Thursday, 20 May 2010

I moved on to the Official Opening of Pudsey Grangefield Maths and Computing College...

It was great to see the school again and to listen to James Allen and Matthew Popple, two Post-16 students, talking about their Millenium Development Goals project and showing a powerful DVD about the challenges we face with giving every child an education. I talked about brilliant learning in brilliant learning places and what we have achieved through Building Schools for the Future here in Leeds and in particular at Pudsey Grangefield. Our vision for our school buildings is that impressive school buildings are important but that this has to be the backdrop for a clear shared vision, powerful leadership, a culture of success, outstanding teaching and learning and a 'Think Team' approach that brings the building alive and helps release the potential and the magic in our young people. Ken Cornforth, the headteacher, talked about the journey the school had been on and what they had achieved with the support of colleagues from Education Leeds, Leeds City Council, the LEP, Interserve, Environments for Learning, RM, Partnerships for Schools and the community. The Lord Mayor, Cllr Judith Elliott, then presented the plaque to the School Council who officially opened the school.

The opening ceremony summed up everything that is great about Pudsey Grangefield with young people at its heart and an inspirational team coaching and nurturing everyone on a pathway to success.

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