Wednesday, 24 January 2007

"We should all be outrageously optimistic and celebrate everything we achieve"... every step of our journey here in Leeds as we build brilliant learning places for all our children and young people.

I visited two of our brilliant learning places today... West Oaks School and Technology College in Boston Spa and Crossley Street Primary School in Wetherby.

My visit to West Oaks was tinged with sadness because it is the first time I have been to the school since Hilary McKewan died there of a heart attack. I still miss Hilary... his energy, passion and ideas, his deep commitment and his belief that no child was a lost cause. I went to the school to talk to Mike Robertshaw about the innovative and imaginative projects and initiatives the school is involved in. West Oaks is a very special place where a talented and highly effective team are releasing a very special kind of magic.

My visit to Crossley street was in response to a letter I received from Ann Lister the Chair of Governors. Ann and Sandra Clynes, the headteacher wanted to talk about their plans for the school and to be reassured that we were still supportive of their overall vision for the school and the community. Crossley Street has really developed over the last few years under Sandra's skilful leadership... with a wonderful new nursery unit and ambitious plans to replace their old temporary classrooms.

We must continue to support and nurture those colleagues who are making a difference and who are changing the world for their children and young people... those colleagues who are pushing the boundaries and inventing a better future.

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