We had a fantastic start to the new academic year at our Annual Compass Conference on Monday. Staff, trustees and governors from across our seven schools, attended the event, kindly hosted again by Halley Academy. Our theme this year was ‘Stronger Together’ and this was brought out powerfully by our key note speakers. We heard from Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE and Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE, Team GB Gold Winning Olympic Hockey Players, about creating a culture of success, Mufti Hamid Patel CBE, Chief Executive of Star Academies, spoke passionately about the responsibility of all adults to bring children hope, and Professor Sam Twisleton OBE, talked of the importance of a curriculum design that is purposeful, developmental and relevant, in order to enable effective learning. We are looking forward to taking the messages from today with us into the year ahead, they certainly resonated with our Trust values of ambition, optimism, and resilience.