, local, sponsor, one with whom we will be able to accelerate the pace of improvement at Dartmouth Academy. I cannot say anything about the new sponsor yet but we expect to be able to make an announcement before Easter.
The key message is that the children at the Academy will see no immediate change, being taught the same subjects by the same teachers in the same rooms. Well, the same rooms until next term because the other factor that is not changing is our move into the new part of the Academy.
We take possession of Phase 1 at midnight on Monday 31st March and start moving equipment and facilities across between April 1st and 22nd; all in time for the children to return on St George’s Day, Wednesday April 23rd.
The final week of this term, when we will only have children in Year 2, Year 6 and Years 11-13 in attending lessons mean we are able to reinforce their teaching and allow staff time to pack and move.
We are currently in the process of writing a guide for parents about how to access and use the new buildings, which will be issued before we break up. In addition there will be open days in the second week of the Easter holidays to allow you to see the building for yourself in advance of the new term.
During a tour yesterday, dedicated to looking at furniture, new kitchen equipment, pin boards and whiteboards, I took the opportunity to take some more photographs. 3 weeks to go and still a lot of work to be done – I have every confidence it will be!