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Dear parents and carers,

It is with great pleasure that I write to you this afternoon, with our end of term Pillars of Excellence Newsletter attached, as opposed to anything with ‘COVID’ in the title!

As we draw to the end of another long, busy and stressful year for many, I hope that you will be able to take a few minutes to flick through our Trust’s Newsletter, and to enjoy some of the most recent, fantastic achievements of our brilliantly talented young people; all of whom we are immensely proud.

This term, in particular, has seen further challenges presented to us by COVID and these, undoubtedly, will continue into the New Year. Yet, we have still managed to achieve so much as a community, across all schools and divisions of the Trust. Despite the added complications of ever changing COVID guidance, we have safely held a variety of events through our City View Pre-Schools and Nurseries, The Canterbury Primary School, The Canterbury Academy and its Sixth Form, and our Youth, Community and Extended Services Team; the culmination of which was our Trust’s spectacular Christmas Cabaret at the beginning of December, with nearly 500 young people involved!

In line with the traditions of kindness, reflection and goodwill at this time of year, I wish to thank, most sincerely, the exceptional staff across our Trust, who I remain privileged to lead; without them, and their unwavering commitment to our ethos, many of the opportunities that we provide for the young people and families of our Trust might not be possible. As always, I would also like to thank you, our community of parents, carers and families, for continuing to work so closely with us as we navigate our way through these difficult times together and united; the support and positive challenge that you offer is both valued and appreciated in equal measure. But, most importantly, I wish to thank your children, our wonderful students, who continue to rise to every challenge, grab every opportunity and embrace every experience with a smile on their face; living, laughing and learning together. They are the inspiration for all of us, and they are what makes The Canterbury Multi-Academy Trust so special.

 I know that our Heads of Schools across the Trust have already been in contact with you, regarding the plans and timings for the start of next term. Should there be any further changes to COVID guidance through the Christmas break, we will be sure to update you as soon as we are able.

It only remains for me to say, on behalf of all my colleagues across the Trust, that whatever plans you have for Christmas, you and your families will never be far from our thoughts.

I hope you all have a restful and very Merry Christmas, with all best wishes for a healthy and Happy New Year.




Jon Watson
Executive Principal