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posted 18 Jan 2017, 03:11 by James Dorey

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Christmas Productions and events. Each and every one of them was a huge success and we were very proud of all of our pupils and students. You should by now have received the DVD of your child’s performance if you ordered one and I hope these will be a lasting memento for you to enjoy in years to come.

Safeguarding Review and AET Review of the Academy

Parents/carers will be aware that we had two AET reviews last term. I am pleased to inform you all that the Safeguarding Review outcome was Effective (schools are only graded as Effective or Ineffective).

The AET Review of the academy agreed with our own assessment that we are a Good school. AET are working closely with senior leaders to ensure that we continue to improve.

Music Therapist

I am pleased to be able to share that Emily Grimes, a Music Therapist, is starting with us this term. Pupils who have Music Therapy on their Statements/EHCPs wil join therapy sessions and the therapists will report back on progress to the parents/carers of those children.

PD Award

The Columbus PD (Physical Development) team received their School Games Gold Award 2015/16 recently. Congratulation and well done to all concerned.

London Marathon 2017

We were thrilled to learn that Mr. John Mean will be running the 2017 London Marathon for Friends of Columbus School and College. John works in Sainsbury’s, Springfield. If you see John collecting in store, please do say hello. We are incredibly grateful for John’s support and this commitment to Columbus. You can sponsor John via his Just Giving page

AET Christmas Video Competition 2016

We were delighted to be informed during the Christmas holidays that Columbus had won the AET Festive Video Competition 2016 (Special). Congratulations to all concerned in the making of this video. We will be receiving a prize in due course. You can watch all the winning videos via the following link:

Acheeve Competition

We have also just been informed that we will be receiving a prize voucher for our entry into the Symmetrikit Postural Care decorated Acheeva competition. Again, well done to all concerned!

Facebook and Twitter

A reminder to our new parents/carers that Columbus is on Facebook and Twitter. Do follow us and keep up-to-date with what is happening in school.

Tom Jackson-Owens
Acting Principal

(If you are able to, please remember to support Columbus via Easyfundraising, or register at So far we've raised the fantastic sum of £1901.57 with your support. Thank you!)