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Dear parents and carers,


As is ‘normal,’ I write to you this evening to enclose our termly Pillars of Excellence Newsletter, and hope that you may find a few moments over the coming days to read and enjoy some of the most recent, incredible achievements of our young people across The Canterbury Academy Trust.

When the collective doors of our nurseries, schools and divisions opened again in September, we did so with a positive determination to make sure that all of our young people were able to return to an educational experience that was as ‘normal’ as possible. Although we felt confident that our well established culture would see all of our students adjust to things being normal again quickly, despite all of the challenges that the last two years have brought, they still blew us away. Their maturity, commitment, drive and resilience has been nothing short of inspirational; as has their determination to support each other and respect the variety of anxieties and concerns that quite understandably still exist, as we continue, as a team, to keep moving forward carefully and sensitively in our recovery from COVID. With that said, can I also thank you, our parental community, most sincerely, for working so closely and supportively with us. Your feedback is, and will always be, absolutely vital in getting things as right as we can, as quickly as we can. Please, as we continue on this journey together, don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions, concerns or thoughts.

We close the term, having just delivered a series of successful ‘Open Events’ for next year’s prospective Year 7s at The Canterbury Academy, which has seen over 500 families visit our campus; the feedback from whom has been overwhelmingly positive. We feel humbled that all of our schools, including The Canterbury Primary School and our brilliant City View Pre-Schools and Nurseries, continue to be oversubscribed; and we remain determined to continue providing ‘as much as possible, as often as possible, to as many as possible’ for all of the young people, families and communities that we proudly serve across the Canterbury District, East Kent and beyond.

On behalf of all my colleagues across the Trust, I wish you and your families a relaxing and healthy half-term break, and look forward to seeing our students back in school at the normal time on Monday, 1st November.

With my very best wishes to you all,

Jon Watson
Executive Principal