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A welcome from the Principal

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you virtually to Netherwood Academy.  I took the helm here at the beginning of September 2020 after almost 10 years Headship experience in two schools elsewhere in Yorkshire, and I am committed, alongside my staff team, to doing everything in my power to ensure Netherwood is the school of choice for all secondary-age students in the wider community.

We have ambitious plans to take the school further on its journey to “inspiring beyond measure”, backed by Astrea, a forward-looking and values-driven trust which operates a large number of primary and secondary schools throughout South Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire.

My personal ambitions for Netherwood are very straightforward – to provide an excellent all-round education for every student, whatever their background, and inspire them to be ambitious for themselves, both academically and socially, so that they go out into the wider world as responsible citizens, fully-equipped for what life has to offer.  This will include a commitment from us, as staff, to broadening students’ general cultural awareness, and we aim to do this via, amongst other things, the Astrea Netherwood Promise, which we will be using as a vehicle to offer a range of cultural opportunities to all our young people.

Our facilities are modern and extensive, and we have worked hard to ensure curriculum areas and extra-curricular activities are well-resourced and accessible to everyone.  We have dedicated, state-of-the-art spaces for indoor and outdoor Physical Education, as well as the Visual and Performing Arts, including Music, Drama and Dance.

From September 2021, we are also expanding our provisions within school for students with additional needs, and we are looking forward to developing learning spaces which are the very best they can be for all our students.

Our academy is a bright and vibrant community, where children sit at the very heart of everything we do.  I very much hope it is a community you would like to be part of.

Best wishes

Mr J Mitchell

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