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Welcome from the Chair of Governors


On behalf of my fellow governors, a warm welcome to our new intake of children, their parents and carers. A warm welcome also to all returning children and their families! We look forward to sharing this new school year with you all.


Early in 2015 we became an academy : you will have seen our beautiful new school badge, designed by our own children. These are exciting times : an INSET Day early in the Autumn term enabled teaching staff and governors to begin looking at the Vision & Values we are eager to see embraced by our students, teachers and governors, a process that we have now begun to take forward.


Mrs Charlotte Newton-Wall was formally confirmed as Headteacher in 2015. The Governors are delighted to have secured her appointment: Charlotte enjoys our full support as she leads Emmanuel Junior Academy forward. 


Emmanuel JA is a church school with strong Anglican and Methodist roots, and a founder member of DSAT, the Diocese of Sheffield Academies Trust. DSAT supports no fewer than 7 academies in Sheffield and Rotherham. A modest top slice from income (1.9%) contributes to the total cost of financial and other services provided by DSAT. Amongst other benefits, all 7 headteachers have begun to share experience and learn from one another. Visits by each headteacher to each of the other 6 academies have now taken place. We have begun to share in other ways, for example by evaluating aspects of each other's modes of teaching as a means of sharing best practice. 


As a DSAT member, Emmanuel recently began to address the challenge of what it means to be a school characterised by Christian Distinctiveness. One model being exploring, developed by the Diocesan Board of Education, encourages children and teaching staff to :


  • enquire into belief
  • encounter Christianity
  • engage with scripture
  • experience prayer
  • explore church


A recent SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) deemed Emmanuel Junior Academy to be a 'Good' school, and we are very proud of this outcome: it speaks highly of the Christian ethos consciously promoted and lived out in our school by its teachers, children and governors.


Other recent developments include major investment in ICT equipment and resources and the purchase of many new books for our Library. Other developments will be reviewed here via a Governors Newsletter published once per term (the first one is now available). This will complement information disseminated through other channels--including this website--by Mrs Newton-Wall. 


Most aspects of the day-to-day running of our academy are devolved to Mrs Newton-Wall, her Senior Management Team and Business Manager Denise Crofts, their work being strongly supported by the Governing Body.


We wish you a fulfilling and successful time here at Emmanuel Junior Academy!



Geoff Gillard

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