Chair Letter to Tyntesfield Parents / Carers

Letter from Chair of Board of Trustees to parents and carers of children at Tyntesfield Primary from October 2018

Letter from Chair to Tyntesfield Parents and Carers October 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to school after a hot summer! For those who are new to Tyntesfield, I’m Jamie Whyte, and I’m the Chair of the Inspiring Learners Trust Board. Tyntesfield, along with Bollin Primary School in Bowdon, is part of our Trust. We will be holding an informal session this term to give parents the opportunity to come to school, meet the trustees, and find out more about what we’re doing as a trust. More details will be given out in the coming weeks.

In other trust news, we’re really pleased that our website is now up and running: We’ve got a blog there, profiles of Trustees, and all our policies and other documents.

We’ve also made a couple of appointments to the trust which we’re very excited about. Jill Usher is our new finance director, and joins with a huge amount of experience managing finances in the private sector. Multi-academy trust finances are very different to school finances, and this will give us confidence that we are compliant with the rules that we are bound by, as well as making the most of any opportunities that are presented to us.

We are also extremely pleased that we’ve appointed a Head of School at Bollin Primary School. Natanya O’Hara joins in January, and this means that Mrs Spark will be able to properly work as Executive Headteacher over both schools, working with Mrs Manion and Mrs O’Hara to really start to get the benefits of collaborative working.

Our new joint local governing body is now in place, and consists of parents, staff, and community governors from both Tyntesfield and Bollin Schools, some from Tyntesfield’s previous governing body, and some new people. This new body have met a couple of times to establish their vision for how they’ll work. I joined for the end of one of the meetings, and there was a real buzz as everyone got involved in shaping their plans for the future.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Mrs Thompson from the school office. I’m sure everyone will have the same feelings as me, but Mrs Thompson was such a great person to have on the front desk of the school - friendly, warm and welcoming to everyone. What people probably don’t know is the huge amount of work and effort that Mrs Thompson put into helping get the trust set up. She will be missed, but I’m delighted that she’s agreed to join the local governing body.

We are however delighted to welcome Mrs Yates as our new Office Manager and I’m sure that Mrs Yates and her team will continue to run a brilliant school office.


Jamie Whyte

Chair - Inspiring Learners Multi-Academy Trust