Yes I've been really busy since I last wrote about two hundred years ago. I left my first Principal job to take up a second one in a new Academy in Weston-super-Mare, near Bristol. At first I wasn't too sure if I really wanted to do this as I was still developing the curriculum in my school at the time, but the temptation to be able to work with archtects in the design of a brand new school was too much.
It wasn't actually a brand new school, but actually took over from an existing underperforming school (thirteenth lowest in the country in terms of results) and converted to Academy status. We opened on 1st May 2011 and it's been non-stop since then. It is in an area of very high deprivation and low aspiration.
We've designed the building with Project Based Learning in mind and it opens sometime May 2014. We're excited to say the least. I'll share building plans in some kind of easy to read format soon.
PBL is still very much central to what we do and hopefully, bit by bit, I'll bring this blog up to speed with where we are. In the mean time here's a link to our Vision which outlines the curriculum and ethos underlying it. For all three of you who have read the my previous blogs, you'll notice that there are some big developments on previous thinking. Download HPA vision June 2013