My name is Sulina Piesse and I am delighted to introduce myself as the Executive Headteacher of Atam Academy, part of the Khalsa Academies Trust. I began teaching over 15 years ago and have been involved in school leadership for over a decade. For the last two years I have led the incredibly successful Khalsa Secondary Academy (KSA) in Slough. It is an honour to be now leading Atam into the next stage of its development.
Atam is an all-through academy; its primary provision opened in 2016 where those joining us in Reception have the chance to remain with us until they finish their education at 18. In September 2019 we will welcome our first Year 7 cohort who will have the chance to be the leaders of our academy.
An all-through education at Atam Academy will provide many opportunities to boost academic and personal development for all students through shared specialisms and resources, access to a wide range of ‘out of school’ activities and leadership opportunities, such as working with our primary children, that will boost their CVs and university applications.
Being a part of our all-through academy will provide secondary aged students access to a wider range of ‘out of school’ activities due to greater resources and leadership opportunities from working with primary children that will boost their CVs and university applications.
I want our students to know that they can achieve whatever they want, whether that’s university, high level apprenticeships or even setting up their own business. We will have a strong careers focus and students will study an expanded version of the International Baccalaureate curriculum so they can access opportunities in a global market.
To help facilitate this goal, we are building a strong network of partners to support the delivery of a rich and varied curriculum. This will ensure that students are equipped with the skills that employers need and have the opportunity to experience a variety of activities to formulate their own career path.
Atam is an inclusive academy. We utilise our Sikh ethos to provide everyone with a strong moral foundation. At KSA I have witnessed first-hand the positive impact this has had on every student, whether a practising Sikh or not; they develop a strong sense of community and collective behaviour is better than any other school I have witnessed.
On top of all of this, we have a new purpose-built, state-of-the-art school to provide students with an inspiring and unique learning environment. I would like to welcome everyone to come and see for themselves what an excellent education students will receive at Atam. We have a number of opportunities to visit and I would encourage all parents seeking a secondary school to join us at one of them.