As Chair of Trustees, I am delighted to welcome staff, students and parents/carers of The De Montfort School (TDMS) to The Four Stones Multi Academy Trust (MAT). Although the transition to academy status and the transfer from Local Authority management was effected from 1st January 2021, there has been extensive cooperation and communication between the MAT and TDMS leadership teams through most of 2020. The news of an immediate return to lockdown and remote learning has of course been a huge disappointment, but I am confident that the MAT can make a valuable contribution in supporting TDMS to cope with the demands of these strange times. Our focus during the pandemic has been on providing both pastoral and academic support to students to mitigate the effects of school closure. Stuart Weston and the TDMS staff will of course continue to work on these priorities over the coming weeks, so that when we can safely reopen the schools our students will be in the best possible position to resume and reinforce their learning as quickly as possible.