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Dear Parent/Guardian,

I am writing to you to inform you that I have opened a consultation with staff and their union representatives on changing the staffing structure at Samuel Ward Academy.

In the last few years, the Samuel Ward Academy Trust has provided increased funds to Samuel Ward Academy to support its growth through increased pupil numbers. Due to increased pressures on funding, this has now become unsustainable.

At the start of every year, we always review term dates. As the Trust has eight Haverhill schools under its banner, we thought we might look at trying something different.

The main proposal is to extend the October half-term to a second week to make it a fortnight’s holiday.

With Samuel Ward Academy Trust bidding to build two new special schools in Ipswich and Romford, we spoke to Georgina Ellis, headteacher of our Churchill Special Free School, about what is the secret behind their success. Churchill was rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in 2015.


Samuel Ward Academy Trust have announced that they are bidding to run a new special free school in Romford.

They are developing plans which will be submitted to the Department for Education and the London Borough of Havering at the end of November.

The Trust’s proposals meet published specifications for new special schools which SWAT believe they have the infrastructure, vision and experience to deliver.

A new building on the site of a Newmarket primary school has the “wow factor”.

That is the opinion of Lisa Tweed, headteacher at Houldsworth Valley Primary Academy, following the formal opening of the school’s new classroom block.

Christened the Proud Building, the expansive space incorporates a dance studio and science classrooms and is already making a big difference to teaching, according to Mrs Tweed.