"Hi Chris, I am writing to firstly thank you on behalf of the group from Sweden for the wonderful and stimulating visit we had last week in Leeds. The arrangements and support from Allyn and her team were first class and she and her colleagues should be congratulated on providing such a fine programme. Secondly all of your team who offered their time, expertise and knowledge during the morning discussion groups should be commended on an excellent job and really this is the key to knowledge sharing and exchange and the networking of senior professionals. Thirdly, I would like to thank all of your heads from the four schools visited as well as their teams and the students involved who really inspired the group to ‘think outside the box’. We were so impressed by the work done at the schools and the wonderful atmosphere we found in all four of the schools visited. A great and truly warm thank you to all concerned and especially the schools, Carr Manor High, Carr Manor Primary, Notre Dame 6th Form College and Park Spring Primary. Additionally we would like to thank The Derek Fatchett Learning Centre for a very stimulating visit which by the way is going to bring real life benefit to the children of Sollentuna as some ideas gained are going to flow on into a newly developed youth centre. These opportunities to share knowledge and exchange ideas are going to bring both cities many more real benefits in the future than those already gained.
Interestingly Chris in the four years we have been visiting and had connections with Leeds we at ICG can notice a real difference of atmosphere in the schools, a high degree of professionalism and commitment amongst leaders and we can see that your professionals have a real sense of achievement. Best Regards, John"
It's great to get feedback like this and it simply reinforces what I have been saying... the future is here in Leeds it's just inconsistently distributed.