Open House!

It was great to play host to two visits lasts week, each reflecting our status as one of the country's leading centres for the development of student leadership and independence.
The first, from the Youth Sport Trust's Research and Innovation Development Manager, Tracey Healey, focused on how we are using our innovative PE curriculum to develop students' wider personal and social skills.  In addition to learning about the techniques and tactics associated with individual sports, the PE Department now plans each lesson to ensure that it covers skills and values such as team-working, respect and friendship.  This work is contributing significantly to a piece of national research on the new Key Stage 3 PE curriculum and the role of sport in a young person's development.  It was a great pleasure to welcome Tracey to school to witness what we are doing at first hand.
The second, from Carter School in Poole, also focused on the role of PE - this time in relation to student leadership.  They wanted the opportunity to discuss the ways in which our teams of Young Leaders help to shape both their curriculum and the learning of other young people  at so many of our primary partner schools.  Brilliantly hosted by student representatives from our student leadership teams, the staff went away literally buzzing with ideas!  I'm now looking forward to following up the visit with a reciprocal opportunity to discuss how they are using iPads to enhance learning across the school.  We launched our own pilot scheme in Year 7 earlier this week, and I'm very excited to learn more as we explore the further roll out of this initiative across the school.